Recovery not enough for Tynemouth

Tynemouth’s First Team elected to bat first at South Northumberland and were soon ruing their decision.

They lost the cream of their batting – Nick Armstrong, Andrew Smith, Ben Debnam, Matthew Brown and Andrew Ireland – in a disastrous start to see them 23-5.

However, Tynemouth then recovered well thanks to a century stand between Ruhan Pretorious who scored a controlled 49 and young Ben McGee with 46.

The total of 161 all out in 56.3 overs was far from a convincing score.

Solid batting throughout secured victory for South Northumberland by four wickets, despite four wickets for Pretorious who recorded 4-48. Ryan Macciocchi took 1-56.

Tynemouth really need two victories from their remaining four games and try again at home to Blaydon on Saturday.

The Second Team at least brought some cheer to their home supporters sheltering from the strong cross wind when they hosted South Northumberland.

Skipper Andrew Lion elected to bat and opened with the stalwarts Tony Lion and Graeme Hallam.

Lion roared with a splendid 67. Together with the fast maturing Matty Longstaff who scored a magnificent 93, the pair took the score on to 117-2. Contributions of 19 from Ben Richardson and 17 from Finn Lonnberg saw Tynemouth post a creditable 224-6 declared in 51 overs.

South North’s second string were then comprehensively ousted thanks to a superb spell of 5-45 in 13 overs from Lonnberg.

Tynemouth’s bowlers dismissed their visitors for only 122 in the 50th over. Russell Perry returned 1-15 and Hallam took 3-15 to wrap up the innings.