Tynemouth Cricket Club’ hosted Blaydon at Preston Avenue and continued to pick up Premier League points.
Although they were on the wrong end of a losing draw, Tynemouth still picked up 11 points to continue their recently improving position in the table.
Blaydon elected to bat and made 233-8 in 60 overs before declaring.
At 131-6, Tynemouth were well on top with the effective bowling of Phil Morse, Ruhan Pretorious and David Hymers.
However, a stand of 67 for the seventh wicket between Varley (45) and Mark Drake (73 not out) took the Blaydon score to a more comfortable territory for them.
Hymers and Morse each took two wickets with Pretorious, Ryan Macciocchi, skipper for the day Andrew Smith and Nick Armstrong each taking one.
The Tynemouth reply suffered the early loss of Marcus Turner for only four but Armstrong and Smith took the score to exactly 100 before Smith was caught for 32.
Pretorious hit 43 in support of Armstrong’s 71 as Tynemouth made 210-7 off their 60 overs.
Youngsters Macciocchi (13 not out) and Ben Newman (6 not out) intelligently held on for the draw.
The second team visited Blaydon and lost when scores at 50 overs were compared.
All Tynemouth’s batsmen contributed to a score of 216-5 declared at 52 overs. Openers Ben McGee (44) and James Stanistreet (34) put on 75 for the first wicket.
Andrew Davison hit 19, Graeme Hallam 14, Chris Fairley 24 but then Chris Beever scored a quick 56 not out.
Blaydon, however, knocked off the required runs in 44.3 overs for the loss of six wickets. A second wicket stand of 95 by Jordon Baines (86) and David Bailey (39) prevented the photo finish.