Tynemouth up to second place in league table
Tynemouth 177 all out beat Sacriston 138 all out by 39 runs.A fine innings of 88 by Matthew Brown set up the victory against the Colliers before off-spinner Martin Pollard took 6-42 moving Tynemouth up to second place in the North East Premier League.
Skipper Debnam won the toss and elected to bat first on a good looking pitch that had a bit in it for everyone. However, he was dismissed lbw for a duck and, when opening partner Nick Armstrong fell soon after, it was Sacriston who were the happier side. Mike Jones made a calm 23 but the middle order fell apart leaving the home side tottering at 104-5.
Brown however was in command and he found an able partner in George Harding. Together they put on a valuable 65 run partnership. Brown was at his best, solid in defence and positive in attack. A series of clips off the pads to leg and his trademark punch wide of mid-on were the highlights of a quality innings. For the visitors Matthew Potts impressed but it was Rory McInnes-Gibbons and Craig Robertson who picked up the wickets.
A score of 177 looked a bit short of par but George Harding, opening the bowling with his slow left-armers, took 3 quick wickets to have the visitors struggling at 22-3. The luckless Finn Lonnberg bowled a fine opening spell from the golf course and then it was time for Debnam to rotate his spinners. Professional Harding was accurate, youngster Evan Hull Denholm full of promise and the experienced Pollard the wicket taker claiming six all told, including the key scalp of Matthew Potts caught on the leg side boundary by David Mansfield.
The 2nds were heavily loaded with call-ups from the 3rds but managed a very close win. They inserted their hosts, Sacriston 2nds, and restricted them to 200-9 of which opener Harry Hubber made 107. Skipper Andrew Davison and Josh Koen each took three wickets. Tynemouth lost Euan Stenhouse for a duck but opener Niall Piper 65 and Josh Koen 44 took the score to 105 before the loss of Piper. There was a mid-order collapse but Alfie Bowman impressed with 29no and last man Neil Bennett with 10no saw Tynemouth home .