Tynemouth 2nds get better of winning draw
By Graeme Hallam
Tynemouth Second Team got the better of a draw hosting Blaydon
Tynemouth Second Team got the better of a draw hosting Blaydon. Skipper Graeme Hallam won the toss and elected to bat on a cloudy and cold day at the seaside. Openers Lion and Lineham got off to a great start putting to the sword some wayward bowling from the visitors. They rattled up a 100 plus partnership for the first wicket stand. Lion eventually fell for 44 but Lineham continued with the onslaught before being bowled for 98, only 2 short of what would have been his first ever century for Tynemouth. Hallam then took up the role as the main aggressor and hit a quick-fire 74 supported by McDine's 22 not out. The home side were able to declare after 50 overs on 274 for 5.
A very good opening spell from James Carr and Owen Gourley was very unfortunate not to yield any wickets but the breakthrough came when first change bowler Richie Hay took the wicket of Blaydon's opener Owen for 65. Hay then removed Lamb for 22 and Tynemouth were confident they could now apply pressure to push for the win. Twelve year old leg spinner Patrick Hallam was making his Second Team NEPL debut and took 2 wickets for 28 off 7 overs with his first ever Second Team wicket being "Caught Hallam, Bowled Hallam" recorded in the scorebook. Patrick was supported by club stalwart Tony Lion who picked up 2 wickets as did First Team regular Finn Lonnberg who, whilst injured, bowled off spin and took 2 for 20 runs. After their 55 overs Blaydon were 214 for 7. Tynemouth picked up 14 points to Blaydon’s 9 points for the winning draw.