Tynemouth Cricket Club’s first team entertained Benwell Hill at Preston Avenue in the NEPL Premiership with Ben Debnam electing to bat first on the superbly prepared wicket.
He lost his opening partner Nick Armstrong for only six with the score on 19. Marcus Turner joined his captain and the pair took the score to 43 before Debnam (21) fell and Matt Brown also went three runs later for a duck.
Ruhan Pretorious and Turner moved the score on to 124 before Pretorious was caught and bowled for 54. Turner continued to grace the square and made 103 not out by the close with Tynemouth batting their full 65 overs to finish on 230-6, aided by 24 from Andrew Smith and Tony Turner not out 9.
The Hill’s reply saw David Hymers again in top form with dismissals of the top three batsmen to leave the game balanced at 62-3. Morse took 2-61 and Hymers 4-53 as Rutherford held firm with 59 not out batting at number 7 well supported by Phil Nicholson the number 9 with 28 not out. The Hill made it to 197-7 off the remaining 55 overs of the game and took the winning draw on run rate.
Tynemouth 9 points, Benwell Hill’s 13.
The Second Team visited Benwell Hill and lost their openers cheaply. Skipper Graeme Hallam (66) and Chris Beever at (51) gave Tynemouth a good chance with a total of 194 all out.
But the score proved short as the Hill overcame Tynemouth’s mid innings stranglehold on the run flow to accelerate and win through by seven wickets in a full 50 overs. For Tynemouth Owen Hollins took 2-24 and the promoted Richie Hay a creditable 1-17.
The Third Team travelled to divisional leaders Corbridge and skipper Ed Snelders bravely elected to bat first on a superb day.
Carl Salvidge and Jamie Coates made a good start but Tynemouth lost their first wicket with the score on 29 and then wickets fell regularly as they posted a poor total of 95 all out. Pete Harrison top scored with 25.
The Corbridge run machine did not disappoint their many supporters. Max Robertson and Alex Tait were the only bowlers to take wickets as Corbridge won by eight wickets.
Tynemouth Under 15s finally played their ECB cup game against Morpeth at Longhirst last Thursday.
Captain Ben McGee won the toss and decided to bat first, sending in Finn Lonnburg (24) and Matty Longstaff (21). Some very accurate bowling and some dubious shot selections had Tynemouth wobbling at 53-5 before a game changing partnership from Sean Longstaff and James Straughan took the score close to the 100 mark.
A cameo innings from James Yeomans (13) took the Tynemouth innings to 136-8 at close with Longstaff unbeaten on 35.
The Morpeth reply began with some intent but they were quickly behind the clock. Wickets fell at a regular interval as Morpeth ended on 87-9 after their 20 overs.