Tynemouth overhauled by ‘old boys’ at Newcastle

Tynemouth skipper Ben Debnam.
Tynemouth skipper Ben Debnam.

Tynemouth made the short trip to Jesmond to play Newcastle on Saturday but came away a beaten side.

The visitors won the toss and elected to bat on a good day for cricket.

Skipper Ben Debnam opened and scored 40 in an opening stand of 59 with Niall Piper.

Piper then took the score on nicely to 108 in a useful stand with Phil Morse before falling caught and bowled to the temptations of Tynemouth ‘old boy’ Ollie McGee for 45.

Morse was next out to Newcastle skipper Jacques Du Toit with a catch by Neil Corby for 24.

Richie Straughan was welcomed back to the side and he made 34, before departing lbw Du Toit.

Tahir Khan was then tragically run out for only four to put a damper on the Tynemouth push for runs.

Only Tony Turner with 26, including five boundaries, made any further significant contribution as Tynemouth were dismissed for 213 in the 61st over. Du Toit took 3-56.

Newcastle’s reply saw the early loss of Corby for 13, lbw to David Hymers.

However, fellow opener Ben McGee frustrated Tynemouth with a fine innings of 61 against his former club before Khan bowled him.

Michael Allan, batting at four, notched up an unbeaten 64 whilst Khan weaved some magic to take 4-61 and at least bring in further wickets.

There was also one wicket for Andrew Smith thanks to a catch by Morse.

However, Newcastle stuck to their task and reached their target in only the 53rd over with four wickets in hand.

The third team found themselves short of players owing to call ups from the Premier teams and only eight men took the field at Warkworth after also losing the toss.

This was guaranteed to be a long afternoon in the shadow of the castle against the Northumberland League division one leaders.

Tynemouth had early hope when Neil Bennett sharply caught and bowled Alistair Gibson for one with the score already on 39 thanks to the prolific left hander Scott Gibson.

Richard Warwick had started brightly with a maiden but his opening five overs spell went for 49.

Bennett saw 51 against his name, also after only five overs.

Ed Snelders and Don Catley then took over the attack and both bowled their full allocations of 13 overs. Catley thought he had Gibson caught at the fence but the impact took the fielder onto the fence and local rules implied a four scored.

Finally, after 15 fours and a six, Gibson was well caught off a spinning skyer by keeper Simon Ward off Catley for 80 with the score on 131-2.

Snelders bowled the tighter of the two and recorded 13-1-61-1 thanks to a catch by Bennett.

On the other hand, Catley claimed another two wickets with Geoff Simpson taking a good catch in the deep to dismiss number three bat Michael Sewell for 71.

Catley also bowled Tom Burnett to record 13-1-102-3, Tom Stoetzel saw 39 runs come off his four overs and Simpson 31-1 of his three with a low down catch of Chris Glass (59) at the wicket by Ward.

Bennett returned to be rewarded with a fine catch by Warwick to record 9-0-74-2 and Warwick himself took two late wickets for 9-0-74-2.

As the bowling figures imply, this was a big score for Warkworth with 385-9 in 50 overs being near their par score at home this season.

Extras was top scorer with exactly 100, but four bowling points were won by the tiring eight men.

Tynemouth’s reply saw a fantastic response from young Richard Warwick who struck a defiant 46 with seven fours and two sixes in a final total of 89-7.

Opener Bennett scored eight, Snelders ten and Catley ran out of partners again on four not out.

Martin Clark and Adam Hall each took 3 wickets. The first innings took three and a half hours of ball chasing but the second innings of 18.2 overs was much shorter as Warkworth just failed to win by 300 runs.

Upcoming fixtures:

Thursday, August 13: Midweek v Monkseaton, away, 6pm, NEMWCL Div 4.

Saturday, August 15: 1sts v Durham CA, home, 11.30am, NEPL Premier Division; NCL 3rds v Berwick, home, 1pm, NCL Div 1.

Sunday, August 16: 2nds v South North, home, 1.30pm, Banks Bowl; 3rds v South North, away, 1.30pm, NEPL Sunday Div 1; U13s v Benwell Hill, home, 10am.

Monday, August 17: Midweek v Proctor and Gamble, away, 6pm, NEMWCL Div 4.

Tuesday, August 18: T20 Tour Match v South Wingfield CC, home, 6pm (or earlier).

Wednesday, August 19: U15s v Benwell Hill, home.