It was a good weekend for Tynemouth Cricket Club who fielded seven teams ... and all emerged as winners.
This represents a superb effort from the players, coaches, volunteers and staff who have helped to make this happen.
In the league Tynemouth 1sts 265-0 beat Eppleton 164 all out by 101 runs.
A superb undefeated opening partnership of 265 between Ben Debnam and Nick Armstrong and 6 wickets for South African Wesley Bedja were the highlights of a convincing 101 run win against Eppleton on Saturday at Preston Avenue.
Captain Debnam won the toss and chose to bat first. Armstrong started well with great timing especially through the covers. Initially Debnam was more circumspect but soon got into scoring mode and together the two openers moved the score forward at a pace.
Last week the pair put on a century opening stand at Stockton and this week repeated it after just 23 overs. The Eppleton bowlers grafted hard but had no answer to the timing of Armstrong or the power of Debnam.
Once the score went past 200 both batsmen accelerated allowing Debnam to declare with the score on 265 after just 50 overs allowing his side 60 overs to bowl out the visitors and gain maximum points.
Debnam finished on 132 and Armstrong 119. This was a season’s best for both and the biggest opening partnership for the 1st team since Wayne Falla and Jimmy Miller made an undefeated 316 against Gateshead Fell in 2001.
Wesley Bedja and Andrew Smith opened the bowling for Tynemouth. Bedja again impressed and his first spell accounted for Luke Henderson, Joe Coyne and Braydon Davis whilst Smith got the prized wicket of Nottinghamshire and ex Durham player Paul Coughlin for just 13. Despite a fine and patient 54 from Markus Brown Eppleton could not recover and 3 wickets from David Hymers and a very tidy spell from Professional Mark Watt took care of the middle order. Bedja was then brought back and cleaned out the tail ending with 6-37.
This was an impressive performance from a side growing in confidence and moving up to third in the North East Premier League.
Another home game against Durham Cricket Academy is next for the Seasiders.
The Second Team travelled to Blaydon who decided to bat first. Tynemouth dismissed them for 163 in the 44th over. Owen Gourley claimed 3-18 and Graeme Hallam 4-32. In reply, openers Chris Fairley 16 and Niall Piper 28 gave the Tynemouth innings a good start. Victory by 7 wickets was secured in only the 26th over with Hallam hitting an impressive 79 not out and Andrew Lineham 34 not out.
Chris Grieveson lost the toss for the Third Team and guests Civil Service elected to bat first. The tight fielding and accurate bowling from Richie Hay and James Carr squeezed the run rate and Civils had only 29 on the board after 15 overs for the loss of 3 wickets. For Civils, only P Dubey with 33 made significant runs and Civils were dismissed for 109 in the 37th over with Hay 3-16 off 8 overs cleaning up the tail. This was after a magnificent bowling performance by Hamish Swaddle-Scott who destroyed the Civils mid-order with 5-17 off 6 overs, including having Prateek Dubey as one of David Hayward’s keeper catches. Carr claimed 2-26 off 9 overs, David Mahon recorded 0-13 off 5 overs and Don Catley 0-25 off 9 overs.
Tynemouth lost Grieveson for 16 but opener Tom Hamilton went on to make 55 not out and number three bat Aiden Wilson 30 not out as this maturing pair comfortably and coolly finished the job in the 29th over to consolidate second place in the table.