TYNEMOUTH’S first and second team fixtures on Saturday against South Shields were both washed out as the rains returned.
However, brighter weather on Sunday saw the thirds entertain Bomarsund at Preston Avenue on a remarkably dry pitch.
The visitors won the toss and confidently elected to bat first.
Dan Storey continued his much improved form this season with the early lbw of the adventurous Jack Concannon.
Together with Ed Snelders the pair then plugged away without further success as the score crawled along with veteran Colin Thornton and Adam McTaggert happy to build a score slowly.
The pairing progressed to only 111-1 in the 40th over following the introduction of Don Catley, who bowled a mean 13-over spell for only 21 runs.
Skipper Richie Hay took over from Storey and conceded 33 off six and then it was the turn of spinner Andrew Davison 27 off six as Bomarsund finally cut loose.
Snelders returned to the action and had Thornton finally out for 66, caught off a fine edge to keeper Simon Ward.
However this brought Stephen Thain to the wicket and he cut loose with some big shots, especially off Snelders, in a rapid 34 not out which altered the balance of play.
Snelders then bowled McTaggert for 60 to finish with 2-68.
Storey bowled his last three overs to record 1-32 and see the innings close on a much improved 189-3 off 50 overs.
In reply, Tynemouth lost the early wicket of Nick Brown (2) off a thick top edge to gully.
Vince Howe was showing patience and scoring a few runs each over with well selected shots, but he also lost Andrew Davison (0) before Jack Byerley managed to stay a little longer for eight.
Chris Fairley then returned to form for this team with a slow start but he helped to move the score on to 46 off 20 overs as the rate picked up.
Howe was dismissed for a creditable 31 and then Neil Sturrock hit 15 in good time before Hay joined Fairley.
This pair swung the game back in Tynemouth’s favour with some aggressive play with the required rate being clawed back to an obtainable target.
The score moved on well from 84-5 to 156 in the 41st over when there was a break in play for light drizzle and the covers were very temporarily put in place.
After 15 minutes the sky lightened and so did the previously unseen smiles on the Bomarsund faces as they had braved the sudden drop in temperature.
Opening bowler Chris Mollan returned to immediately trap Fairley for 50 without adding to his score and in the next over Hay was caught for 42.
The tail was thus called into unexpected action.
Simon Ward was left high and dry on two not out as Mollan took three wickets in the next over with two lbw and a bowled.
He finished the job for Bomarsund with 6-40 off his 13 overs and had Tynemouth all out for 163.
This was only 26 runs short but the last five wickets after the drizzle had gone fell for just nine runs. What a difference the rain break made.
Thursday, August 30, C Divvision, Hexham Leazes, away, Ian Appleby Cup.
Friday, August 31, U-11 Inter Club North Tyneside Tournament @ TCC.
Saturday, September 1, 1sts, Chester-le-Street, home, 11am, NEPL Division One; 2nds, Chester-le-Street, away, 12.30am, NEPL Division Two.
Sunday, September 2, 1sts, Banks Salver Final, South Northumberland, at Tynemouth, noon; Northumberland 3rds, Hebburn, home (ground to be arranged) 1pm, NCL A1.