Percy Main suffer defeat to Tynedale in high scoring thriller

Percy Main travelled to Hexham on Saturday to take on last season’s champions, Tynedale and it was the hosts who claimed victory in a gripping encounter.

Skipper Mark Armstrong, returning to his former club, won the toss and elected to field first and try to exploit any moisture in the pitch.

This looked like an inspired decision as Andrew Green removed both openers, John Meadows and Connor Fellowes, to leave Tynedale 17-2.

However, opposing skipper Thomas Cant and James Rainford dug in to see off the new ball before settling into nice rhythm and advanced the score to 105-3 before Philip Cramman removed James Rainford for 44.

Cant completed his 50 but was dismissed soon after for 51 by Green again.

From a solid position the hosts were reduced to 148-6 after Mark Armstrong struck twice.

However, some later order big hitting really hurt Main as Tynedale were able to make 249 all out.

Green picked up a further two wickets to claim superb figures of 5-47. Armstrong took 2-53, Barry Stewart 1-50, Cramman 1-50 and Dave Anderson 1-29.

In reply, Main lost Phil Warwick for two, which brought Mitch Reid to the crease and from the outset he looked in supreme form.

However, he struggled for partners as Anderson, Stewart and Cramman were all dismissed cheaply.

At 81-4, James Stanistreet came to the wicket and him and Reid advanced the innings superbly to 160-5 before Stanistreet was unfortunately run out for 28.

Reid looked on course for his maiden hundred but when was dismissed for a fantastic 85, the innings ran out of steam and eventually Main fell short on 206.

This saw ten points claimed, which maintained Percy Main’s sixth position.

In the second team fixture at St John’s Terrace, Percy Main claimed an easy victory against struggling Alnwick.

Despite advancing to 32-0, Blyth Duncan then produced a superb spell of bowling to rip through the Alnwick defences and claim 6-32 and help bowl Alnwick out for 42.

Steve Patterson then mopped up the tail with a treble wicket maiden over to claim 3-0. Steve Peart took the other wicket to fall.

The highlight of the innings was a stunning one handed catch at extra cover by Andy Beer.

In reply Main knocked off the required runs for the loss of three wickets in 11 overs.

Next week both sides take on Consett.