Tynemouth’s batting costs them dearly

A batting collapse cost Tynemouth any chance of victory against Newcastle despite a strong half century from opener Nick Armstrong.

Tynemouth were asked to field first by the visitors, who made a recent enough score to recover from 33-4 to make 216 all out in 65 overs.

The innings was dominated by 102 from their renowned skipper Jacque Du Toit.

Tynemouth’s wicket takers were David Hymers 1-16, Andrew Smith 4-69, Tahir Khan 1-53 and Phil Morse 2-36.

Tynemouth’s batting again fell short, despite 63 from Armstrong and 29 from Morse helping them to a very competitive 116-3 at the midway stage.

Wickets then tumbled around Richie Straughan (15 not out) in his welcome comeback game. Tynemouth made 170 all out in the 53rd over.

The Second Team in the reverse fixture lost the toss to their hosts and also fielded first.

Newcastle were successfully dismissed for 166 in the 41st over. Opening strike force Richie Hay (2-37) and Sean Longstaff (2-62) impressed and Tynemouth had realistic hopes of victory.

However, despite 47 from Longstaff and 20 from veteran Tony Lion with a final 15 not out by Hay, Tynemouth crumbled to 133 all out.

The Third Team made the long trip to Berwick and were put in to bat. Aidan Wilson was bowled second ball before Geoff Simpson and Simon Ward then took the game to Berwick with big shots until, with a quick 34 on the board, Simpson was well caught and bowled by David Currie for 20.

Ward made 25 with Lee Reed 13 in his comeback but the rest of the side were blown away by Wilson’s 6-24 off 12 overs. Woodcock also did damage with 3-19 off 6 overs in a poor Tynemouth total of 83 all out.

Berwick were then stunned to lose three quick wickets, all bowled, with single figures still on the board.

Currie (31) and Richard Davison (32) almost saw Berwick home but Don Catley spoilt their party by bowling Currie but Berwick won by six wickets.