Tynemouth Cricket Club chairman looks forward to 2014 season

Tynemouth Cricket Club chairman Russell Perry has reflected on a superb summer of cricket for the club.

The First Team played some excellent cricket and showed what potential there is within such a young side.

Perry said: “It is most encouraging to see that our teams are made up largely of players who have come through the ranks at the club and are now demonstrating the value of good coaching and the benefit of top class facilities that are offered here at Tynemouth.”

The First Team enjoyed having Ruhan Pretorious from the South African Academy as their overseas professional and he intends to return for the 2014 season.

He scored 456 runs (at an average of 26.8) and took 41 wickets (at an average of 19) to help Tynemouth finish an improved eighth in the Premier table and reach two cup finals.

As an opening strike partner, David Hymers had a superb season taking 49 wickets at a miserly average of 13.9, rewarded with a call up to the Northumberland XI.

Skipper Ben Debnam made 393 runs opening the batting and marshalled his men to good effect. Graeme Hallam top averaged with 39.6, making 198 runs in only eight innings.

The Second Team finished fifth in their division, despite fielding a young side for much of the season, and they won the James Bell Cup.

Graeme Hallam contributed significantly with the bat (294 runs at 36.8) and the main wicket taker was the ever enthusiastic skipper Chris Beever with 46 victims and also making 366 runs at an average of 28.2.

The Saturday Third Team, playing in the Northumberland League, suffered from late call ups to the Premier League teams but skipper Richie Hay managed his squad well and seven games were won.

Chad Koen was the top batsman with 354 runs at an average of 88.5; Hay the wicket taker in chief.