Tynemouth hosted high flying South Northumberland on Saturday and suffered a 61-run defeat.
The home side lost the toss and were asked to field first.
The visitors posted 189-9 declared after 60.3 overs with their ace in the pack scoring 71. Marcus North batted at number four and impressed the significant crowd before being caught by David Hymers off the change bowling of Ryan Macciocchi.
Hymers snapped up three catches of the six chances taken.
His opening pace bowling partner Phil Morse had the more success with 3-39 off his 12 overs; Hymers claiming 1-45 off 18.
Skipper for the day, Andrew Smith, decided to take the pace off the ball and Tahir Khan rewarded him by taking 4-48 off 17.3 overs.
From 28-3 South North progressed on to 124 before the fall of North after the stand with John Graham, who fell to Khan four short of a half century.
Steady progress then secured only a reasonably attainable target score.
Extras were minimal with only one leg bye and two no balls conceded.
In reply, Tynemouth lost the early wicket of Graeme Hallam for six with only nine on the board.
Nick Armstrong saw three other cheap wickets fall at the other end as Jonathan Wightman took his toll of the top order.
Morse, Matthew Brown and Smith all fell cheaply and Tynemouth were struggling at 51-4.
Khan joined Armstrong and took the score to 93 before Armstrong was lbw to Rutherford for 42.
Khan went on to make 33 before he was caught by North off Rutherford.
Apart from a defiant 12 not out from Niall Piper, it was all over for Tynemouth, who fell short by 61 runs at 128 all out in a disappointing batting display that lasted 52.4 overs.
Wightman claimed 4-45 off 14.4 overs and Rutherford 5-33 off 20.
Meanwhile Tynemouth’s third team played at home to Blagdon in a Northumberland League Division 1 basement struggle.
Skipper for the day Neil Bennett won the toss and elected to field first.
The opening attack of Ed Snelders and Dan Storey restricted runs off the bat with Storey taking two early wickets.
Connor Lonnberg in his come-back game bowled a useful spell of six overs, taking 1-20 to see the score to 43-3 in the 17th over with a smart catch at the wicket by Tom Stoetzel.
However, a steady partnership then developed between young Ben Gibson and Blagdon’s main man Luke van Zwanenberg.
Bennett had a good choice of bowlers to shuffle but it was proving difficult to break the partnership.
Eventually in the 33rd over, with the score on 110, Henry Malton made the breakthrough by having opener Gibson caught by Bennett for 26 painstaking runs.
The pair then dismissed the next man in the same way and it was 110-5.
At 133 in the 38th over, Tynemouth finally got their man and van Zwanenberg was out to a third Bennett catch off Malton for 66.
The rest of the innings was a tame affair with Tynemouth seeking all ten wickets, but Blagdon hung on at 172-9 to bat out the full 50 overs.
Malton claimed an impressive 5-31 off nine overs, Snelders 0-23, Bennett 0-19, Harvey Malton 0-15, Storey 2-21, and Don Catley 1-39.
Tynemouth’s miserable batting performances this season continued with another cheap dismissal.
Only 69 runs were scored and this was thanks to another late flurry by Bennett (18) and Henry Malton (16 not out), both scoring two boundaries.
The opening bowlers, Manny Ragbir with 2-13 and Chris Hall 3-14, tore in to the top order with their combination of spin and accurate pace.
Jamie Case finished the job in the 25th over with two late wickets for 13.
There was no requirement for a mid-inning’s drinks break and this increased the points gap with Tynemouth firmly at the bottom of the division.
On Sunday there is an important event at the Preston Avenue ground with Tynemouth hosting the Premier League T20 finals for the second teams.
At 11am Tynemouth take on South Northumberland and then at 1.45pm Gateshead Fell play Chester-le-Street.
The final is scheduled for 5pm. Spectators are encouraged to attend and enjoy the hospitality.
Upcoming Fixtures - Thursday, August 6: Midweek v City Sharks, home, 6pm, NEMWCL Division 4.
Friday, August 7: U15 v Washington, home, 10.30am, NEPL U15 Cup.
Saturday, August 8: 1sts v Newcastle, away, 11.30am, NEPL Premier Division; 2nds v Newcastle, home, 1pm, NEPL Division 2; 3rds v Warkworth, away 1pm, NCL Division 1.
Sunday, August 9: 2nds T20 Finals day at Tynemouth. Tynemouth v South North, 11am; Gateshead Fell v Chester-le-Street 1.45pm; Final 5pm.
Monday, August 10: County U11 Trials at Tynemouth CC.