Bowlers let down by batting collapse

TYNEMOUTH hosted Stockton on Saturday and despite a brilliant performance with the ball they slumped to a four-run defeat.

The visitors batted first and were soon in trouble as David Hymers (4-35) and Andrew Smith made inroads into the top and middle order.

After the opening pair of Jennings (10) and Rickard (21) had been dismissed, Patrick Botha saw off the visitors for only 95 when he bamboozled the tail with his spin when taking 3-5.

Tynemouth thought a regulation victory would follow – but how wrong can you be.

Just as the Stockton batsmen had suffered in the cold and wet conditions, so Tynemouth felt the pain.

Wickets tumbled around Marcus Turner who made 47 before being bowled by Jennings as one of his victims in a destructive display of 6-42.

Rory Cox (12) and Matthew Brown (11) made double figures but the remainder of Tynemouth’s batsmen left plenty of ink in the scorer’s pen.

Tynemouth were left just four runs short of the Stockton total, all out for a paltry 91 as Waite took 4-21.

Stockton 20 points

Tynemouth 5 points

In the reverse fixture the second team continued their surge up the table with a victory over Stockton that sees them now third after six games.

Batting first, Tynemouth made a respectable 181, based on Chad Koen’s much awaited return to form with 62, stalwart Tony Lion with an important 25 and the returning David Hayward (34).

Stockton were then dismissed for 118.

Opener Ward (52) showed some resistance but he eventually became one of young Ollie McGee’s four victims.

Finn Lonnberg went one better claiming five wickets as youth won the day.

Lonnberg 5-32, Owen Hollins 1-24, McGee 4-33 and Ryan Macciocchi 0-26.

Tynemouth 24 points

Stockton’s 5 points

The third team travelled the short distance to Monkseaton but failed to go the full distance in their 50 overs game, being dismissed by their hosts for a mere 66 on a cold and wet afternoon.

Following some early runs from Ben Richardson, run out for 15, Jack Byerley (8), Andrew Davison (12) and Chris Fairley (15) were the main scorers as former player Scott Graham wiped up the tail with a devastating 4-6.

Monkseaton also found the conditions for batting difficult and suffered early losses at the hands of Ed Snelders 3-20 and James Carr 3-31, but the Monkseaton men won by threewickets.

Tynemouth prop up the first division table and take on Stobswood this weekend.

n Under 11s: South North Blues 224 (+24), Tynemouth 226 (+26).

Another inexperienced Tynemouth team made the trip to South North in a league fixture with two more players, Adam Williams and Daniel Weir, making their competitive debuts.

Will Kerr won the toss and elected to field on a fine looking wicket.

Kerr and Adam Harvey shared four wickets between them to reduce South North to -5 at the half way stage.

Debutant Adam Williams took a wicket before the final South North pair added 14 runs.

Finn Hodgson, Kerr and Harvey all top scored with seven before final pair Ben Chater and Williams saw Tynemouth home thanks to a boundary by the former.