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Sunday, 24 May 2015

Meadows makes hay as Tynedale stay top

TYNEDALE youngster John Meadows powered his way to a century as another top batting display kept the Hexham side at the top of the table.

Tynedale century maker John Meadows (left) will be joined by skipper Tom Cant (centre) and Callum Barnes in the Northumberland team to play Lincolnshire this weekend.

His 108 guided Tyne to 261-6 when they travelled to fourth placed Lanchester, keeping up their unbeaten record in the Northumberland and Tyneside Senior League.

The hosts won the toss and elected to bowl first, a decision they were soon regretting as openers Connor Fellowes and Meadows found the boundary regularly to put on 69 in the opening dozen overs.

It ended when Fellowes flashed at a wide one and fell for 3.

David Newton came in but was bowled for four to leave Tynedale on 88-2.

A change in the batting order saw captain Tom Cant move to number four, and join Meadows who passed 50 soon after, looking back to his fluent best following his county debut during the week.

Lanchester’s off-spin duo of Murray and Dixon were punished as the Tynedale batsmen went on the attack, the 89 run partnership ending when Cant was caught by Jones off Dixon for 30.

As Tim Raglan joined Meadows, the latter passed his 100 but both batsmen fell at 204 with Raglan caught behind and Meadows caught going for another boundary.

The set back did not deter Tynedale though and the in-form James Rainford and Callum Barnes finished the innings well scoring 57 in seven overs.

Barnes finished on 29 not out and Rainford was caught on the boundary for 26 off the final ball of the innings as Tyne finished on 261-6 from their 50 overs.

Lanchester got off to a flyer in reply and passed 60 for the opening stand as Australian Jones and Halliday looked good against the experienced Richard Darling and Akash Fotedar.

But Tyne started to make inroads when Halliday was well caught at third man by Dean Owen off the bowling of Newton, while the vital wicket of Jones was picked up by Barnes.

The score soon went from 77-2 to 84-3 as Newton picked up his second wicket as he dismissed Patterson.

Storey, who scored 98 not out against Tynedale in a previous league game, and Taylor began to rebuild the innings but their 48 run partnership was ended when Barnes removed Storey.

Barnes then picked off the Dixons, Liam and Kevin, as the hosts struggled to keep up with the run rate on 178-6.

Taylor was the last hope for Lanchester but the returning Darling dismissed him lbw, which brought about the demise of the home side as Owen and 16-year-old Will Dagg each picked up one wicket to bowl Lanny all out for 202.

Tynedale are impressing in cup competition too, again defeating Swalwell - this time in the Horner Cup.

They restricted the league champions to 119-6 from their 20 overs on a short boundary, Fotedar (4-41) and Barnes (2-60) the wicket takers.

Tynedale got off to a slow reply, but an unbroken 99 run partnership from Cant (59no) and Rainford (46no)saw them home.

*Tynedale II were involved in a classic at Priors Flat as they tied with Lanchester’s second string.

Batting first, Neil Clark rolled back the years with an unbeaten 137 as Tyne made 273-4.

But Lanchester equalled the total despite only having one wicket left, Dorian Hiles (3-31), Richard Brooks (2-18) and Mark Clark (2-67) in the wickets.

It was the end of the road for the seconds in the B Division Cup as they lost to Consett II, the hosts making 148-8 even though Mark Clark finished with figures of 5-32.

Tyne finished their 20 overs 11 shy of the total, Paul Scandle and Richard Byerley top scoring with 22 apiece.


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