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Victory puts Tyne back on track

Tynemouth v Newcastle, NEPL Premier Division, Tynemouth, 14 July 2018
Tynemouth v Newcastle, NEPL Premier Division, Tynemouth, 14 July 2018

Some fine slow bowling from Professional Mark Watt and a determined run chase proved the key in a well contested game at Preston Avenue on Saturday.

Another glorious day greeted these two local rivals and it was away skipper Jacques Du Toit who won the toss and decided to have a bat on a flat , dry surface.

Former player Ollie McGee opened up but quickly found himself on his way back to the Pavilion following a piece of opportunism from home keeper Mattie Brown throwing down the stumps from 15 yards to complete the strangest stumping of the season .

Some steady medium paced bowling from Andrew Smith , David Hymers and Wesley Bedja and some careless batting from an understrength Newcastle side, short of their 2 Durham Contracted players, saw Tynemouth on top throughout the innings.

Captain Du Toit looked in good form but after one glorious hit into Tynemouth Golf Course he succumbed to David Hymers for 15.

With the danger man out , Professional Mark Watt began to turn the screw and the ball and the Newcastle batsmen had no answers to another fine spell of bowling from the Scottish International. Watt took 6/30 from his 14 overs. A few lusty blows from Calum Harding took his side beyond a hundred but a total of 118 all out was well under par .

McGee and Harding opened the bowling and the latter dismissed Nick Armstrong for a quick 15. Skipper Debnam and Mike Jones then put together a steady and well constructed 40 partnership before the skipper was run out for the second week in a row for a handy 18. At 60/2 Tynemouth looked comfortable however they then lost Jones for 35 and their next 3 wickets for just 15 runs and at 75/5 the game was in the balance. Ollie McGee was bowling a fine spell combining accuracy with good turn and occasional bounce and he was threatening to win the game for his side. However the experienced pair of Barry Stewart 25 no and Andrew Smith 15 no applied themselves well and saw the home team to victory without further loss.

McGee finished with 3/15 from his 15 overs and was a constant threat.

The win gets the Seasiders back on track and they currently sit 5 th in the NEPL table.