MONKSEATON’S batting let the side down on Saturday as they allowed league leaders Clara Vale to pinch the win.
Skipper Owen Rankin won the toss and inserted the home side on a wet wicket.
The attack gave a good account as Monkseaton bowled out top of the table Clara Vale for 87.
Opening bowlers Ian Mcdine and Gavin Rankin failed to take any wickets so it was left to the first, second and third changes to do the damage.
Matty Kleynhans took 3-22, with an excellent 4-29 from Chris Coulson, and the skipper himself chipped in with a creditable 3-2.
Unfortunately the batsmen failed to take advantage and apart from a belligerent 23 from Coulson, no one else reached double figures and they were all out for 60.
The first team have a free week this weekend and it is hoped the batsmen will put in some hard work in the nets.
The second team entertained New Hartley seconds at Churchill.
Monkseaton welcomed back skipper Eric Thompson after two weeks out with an injured hand, but he lost the toss and New Hartley chose to bat.
The bowlers again shone with John Hewett taking three wickets, John Bishop three, Garry Errington two, Andy Simms one and young Matty Simms one, courtesy of a fine low catch by his father.
Two other great catches, one a spiralling take by Rob Clark and another da iving effort by Nigel Green, saw New Hartley all out for 82.
Bob Zanetti and Rob Clark did not trouble the scorers much as the innings was held together by a superb 48 not out from Mark Tunstall, winning the game and securing maximum points to keep the seconds top of the division.
This weekend the seconds play the thirds.