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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Fotedar plays lead role to counter Ponteland charge

TYNEDALE cemented their position at the top of the table with a hard-earned victory at local rivals Ponteland.

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Akash Fotedar’s enjoyed a haul of five wickets.

Kitted out in their new whites, sponsored by Carrs Billington Fuels and Dow Storey, Tynedale won the toss and chose to bat.

Openers Meadows and Fellowes made a watchful start against the experienced Turnbull and young Cosgrove.

The tight bowling saw Meadows go on the attack, hitting Cosgrove straight for six over long off before he was adjudged lbw for 13.

Turnbull picked up his second lbw, dismissing Newton for a duck.

Too often Tynedale lose wickets in clusters, and they quickly went from 27 for 2 to 46 for 4 as Fellowes was well caught in the covers for a top score of 26, and Tim Raglan was caught behind for six.

This brought together captain Tom Cant and James Rainford, who began to watchfully rebuild the innings and punish the bad ball, both hitting straight sixes.

However, as often happens immediately after a drinks break, Rainford went for a big drive and was caught at slip.

Tynedale were looking for 150, but when Cant was caught behind for 19 that target seemed a long way away.

However, in-form Crichton and Barnes put on a crucial partnership of 24. With contributions from Richard Darling (17) and Dean Owen (12), Tyne edged to very competitive score.

When Aussie Akash Fotedar was bowled, Tyne finished on 140.

Tyne knew they needed early wickets from Darling and Fotedar, as Ponteland opened with captain Wayne Ritzema and Australian Anthony Quarrell.

In the first over Tyne gave up a chance as Tom Cant was unable to hang on to a one handed diving catch.

The next 40 minutes was compelling league cricket, as the bowlers looked for wickets. Darling, in particular, went past the edge of the bat countless times

It was the introduction of David Newton that brought the breakthrough, bowling Quarrell and having Wright lbw for a duck.

James Ritzema joined his older brother as they looked to put Ponteland on top.

A naturally attacking batsman, James hit a couple of boundaries, but played one shot too many and was caught at long-off by Raglan off Callum Barnes who had replaced Darling.

At 44-3 the game was in the balance, with Tom Seymour joining Ritzema. Seymour continued the counter-attack hitting two fours and a six.

At 71-3, Fotedar returned and picked up the big wicket of Ritzema, bowling him with a pitched up fast and swinging delivery.

Tim Raglan has been a great bonus for the changing room banter this season and he produced the moment of the game as he took a breath-taking one handed diving catch to remove Seymour for 30.

Fotedar was now inspired and he ran through the lower order with pace and accuracy, hitting the stumps another three times as Ponteland ended on 99, Fotedar picking up 5-29.

Tynedale’s 20 points sees them remain top of the table ahead of a busy weekend, when they face fellow unbeaten side Shotley Bridge twice in 12 hours.

Tonight they clash in the league cup, and tomorrow it’s the league match, when Tynedale will field probably their youngest side ever. Veterans Richard Darling and Jamie Criuchton are not available so the average age of the side is less than 23!

l Tynedale Seconds completed the double over Ponteland, with an impressive win over their previously undefeated opponents.

Tynedale batted first and scored 225-8, with Will Dagg (51) and Mark Clark (43) leading the way.

In reply Ponteland were bowled out for 151. Edward Pinches (3-28), Richard Brooks (2-21) and Matthew Percival (2-13) dominated with the ball.

Meanwhile, Tynedale U15s remained top of the league without a ball bowled as Seaton Burn conceded.

Tynedale U13s made the long travel north as they defeated Tillside. Batting first they scored 155-0 as Nathan Byerley, Michael Watts, Louis Charlton and Jack Peter all retired on 30.

In reply Tillside finished on 78-7 as five bowlers picked up wickets.

The U11 Tigers & Tornadoes played out a classic as their match went down to the last ball With the scores level on 233, a wicket from Adam Newton saw the Tornadoes home.

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