Team performance earns Monkseaton the win

On Saturday Monkseaton first team played Hebburn at Churchill playing fields with skipper Cameron Butler winning the toss and choosing to bat.

There was an early run out but Mark Tunstall (38) and Ben Windass (19) steadied the ship.

Owen Rankin was also run out for 21 but an excellent stand of 90 between the skipper (31 not out) and Matty Kleynhans (60 not out) saw Monkseaton achieve a creditable total of 200-4.

The Monkseaton bowlers went to work and John Hewett bowled an amazing spell, although only took one wicket in 11 overs for 18 runs.

The wickets were shared around Jordan Murphy (2), Ian Mcdine (2), Owen Rankin (2) and Matty Kleynhans.

Monkseaton restricted Hebburn to 147-9 thus netting Monkseaton 29 points and they now sit comfortably in second place.

The second team travelled to play Bedlington seconds, where skipper Eric Thompson lost the toss and Bedlington elected to bat on a beautiful wicket.

Their opening pair of Anderson and Leason soon started playing some fine shots, but young Andy Lindsay bagged both with a fine spell of bowling.

The game ebbed and flowed with runs and wickets coming regularly, Bedlington, who are top of the league, finally reached 189-9, Andy Simms taking three wickets, John Bishop two and brothers Gary and Tony Errington one each in what was a good performance from the bowlers.

Unfortunately the batsmen were afflicted with the same disease as last week and were all out for 82, the only worthwhile contribution being a tenacious 31 from Chris Telfer returning after a three-week absence.

The highlight of the day was a hat-trick from young Bedlington bowler Hutchinson.

This leaves the seconds mid-table but the batting must improve drastically if they are to challenge the leaders.