Pretorious causes more problems with the ball as Tynemouth win

Tynemouth Cricket Club’s First Team travelled to Hetton Lyons and returned with the points.

Lyons batted first and were dismissed for only 140 thanks to impressive bowling from Ruhan Pretorious (6-52) and David Hymers (4-40).

No Lyons batsman really got going although Jonathan Malkin made 35 before Pretorious pulled off a good caught and bowled to dismiss him. Wickets fell steadily after Malkin and Lal Kumar had put on 65 for the fourth wicket.

Tynemouth had been in this position recently and collapsed but this time they only lost two wickets in achieving their target.

A good start by skipper Ben Debnam (22) and Graeme Hallam put on 52 for the first wicket before Debnam was caught off Malkin. Tony Turner did not trouble the scorers but Andrew Smith joined Hallam and the pair saw it through in 51.3 overs with Hallam top scoring with 80, including 10 fours and a six, and Smith (31).

Tynemouth moved up to eighth in the Premier table.

On Sunday the Firsts made it a double success by beating Chester-le-Street in the quarter finals of the Banks Salver.

Nick Armstrong made 52 and that man Hallam 44 in a total of 179-9 off the 45 overs.

Chester were then dismissed for only 135 in 40.2 overs by Tynemouth’s spin merchants. Young Oliver McGee took 4-29 with two wickets apiece for Phil Morse and the quicker Ryan Macciocchi.

The Second Team hosted Hetton Lyons in NEPL Division 2A on Saturday and secured a higher scoring draw.

Tynemouth batted first and scored 238-9 declared. Matt Brown top scored with 86. Ben McGee opened with 16, Morse made 28, skipper Chris Beever 39 and Euan Stenhouse 21.

The Lyons put on 36 for the first wicket and the score moved on to 153-3. Tynemouth pushed on well from this point and pressure brought wickets with Macciocchi claiming 5-46.

Two wickets from Beever and Morse saw Tynemouth need just one more wicket by the Lyons’ tail stood firm, finishing on 231-9. Tynemouth 16 points, Hetton Lyons 12 points.