Monkseaton edge Old Record Players

On Saturday Monkseaton entertained bottom of the league Old Record Players (ORP) hoping for an easy win, but at the end of the day were lucky to scrape home by two wickets.

Skipper Cameron Butler lost the toss and was asked to field.

It started well with opening bowler John Hewett picking up two early wickets before bagging a third thanks to a stunning catch by Mark Tunstall, taking the ball at full stretch with his fingertips above his head.

Chris Coulson claimed one wicket and Owen Rankin two, but the pick of the bowlers was Matty Kleynhans, who took 4-18.

ORP finished on 109 all out, mainly thanks to R Rian who scored 74.

Monkseaton thought they were going to make light work of the target, but ORP put up dogged resistance, taking wickets steadily.

The home side managed to overhaul the target with two wickets in hand Bob Zanetti with 23 their top scorer.

With the third placed team in the division losing, Monkseaton are now 37 points clear in second.

The second team travelled to play Clara Vale seconds where skipper Eric Thompson won the toss and inserted the opposition.

Opening bowler Gary Errington took some stick in his first three overs, going for 20 runs, whereupon he was taken off.

But what a contrast when he was brought back on. In 2.2 overs he recorded figures of 5-4.

John Bishop, Tony Errington and Mark Graham bagged one each and with two run outs, Clara finished 172 all out.

The Monkseaton reply was a triumph for Richard Parkinson who smashed a tremendous 88 not out, hitting the ball to all parts of the ground.

He was ably assisted by John Bishop (22 no), John Durkin (23) and Andy Simms (18).

Monkseaton overhauled Clara’s total for the loss of four wickets.