Monkseaton win at Embleton

Cricket report
Cricket report

Monkseaton CC 1st XI enjoyed maximum returns from the weekend without being seriously troubled.

On Saturday, they made the trip up the Northumberland coast to face Embleton and came away with an emphatic nine-wicket victory, registering 30 points in the process.

Skipper Mark Tunstall won the toss and put the hosts into bat, a decision that was quickly rewarded by opening bowlers Adam Doyle (2-7) and David Gowar (3-22) whose superb opening spells ran through Embleton’s top order batsmen.

Wily all-rounder Ian McDine was then introduced into the attack and wasted no time in getting amongst the wickets, finishing with 4-14. Vice-captain Ben Windass (1-6) also chipped in with a wicket as Embleton could only manage 52 all out from 18.1 overs.

That tally was never going to cause Monkseaton problems and with opener Windass (25 not out) undefeated at the crease to continue his fine season with the bat, the visitors overhauled the score for the loss of just one wicket.

The two sides were meant to play again at Churchill Playing Fields on Sunday but with Embleton conceding the fixture, it meant another 30 points for Monkseaton to make it a maximum 60-point weekend.

That consolidates second spot in the NTCL Division 6 (North) table behind Kirkley. Monkseaton are next in action this Saturday when they host Ulgham at Churchill (1pm start).

* Monkseaton 2nd XI were without a game last weekend but return to NTCL Division Six (South) action on Saturday when they travel to Cochrane Park to face Newcastle (1pm start).