Botha’s spin helps to earn Tynemouth 11 vital points

Heavy rain resulted in Tynemouth third team's game with Kirkley being abandoned.
Heavy rain resulted in Tynemouth third team's game with Kirkley being abandoned.

TYNEMOUTH firsts drew their game away to Newcastle on Saturday and in the process picked up a valuable 11 points.

The hosts batted first and lost both openers cheaply to the bowling of David Hymers 3-57 and Nick Armstrong 2-32.

James Davidson was then caught at the wicket by Matthew Brown off Armstrong before Durham player Ian Blackwell fell in the same way to Hymers.

Then it was the turn of Patrick Botha, benefiting perhaps from some additional net practices with some of the second team this week, who stole the show with a terrific spell of spin as he finished with figures of 5-43 as Newcastle succumbed to record 192 all out.

Phil Morse 0-24 and Ollie McGee 0-33 worked hard as Botha dug out those final, important wickets.

The Tynemouth reply saw Richie Straughan (14) and returning skipper Ben Debnam (11) make a steady start.

Both were caught before Armstrong was trapped lbw to Blackwell.

Botha then showed the other side of his still developing game with a mature 33 in a good stand with Brown (36).

Sam Robson made a useful 32 and Morse 29 but, although the target was getting closer, the importance of staying in when in those 20s and 30s was becoming more apparent.

Stanyon with three wickets and Blackwell with two were making a case for the Newcastle cause and the overs were ticking away.

Last orders saw Chad Koen not out nine and Ben Richardson not out one with the final total of 183-7 a disappointing ten runs short of victory.

Meanwhile, the second team, at home to Newcastle in the reverse fixture, were promoting their cause with a successful chase of a similar target to that of the first XI.

Newcastle batted first with Peter Hirst (53) and Dan Humble (26) making a good start against the bowling of Finn Lonnberg and the more economical Owen Hollins, who trapped Humble lbw to record 1-13.

Chris Beever was the main success story for the hosts with a back to form 5-59 as wickets steadily fell.

Newcastle posted 197-8 with Lonnberg and Tony Lion the other wicket takers.

The Tynemouth reply was all about man of the moment Marcus Turner, promoted back to the second team after his century for the thirds.

Ben McGee fell caught and bowled to Feanon for six, then Turner hit a typically rapid 121 not out, supported well by Andrew Davison’s 50, bowled by Hirst, with Andrew Lineham notching up 14 not out as victory was well ensured.

With the loss of only two wickets, Tynemouth took 29 points from the game and are in a comfortable fourth place in the table.

The third team were looking for their fourth win in a row in division one of the Northumberland League, hosting Kirkley.

Skipper Richie Hay lost the toss and was asked to bat.

Openers Vince Howe and Ben Richardson started steadily with the clouds threatening before Richardson was bowled for five by Nicholson with the score on 16.

Jack Byerley hit one encouraging boundary but then offered a simple caught and bowled to the same bowler.

Ian Stewart was caught in the slips for two, giving Nicholson an impressive 3-9 off eight overs.

Meanwhile, the experienced Howe was digging in and selecting his attacking shots well and had moved on to 29 not out.

Mark Packham made a good start with three not out but then heavy rain intervened.

After 50 minutes of play with thunder and lightning in the western sky, Preston Avenue was hit by the deluge and play was abandoned in the 17th over with the score on 46-3.

Five points were obtained but the winning run had been halted.

Forthcoming games: Thursday, Under-15s v Gateshead Fell (away), 11am, NEPL Under-15 Cup.

Friday, Seconds v Blaydon (away) 6pm, Roseworth Trophy.

Saturday, Firsts v Gateshead Fell (home), 11.30am, NEPL division one; 
Seconds v Gateshead Fell (away), 1pm, NEPL division two; NCL 3rds v GEM (away), 1pm, NCL A1.

Sunday, Firsts v TBC, Charity Bowl Final, venue TBC; Thirds v South Shields (home), 2pm, NEPL division three.

Wednesday, Under-
11s NEPL Finals Day at Tynemouth, first semi-final at 9am, second 11.45, and the final at 2.30pm.