Weather only winner as club reflects on season

TYNEMOUTH Cricket Club chairman Russell Perry has reflected on another interesting season ahead of their annual dinner.

Guest speaker is Durham and England cricketer Phil Mustard at the annual dinner, which takes place on Saturday, October 27, at 7.30pm.

For the second year running, the season was decimated by poor weather with 53 fixtures lost to the rain.

Despite the difficulties, the club continued to make progress on the playing side with the first team finishing ninth in the NE Premier League and reaching the final of three major cup competitions.

The Second Team finished fourth in the league despite fielding a young side for much of the season, also reaching two cup finals and the finals day of the NEPL 20/20 competition.

Although the Saturday Thirds ended second bottom of the Northumberland League Division A, a realignment of the leagues means they were not relegated.

The Sunday thirds finished fourth in their league with a side consisting of almost entirely juniors which bodes well for the future.

The first team had a new captain in Ben Debnam and engaged the services of young South African Patrick Botha as professional. Ben provided excellent leadership and topped the batting averages with 379 runs at 29.15.

Botha scored 268 runs at 20.62 and with the ball took 24 wickets at an average of 22.38. Rory Cox recorded the only century of the season. David Hymers topped the bowling with 33 wickets at an average of 17.24.

The Second Team saw the continued development of young players Ollie McGee, Ben McGee, Ryan Macciocchi and Finn Lonnberg – all being involved with Northumberland under 15s and Durham Academy during the season.

McGee’s 18 wickets at 12.83 just pipped Lonnberg’s 17 wickets at 23.82.

The Third Team Sunday side saw the emergence of starlets Lewis Beaumont, Mark Packham and Sam Maguire.

On the junior side Tynemouth ran an under 15 side, two under 13 sides, an under 11 side plus school games. Poor weather meant the loss of some practice sessions so the season never really took off.

The under 15 side, led by Steve Mordue, reached the National Semi Final round at York but fell short.

The under 13 side, led by Andrew Davison, progressed to the National Quarter Final losing to a strong Grange side from Scotland on an artificial wicket due to Grange’s home ground being under several foot of water.

Perry believes their work in the community continues to reflect well on the club, although some of the programme was scaled back after a bid for grant aid was turned down.

However, thanks to North Tyneside Council’s Widening Horizons programme and RW Mann Trust, the club has continued its schools programme with the work of Rebecca Ayton – although a question mark remains over the programme for 2013 due to funding issues.

• The club is hosting it’s Annual Fireworks Evening at the ground in Preston Avenue on Saturday, November 3.

Tickets cost £4 per adult and £2 for children are available in advance from event leader John Carr (0191) 2510761 or at the gate on the night.

The gate opens at 6pm with the usual rides and other entertainment for youngsters as well as full bar and catering facilities. The bonfire will be lit at 7pm and the fireworks display starts at 8pm.