Tynemouth once again see game washed out

TYNEMOUTH Cricket Club’s first team had their game at Benwell Hill washed out on Saturday after a promising start to the day.

The Hill batted first and lost two early wickets with David Hymers claiming Maiden while keeper Greg Hollins snapped up Young off Andrew Smith.

Opener Dole went on to make 80 not out with his third partner Khan eventually trapped lbw to Barry Stewart for 94.

At 218-3 rain intervened and the Hill’s recovery was academic

Tynemouth took six points from the game and remain entrenched in ninth position.

The second team reached the final of the James Bell Cup with a convincing win over Durham Senior League outfit Whitburn.

In a game reduced to 12 overs a side due to the fading light on Thursday, Tynemouth batted first and made 105-5 with contributions from Ben Richardson (25), Anthony Turner (24) and Tony Lion (20).

In reply, Whitburn were strangled by Russell Perry’s three overs for eight runs. A couple of run outs saw them fall further behind and they could only muster 88-6.

Tynemouth now meet Eppleton in the final on a date and venue to be arranged.

In the Premier League on Saturday Benwell Hill seconds travelled to Preston Avenue.

Finn Lonnberg bowled Mussett for a duck in his first over and then took a caught and bowled to get rid of Turnbull, also for a duck.

He then bowled Joe Moore in his fifth to have Hill 25-3.

James Carr took over and removed Haxon with his second ball for a duck. Opener Matthew Hynd became Carr’s second wicket bowled for 14 to reduce the visitors to 44-5.

Dawson and Wright then added 136 for the sixth wicket before Sean Longstaff bowled Wright for an excellent 76.

Carr returned to the attack to remove Dawson, caught by Turner at extra cover for 51.

Shinwari was then run out following a mix up before the players were driven from the field at 193-8 by heavy rain. Lonnberg took 3-46, James Carr 3-42, Sean Longstaff 1-22s.

The rain never relented and the match was abandoned as a draw.

Tynemouth took nine points and are third in the table.

The thirds almost made certain of a promotion with a home win over New Hartley.

The opening attack of Ed Snelders and Dan Storey kept the visitors quiet but the first wicket did not come until the score was 33 when Snelders bowled Andy Bryant for 16.

Snelders took a second wicket thanks to a regulation catch by Lee Reed and Hay joined the attack.

He took two wickets, aided by a smart catch by Storey and then Hartley dug in.

The fifth wicket partnership was eventually broken with the introduction of Owen Hollins. He bowled Hudspith for 26 and then devastated the Hartley tail with three wickets for four runs. Hartley were all out for 122 in the 39th over.

The Tynemouth reply saw Chris Fairley and Andrew Davison take up the challenge but Fairley was bowled by Bryant for only three.

Euan Stenhouse came to the crease and was bowled for 29.

This set the scene for the new batsmen as first Geoff Simpson swished and missed for one and then Lee Reed similarly went for only a quick four. Davison also caught the bug and Tynemouth were a worrying 71-5.

However, Stephen Harrison (33) and Owen Hollins (21) batted sensibly to ensure the five-wicket victory and maximum points.

Tynemouth now look forward to a visit by the Old Record Players on Sunday to at least secure a few precious bonus points before the final game at home to rival title contenders Hebburn on September 17.

This Saturday Tynemouth firsts are at home to Gateshead Fell, 11am start, while the seconds visit Gateshead Fell for a 12.30pm start.