Hymers ensures Fell fall to defeat

AFTER two major midweek cup wins for the first team and a win for the ladies, all three of Tynemouth’s sides won at the weekend.

The first team hosted Gateshead Fell and the visitors batted first on a good wicket.

After a steady start by openers Javed Malik and Richard Steele, during which some chances were dropped by usually reliable hands, Malik was bowled by David Hymers.

He then made inroads in the visitors batting line-up as wickets fell at regular intervals.

Hymers bowled unchanged for 17.3 overs, taking an outstanding 7-28.

Finn Lonnberg removed Steele for a top score of 20 with a catch by Chad Koen and Patrick Botha cleaned up with a short spell of 2-4 as the Fell tumbled to 67 all out.

Tynemouth did not take long to complete their simple task with Richie Straughan 22 not out and skipper Ben Debnam unbeaten on 42 finishing the job in only the 14th over.

Tynemouth are now more comfortable in eighth place in the table with three wins.

The seconds travelled to the Fell in the reverse fixture and also fielded first.

Owen Hollins and Josh Koen soon had the openers back in the pavilion and then Koen destroyed the batting line-up with four more quick wickets.

The Fell were really struggling at 39-7 with Ollie McGee joining the attack to good effect.

The score moved on to 53-8 as McGee took his second wicket before a minor recovery by Arkle (58) and Philips (29) gave the score a more respectable look and frustrate Tynemouth to a degree.

Tony Lion finally had Arkle stumped by David Hayward and back came Koen to see Philips caught by Graeme Hallam to record an impressive 6-39.

In reply, Hallam was stumped for seven but Dan Candlish (42) and Tony Turner laid a firm foundation for the winning reply.

Skipper Andrew Lineham took advantage of the situation to cut loose and record 63 not out with Tynemouth home by five wickets.

Tynemouth are now third in the table with five wins and only two defeats.

The third team made the trip to Wardley Field to play Gateshead Ethnic Minorities in division one of the Northumberland League.

Tynemouth skipper Richie Hay won the toss and had no hesitation to insert the hosts on a dubious wicket.

James Carr and Dan Storey opened the attack to good effect with the GEM batsmen playing some wild shots from the outset.

Carr caught and bowled opener Faizan Ahmed for only one before Storey bowled fellow opener H Mohammed for 12, then took a second with a sharp catch by Simon Ward.

Max Robertson then held on to two catches at mid-off, from the bowling of Storey, to see GEM struggling to post a significant score.

Robertson himself took three wickets while Don Catley claimed the ninth wicket with the score on 108 but then the final pair then proved resistant. A late flurry of runs saw the hosts all out for 159.

The Tynemouth reply saw Jack Byerley out for a duck to a tame caught and bowled off Xohaid Shahid.

However, Nick Brown was joined by the self promoted Hay at number three and this pairing successfully moved the score on to 80 before Brown was unlucky to play on to leg spinner Faizan Ahmed for 29.

Hay had been aggressive from the start and hitting boundaries over the lengthy grass of the outfield.

He lost partners Phil Currell (6) and Ward (2) before Carr brought back some stability as the score pushed on to 139 off 30 overs.

When Carr was out bowled Ahmed for 17, Tynemouth then lost youngster Sam Maguire lbw for one and Hay, annoyed with himself for not seeing the job through, out caught and bowled Ahmed for a splendid 66 including five fours and two sixes.

In came bowling hero Storey, but he pushed young James Straughan into a suicidal second run, sadly out for a duck as the first run was called short.

Then Catley joined Storey with ten needed to win and only two wickets left.

With the help of some no balls, the tail struggled home by one wicket in the 37th over as Catley was out lbw for two to Mansoor, Storey four not out and Robertson one not out.

On Thursday, August 16, the first team are at home to Eppleton in the Just Sport semi-final while on Saturday the first team are away to Stockton, with a start at 11am, while the seconds host Stockton at 12.30pm.