A poor all round performance saw Tynemouth beaten by nine wickets against an improving Durham Academy side on Saturday.
Academy skipper Ross Greenwell won the toss and elected to bowl first on a glorious day for cricket.
The National heatwave having extended to the north east of the country. Oliver Gibson and Luke Doneathy opened up for Durham and had last week’s centurians, Ben Debnam and Nick Armstrong, on the back foot from ball one with some accurate and skilful medium paced bowling. Armstrong went to Duneathy for just 2 and then Debnam went to change bowler Jamie Dass for 14. When Mr Reliable, Mike Jones was bowled by Faizan Hussein with the score at just 28 the Home supporters began to be concerned.
The middle order tried to steady the ship but this was a poor effort from the home team and when last man Martin Pollard was adjudged lbw the score had only crept up to 131.
Wesley Bedja and Finn Lonnberg took the new ball but could not force an early wicket so Debnam turned to Scottish international Mark Watt who began well by getting Ben Seabrook caught by Bedja in his first over. However, the Academy boys were in positive mode and Captain Ross Greenwell played a fine innings to end on 70 not out. Greenwell has batted long at Tynemouth before but this was a more mature knock full of powerful drives added to his usual solid defence. A fine innings and a player to look out for. Soloman Bell was a nice foil for his skipper ending the game on 31 not out and with Greenwell the pair passed the home sides total with ease and after just 26 overs.
The 3rd team played Corbridge twice. At home on Saturday, they narrowly lost when dismissed for 124 with 34 by skipper Chris Grieveson and 20 from Hamish Swaddle-Scott after the visitors posted 145-8.
In the searing heat at Corbridge on Sunday Grieveson sent the hosts in to the field and made 69 himself with fellow opener Dave Hull-Denholm still there on 101 not out. Finn Hodgson also impressed with 44. The Corbridge reply was very laboured There were wickets for Chad Koen with 4-19 and Don Catley 3-10 and a wicket for Aidan Wilson as Corbridge ended on 91-9.