Tynemouth win at Sacriston
By Vince Howe
Jones and Watt star in comfortable win
TYNEMOUTH WIN AT SACRISTON
Sacriston 147 all out and 2 points lost to Tynemouth 150/4 and 30points.
More good work from the two Scottish internationals saw Tynemouth record a comfortable win at the Village Ground on Saturday by 6 wickets from the newly promoted side from County Durham.
Home skipper Graeme Wrightson won the toss on a beautiful day for cricket and took no time in deciding to bat first on a flat wicket which was surprisingly dry for early May.
It looked a good choice too as the Minor County opening pair of James Thompson and Daniel Anderson put on a partnership of 50 for the first wicket .
At this point Debnam turned to Andrew Smith and Smith then turned the game with a short spell which though expensive , yielded the vital wickets of both openers and promising youngster ,Nathan Hall. With Finn Lonnberg dismissing the dangerous Reece Carr for just 10 the home side were now struggling at 74/4. Time for Mark Watt to have a bowl and despite seemingly on at the wrong end the Scotland slow left armer put the shackles on with a fine spell of bowling represented by figures of 10 overs , 6 maidens , 2 wickets for 10 runs.
A determined partnership of 70 between Graeme Bridge and Melvyn Betts saw Sacriston rally but an injury to Betts and the introduction of Martin Pollard saw the innings finish quickly. Pollard enjoying figures of 4/3 from his 4 overs.
A score of 147 would have been cheered to the rafters this week at the Crucible however the home supporters looked underwhelmed by their players efforts especially after such a positive start.
Hopes rose though when both Tynemouth openers, Ben Debnam and Nick Armstrong , were dismissed with just 5 runs on the board. Enter Mike Jones and once again he had all the answers playing well throughout and ending up with a fine 53 not out. This was another classy innings from the Durham starlet , his walk at the bowler drives down the ground show both confidence and skill and his determination to see an innings through marks him out as a top drawer player. Matthew Brown and Sam Dinning both offered support to Jones but when the latter was out to a beauty from Graeme Bridge , Watt decided attack was the way forward. The left handed hit 4 sixes to all corners of the ground along with 5 fours in a quick fire 37 ball 54 not out dominating an unbeaten 65 run partnership to see the away side to a deserved victory by six wickets. Bridge was the pick of the home bowlers but he met his match in Watt on this occasion.
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