League and cup defeats for Tynemouth cricketers
It was a disappointing weekend for Tynemouth Cricket Club who slumped to two defeats in the space of 24 hours in games they could and perhaps should have won.
On Saturday they went to Burnmoor as two of the top four went head to head on a turgid wicket at the Village Ground. Burnmoor declared on 113 for 9 after 53 overs but, despite a first wicket stand of 35, 33 from Ben Debnam and 36 from George Harding, the Seasiders could only muster 104 all out and came up nine runs short.
Spinners Graeme Bridge with 5-33 and Craig Stephenson with 3-35 did the damage and Burnmoor now find themselves top of the League with just four games to go. Tynemouth remain fourth.
On Sunday Tynemouth played Washington in the final of the Banks Salver at Preston Avenue on a much better wicket for cricket thanks to the efforts of Groundsman Paul Jackson.
Washington made 157-7 from their allotted 40 overs with Adam Hickey making a fine half century before 15 year old off spinner Evan Hull Denholm had him caught by Mike Jones at long off. The five man bowling attack of Bedja, Lonnberg, Harding, Pollard and Hull Denholm all bowled tidily setting up a great chance for a famous victory but once again the batting failed to fire.
A patient innings of 40 from Mike Jones and a fine late cameo of 35 from Wesley Bedja gave the home side hope but Man of the Match Mark Watson and veteran Ash Thorpe proved too good for Tynemouth and Washington were deserved winners by 17 runs.
Better news was brought back from Sunderland when the 2nds fielded first and dismissed their hosts for just 131, Sam Robson claiming 6-19 in a devastating nine overs spell.
After a good start led by Josh Koen with 28, Chris Beever 20 and Graeme Hallam 35 not out eventually saw Tynemouth home by seven wickets. Callum Hutchinson had taken 5-12 in seven overs to cause the Tynemouth middle order big problems. Victory sees Tynemouth second place in the table.
On Saturday, the 1sts are away to Newcastle in the NEPL Premier Division, whilst the 2nds are home to Newcastle in Division 2.