Tynemouth miss out on T20 joy

Having won through to the NEPL T20 finals at Tynemouth on Sunday, the Tynemouth team lost to South Northumberland in the first semi final.

South North had Australian test player Marcus North registered in time to play and he hit 40 of the 121-4 which Tynemouth had to chase.

The wicket takers were Phil Morse (1-19), David Hymers (1-24), Andrew Smith (1-21) and Finn Lonnberg (1-17).

The hosts made 107-9 but a spell of 4-12 by Lee Crozier proved too much and Tynemouth fell short.

Opener and skipper Ben Debnam made 19, Marcus Turner 16 and a typical quickfire 25 not out from Morse at the end was in vain.

In the other semi-final, Durham Academy ousted Benwell Hill when they topped the Hill’s 141-5 with 145-4.

In the final Durham CA batted first and posted 171-6 thanks to 76 from James Thompson and 40 from Adam Hickey. South North fell short with 130-5.

Organisers thanked sponsors Co-operative Funeralcare, Dukes Cricket and the Banks Group.

The previous day, Tynemouth’s First Team travelled to Gateshead Fell and were asked to bat first in a reduced 70 overs game. They amassed 161-5 declared off 32.2 overs. Andrew Smith top scored with 52 and had good support from skipper Debnam (21), Nick Armstrong (34) and Marcus Turner (31 not out).

The Fell saw the early loss of Malik Javed caught by keeper Matt Brown off Ruhan Pretorious for 1 but then the next four Fell batsmen each made significant runs to take the Fell to 113-4.

Wickets then fell quickly to David Hymers after this and from 129-7 Fell crawled to 155-8.

Phil Morse took out the ninth wicket but Fell made it home by one wicket in the 37th over. Hymers recorded 4-48 and Morse 4-35 in a disappointing defeat.

The Second Team fixture at home to Sacriston was washed out with the visitors, who had elected to bat, recording 102-2.

The NCL Third Team hosted Whitley Bay at Percy Main on Sunday. Tynemouth were asked to bat and started badly.

After reaching 35-1 at ten overs, wickets fell regularly and they were all out for 76.

Dan Storey and Sam Maguire removed Bay’s dangermen to leave them 0-2. Three slip catches by Chad Koen helped Storey take 5-19 as Tynemouth closed in on an unlikely victory as Bay struggled to 49-6.

Steve Kirk (7) and J Young (17) took Bay closer to victory but three wickets from seven balls by Ryan Bailey saw Tynemouth win by four runs as they climbed to fourth in the league.

The NEPL Third Team travelled to Stockton and made 117-8. Stockton won comfortably by seven wickets.