Tynemouth almost snatch victory with late wickets

Tynemouth’s First Team made a prompt start at Hetton Lyons ahead of the impending rain and completed the game in time while other Premier League games were not so fortunate.

Tynemouth were asked to bat first and made 170-9 off 35 overs with opener Nick Armstrong hitting five boundaries in his 27.

Tahir Khan batted at number 5 and impressed with 55, mainly supported by Marcus Turner’s 42 off only 27 balls and outshooting Khan by 4 sixes to 2 in the quest for quick runs. Lyon’s Lal Kumar took 3-48.

The Hetton reply saw the top three batsmen all scoring 30s and 40s to reach 129 when the fourth wicket went down. Despite a mini collapse to 150-8 this was enough to secure a winning draw off the revised 29 overs allocation.

Andrew Smith took 3-30 and Khan 2-35 with two late run outs in the excitement with four wickets going down for the final five runs.

The Second Team were keen to report a win after a heavy defeat last week. They won comprehensively in a rain affected match against Hetton Lyons.

The start was delayed by three hours but play was eventually possible with reduced overs. Tynemouth won the toss and inserted Hetton, initially with the thought process being to restrict the batting side to a total that could be chased.

Tynemouth took regular wickets and the Lyons never really quite got going. They totalled 114-9 off their 29 overs. Every bowler bowled well, in particular Ryan Macciocchi with 4-28 and veteran Tony Lion 2-19.

This gave Tynemouth 25 overs to chase down the total.

Matthew Longstaff was run out for 2 while Graeme Hallam completed a match wining innings of 68 not out, ably supported by a quite beautiful Goweresque innings from Andrew Lineham who scored 22.

Tynemouth won the match with over 4 overs to spare and only 4 wickets down.

• Tynemouth are benefitting from the support of new Level 3 coach, Steve Williams who has received a warm welcome at the club.

Steve is now responsible for organising Senior Training every Tuesday evening from 5.30pm. He is also be working to support the development of the Junior players.

Steve said: “Spotting a youngster with potential and then working with them to see them become the best they can be; that’s what really gives me a buzz these days.”

In his younger days Steve was a fine middle order batsman for Ashington, captaining them through a period when they were one of the top sides in the north east.

Whilst he still plays occasionally, he now concentrates more on coaching and should prove to be a big asset for the club.