Last pair hang on

Mordue anticipates.
Mordue anticipates.

TYNEMOUTH first XI travelled to Stockton and came away with 11 points.

Stockton batted first with David Hymers and Ross Willett opening the Tynemouth attack.

Hymers 2-33 had one early success before Ward and Oliver built a second wicket partnership.

Second change Andrew Smith claimed both, aided by a catch behind by Greg Hollins and an lbw decision.

Number four Seymour (96) was the foundation of the Stockton innings before also falling lbw to Smith in his impressive 4-26.

Rameez Shahzad took 2-55 and Morse 1-24 was the other wicket taker as the hosts made a respectable 250-9.

Tynemouth replied with openers Ross Burdon and Richard Straughan starting cautiously.

Straughan fell lbw to Kevin Ward for eight and then James Ward dismissed Dan Newton for 21 in the same manner.

Kevin Ward then caught Burdon for 17 to complete a good start for Stockton.

Shahzad (33) and Matt Brown (35) then gave Tynemouth a timely boost as the score moved healthily on and upwards.

However, when these two perished a rearguard action swung into operation.

Skipper Barry Stewart scored 11, Greg Hollins a duck, Smith nine and Phillip Morse another duck.

It was left to Hymers (10 not out) and Willett (7 not out) to secure the draw with Tynemouth 183-9 at the close to give the Tony Newman Decorators sponsored side 11 points.

Opening bowlers Kevin Ward 2-65 and James Ward 5-57 had dominated the innings and truly warded off Tynemouth’s chances of getting even close to Stockton’s total.

Tynemouth are eighth in the premier table.

Tynemouth second XI, in their reverse fixture, hosted Stockton and the visitors started with Lee Ward and Steven Ward at the crease, the former succumbing to Finn Lonnberg for only nine.

Baleci at number three top scored with 72 before becoming one of Ollie McGee’s five victims in a terrific start to the season for the youngster.

Stockton also fielded a Michael Ward, who was another McGee victim in his 5-46

Owen Hollins 1-14, Lonnberg 2-44 and Tony Lion 2-27 were the wicket takers with Stockton all out for 204.

There were no wickets this time for Russell Perry 0-37 and Dan Storey 0-25.

The Tynemouth reply saw an excellent start by Tony Turner 52 and Hollins 35, well supported by 39 from Ian Stewart.

Andrew Lineham contributed 15 but Lion made sure of the main prize with a superb 52 not out and a final boundary as Tynemouth secured the win with only four wickets down to take 25 points from the game and secure sixth place in the table.

Tynemouth thirds travelled to Backworth for their rearranged home game with Civil Service.

Civils elected to bat and skipper for the day Ed Snelders took the first over.

He and young Matt Bartlett had the better of the opening exchanges on the good, if windswept, batting track.

Snelders prised out both openers aided by a catch behind by Euan Stenhouse.

By the 11th over the score was 46-2 and Don Catley replaced Bartlett to stem the runs.

He bowled through a full spell to record 5-21 as Sam McGuire was introduced, also to good effect.

McGuire claimed the valuable wicket of number three Wiseman for 23 with a catch behind by Steve Mordue, which had been skilfully parried by Stenhouse.

Sportingly, the batsman walked as the umpire tried to establish what had happened.

Mordue joined the attack and the runs became even more suppressed.

At the 20 overs mark the score was 69 and at 30 it was 93.

Mordue recorded 1-15 with the enthusiastic Gary Straughan taking a comfortable catch at mid-on.

Nick McIntyre then also bowled economically with an encouraging spell of 0-11 with only number six batsman Ward (39) making a significant contribution to the total.

Snelders returned to superb effect, bowling Ward and totting up 4-41 and also making a follow up run out to give Tynemouth their fourth bowling point.

Bartlett returned to complete with 0-49 as the Civils moved on to 168-8 after their allotted 50 overs.

This was thought to be well short of what the track had to offer, but Tynemouth were missing several regular batsmen and so it was expected to be an interesting second innings.

Chris Fairley and Stenhouse got the Tynemouth innings off to a good solid start with Stenhouse finding the boundary six times.

At 51-0 after 11 overs, Fairley was caught behind off Whaling for nine.

Stenhouse followed in the same manner for 34 and Mordue for eight after a promising beginning.

Tynemouth’s mid-order collapse had started. Lee Reed made nine and Gary Straughan four, both out to the economical Whaling with a tightening ring of fielders.

Father and son Mike and Nick McIntyre contributed nought and two respectively and McGuire one.

Tynemouth were 98-7 and still looking for their first batting point.

Catley joined number nine bat Snelders and the mood changed.

Catley hit five boundaries and Snelders four as the pair put on 44 runs well ahead of the asking rate before Catley played on to Andy Waite for 22 just when an improbable victory was becoming a possibility.

Bartlett (4) succumbed to Whaling, who recorded the proud figures of 5-14 and Snelders was left not out 27.

Tynemouth were dismissed for 146 to take six points from the game.