Cricket club chairman satisfied with the progress

TYNEMOUTH Cricket Club chairman Russell Perry expressed satisfaction at the steady progress made during the 2011 season.

The first team moved up three places to finish ninth this season despite having decided not to re-engage Pakistani fast bowler Shahid Nazir at the end of last season and being unable to field a Durham contract player.

Nazir’s replacement as Tynemouth’s overseas player, Rameez Shahzad, proved a great success with both bat and ball, scoring 864 runs at an average of 41.14 and taking 32 wickets at 26.56.

It was, however, the progress made by Tynemouth’s up and coming home grown players that was most noticeable.

Fast bowler David Hymers forced his way into the Northumberland Minor Counties team after taking 44 wickets at 14.83.

With Andrew Smith, Matthew Brown, Josh Koen, Chad Koen and Phil Morse all finding their way into Northumberland’s Development Team and the emergence of 14-year-old Oliver McGee, already on Durham CCC’s radar having taken 43 wickets at 19.94, the club are well placed to develop further.

The second team finished third in the NEPL Reserve Division with the emergence of McGee, Ryan Macciocchi and Finn Lonnberg the undoubted highlight of the season.

Skipper Andy Lineham had a solid season with the bat and 18-year-old Ben Richardson showed glimpses of the talent he undoubtedly has.

The third team, led by Richardson, finished top of the NEPL third team league and again was dominated by the club’s younger players.

The Saturday third team finished second to Hebburn in the Northumberland League and gained promotion having been well led by Richard Hay.

At junior level the clubs under 15s were thwarted by the weather after reaching the regional round of the ECB Championship only to lose on the toss of a coin.

At under 13 level the club carried off the NEPL Championship for the first time while the under 11s finished third.

Perry said: “With many clubs struggling financially it is rewarding to see the emergence of such a strong group of home grown players.

“The pyramid system in the north east is under review with two divisions of the NEPL a possibility in 2013.

“I hope next season we will build upon the progress we have made and be in a position to be well placed whatever the re-organisations throw up.

“There remains much to do off the pitch during the close season but I think all concerned can look back with some satisfaction despite such a rain ruined season.”