Tynemouth go to the wire for victory

Tynemouth’s First and Second teams both recorded excellent Premier League wins over Sunderland to end the season on a high.

The Firsts hosted Sunderland and the game went to the wire with the last Sunderland wicket falling before darkness was declared absolute.

Skipper Ben Debnam won the toss and batted first, hitting a superb 110, supported by Matt Brown (21), Ruhan Pretorious (63) and Richard Straughan (30).

Tynemouth declared on 268-7 off 57 overs – their best total for some time.

David Hymers took two early wickets to see Sunderland 3-2 but Arsalan Rahim (50) and Usman Arshad 29 took the score to 94 before keeper Matt Brown snapped up two catches to dismiss them both.

Hymers continued to work his way through the order and claimed 6-83 off his 20 overs.

Matthew Dench resisted well and was still there at the end but lost his final partner after they put 27 on the board in a last wicket stand.

Sunderland were dismissed for 239. Pretorious completed a good season for Tynemouth with 3-83. The 30 points placed Tynemouth a healthy eighth in the league.

The Second Team claimed a maximum 30 points to guarantee third place in the NEPL Division 2 in their final game, away at Sunderland.

Asked to bat first, Tynemouth raced to 296-5 declared off only 44 overs.

Opener Tony Turner hit 130 and was supported by Geoffrey Simpson (33), Matty Longstaff (32) and Tony Lion (51no) as Tynemouth were able to declare early and leave themselves 61 overs to bowl out the hosts.

In fact only 31.5 overs were required to skittle the hosts for 114, with Josh Koen taking 5-33, Chris Miller 2-22 while there was one wicket a piece for Andrew Smith, Sam Robson and Nick McIntyre.

Tynemouth’s Third Team played their final game at Stobswood requiring a good win that, unknowingly (with Bomarsund convincingly defeating Hebburn), would have saved them from a relegation position in the table.

Tynemouth were asked to bat but were dismissed for only 91.

Stobswood came out to reply positively with opener P Patterson 25 not out still there at the end. Stobswood won by five wickets to secure the maximum 30 points that eluded Tynemouth who took only two from the game.