Tynemouth stumble to draw against Durham

Following a wash out of the 20/20 match at home to Eppleton on Friday night, Tynemouth’s First Team had a delayed start in their fixture at home to Durham Academy on Saturday.

The visitors batted first with opener Reece Carr hitting 90, supported by No.3 batsman Adam Hickey (46).

At 140-2 the Academy were comfortable and they pushed on to declare with the score 212-9 off 50.5 overs. Ruhan Pretorious took 3-51, Phil Morse 1-63, David Hymers 2-47 and Finn Lonnberg 1-26.

Tynemouth openers Ben Debnam and Nick Armstrong posted 35 and 38. However, with the score on 85 Debnam was run out and the momentum was slowed. Four more batsmen made double figures but wickets fell steadily and Tynemouth could not keep up with the required rate.

Tynemouth closed at the permitted 47 overs mark on 163-8 and Durham claimed the winning draw and 15 points. With nine points from the game Tynemouth are still placed comfortably in seventh place.

The Second Team travelled to Eppleton in the Banks Bowl quarter final on Sunday and won through comfortably in to the semi-finals. Batting first they amassed 313-8 off only 45 overs.

Ben McGee opened with 54 and was supported by Stephen Davison (30), skipper Andrew Lineham (40), Chris Fairley (63), Sean Longstaff (41) and Josh Koen (32 not out).

Eppleton were dismissed for 227. Wickets were shared by Chris Miller 3-38, Koen 3-56 and veteran Tony Lion 2-19.

The Third Team arrived to find Blue Flames mopping up their pitch so that a reduced 35 overs game could be played.

Tynemouth were invited to bat first on the still drying out wicket. Carl Salvidge and Matty Longstaff made another good start putting on a cautious 31 for the first wicket. Longstaff put on 44 while Ben Newman added 41.

Simon Ward helped accelerate the innings in the last five overs, taking the score to 135 as three cheap wickets fell in the last over.

Unfortunately the Third Team’s run of good results ended as Blue Flames won by five wickets in the 30th over.

Elsewhere, Tynemouth U11 took on Benwell Hill U11 and made 255, thanks to 15 from David Mahon and a 29-run partnership between Will Perry and Patrick Hallam.

In response, Benwell Hill only made 206, thanks in part to Matty Wills who took three wickets.