Weather is winner as rain ruins day

THE rain was the only winner in Tynemouth Cricket Club first team’s game at home against Newcastle on Saturday.

The side’s manged to toss the coin and Tynemouth were asked to bat first on a damp pitch, but there was no progress before the rain returned.

Tynemouth’s second team, in their reverse fixture at Jesmond, suffered the same fate.

Meanwhile the thirds travelled to Cramlington where the wet story was the same, but it was not until the deadline of 3.50pm that the game was finally abandoned without a ball being bowled.

Both teams were keen enough to wait and try to get the game played, but all efforts were in vain.

On Sunday although there was some play, both the first team’s visit to Blaydon in the Banks Salver and the second team’s hosting of Newcastle in the Banks Bowl were upset by the persistent rain.

This weekend the first team, sponsored by Tony Newman Decorators, are away to Newcastle in a 20/20 game on Friday with a 6pm start, and are then at home game against Hetton Lyons in the league on Saturday, with an 11.30am start.

The second team are away to Hetton Lyons on Saturday, with a 1pm start, while the thirds entertain Gateshead Fell on Sunday at 2pm.

n Elsewhere, more than 230 children forming 28 teams took part in the annual Asda Tynemouth Kwik Cricket Festival.

Each team played five matches in a tournament.

The competition was the culmination of an extensive coaching programme that saw Tynemouth coaches Rebecca Ayton and Stephen Davison deliver curriculum and after-school cricket sessions in local schools funded by North Tyneside Council’s Widening Horizon’s programme.

Cullercoats Primary School carried off both the boys and girls competitions, seeing off rivals Spring Gardens in the respective finals.

St Cuthbert’s Primary collected the Spirit of Cricket Award for demonstrating the best of what the sport has to offer in terms of behaviour.

Club chairman Russell Perry presented the prizes to the teams, who now go forward to the County Finals in this national competition.

He thanked the coaches, teachers and members of the BT Volunteer scheme for their work making sure the festival ran smoothly before congratulating the successful teams.