Du Toit Masterclass too much for Tynemouth
By Vince Howe
Newcastle beat Tynemouth
DU TOIT MASTERCLASS TOO MUCH FOR TYNEMOUTH.
Newcastle 283 all out beat Tynemouth 96 all out by 187 runs.
A superb exhibition of ball striking by Newcastle’s Captain , Jacques Du Toit, was the highlight of a comprehensive victory against Tynemouth at a noisy Jesmond on Saturday.
Du Toit made a brilliant 124 and showed no mercy to any of the away bowlers to the delight of a large group of raucous , visiting students who sang his name throughout his marvellous innings.
It was another cold and cloudy day when Tynemouth skipper Ben Debnam won the toss and decided to have a bowl first on a wicket that was worn but flat. David Hymers opened the bowling with Finn Lonnberg and with a wicket each had the home side on the back foot at 22/2. At this point Ollie McGee joined his brother Ben at the crease and the former Tynemouth pair began to repair the damage with a solid partnership of 49 before younger brother, Ben , was adjudged lbw to Hymers.
Enter Du Toit . This was a top drawer innings from ball one. Soft hands and solid in defence and then those fast hands and lovely swing of the bat in attack. He dealt almost exclusively in boundaries and when he brought up his century Tynemouth supporters and players both joined the Barmy Uni Army to show their appreciation for a fine innings by the Leagues best batsman.
At the other end McGee had gone for a gritty 55 before the Tynemouth bowlers had some late success against the Newcastle middle and late order. Hymers was the pick of the bowlers with 4/41 of 13 overs and a 3 wicket cameo last over from Martin Pollard meant at least the away side dismissed the home team but a score of 283 proved plenty .
Calum Harding and Ollie McGee opened the bowling for the home side and with the pace and accuracy of the former and the guild of the latter the two lefties quickly ripped apart the top order leaving the Tynemouth reply in tatters at 22/4. Good bowling but also some injudicious shots played by the batsmen too which certainly contributed towards the early collapse. Last weeks centurian Mike Jones and Club Professional , Mark Watt , dug in and showed some fight however when McGee returned to bowl Jones for 30 the game looked up for Tynemouth. Watt, McCarthy and Hymers tried hard to force the draw but when Harding bowled Lonnberg in the penultimate over the game was over and a comfortable and deserved victory secured by Newcastle.