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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Newton steers Tyne to victory

A SEVEN wicket winning margin on the final day saw Tynedale finish one position higher than last year.

The triumph at home to Percy Main earned the Priors Flat team fourth spot in the Wellstream Northumberland and Tyneside Senior Cricket League after a rain-affected summer.

With Tyne fortunate to play more games than most in the league despite the rain, they will have mixed emotions about finishing where they did.

In the 16 games they managed to play, they won half and lost the other half as their inconsistency came back to haunt them.

However, after losing a number of key players, namely captain Gary Hunter, Stephen Smith and Mark Drake, they can be happy with the progress their predecessors displayed.

They started their game with Percy in fine form, young captain Tom Cant impressing by removing three of the top four to finish with the figures of 3-39.

Backing him up well was teenager John Meadows with 2-36, while fellow youngster, New Zealander Ross Laidlaw (2-35), also claimed two wickets.

Also chipping in with a wicket was David Newton as he had Craig Bird caught by Richard Darling, but his 14 overs came at an expensive 55 runs.

Newton performed much better in bat though as he opened up and remained there at the innings end.

Facing 109 balls in total, the all-rounder whacked his way to an unbeaten 77 which included seven fours and two maximum scores.

Opening partner Meadows carried his bat well to reach a half ton, but he finally succumbed to a catch from Joe Ashdown off Richie Walker for 63.

Ben Archer (4) and Laidlow (16) came and went, but Jamie Crichton (3no) was at the crease when Tynedale passed the target of 174 set by the visitors.

Tynedale II also ended their season with a win as they comfortably defeated Backworth II by a margin of 81 runs.

They reached 200-9 before running out of overs, opener Paul Scandle making 73, Noah Hiles 35 and Jack Speed 37.

With teenager Will Dagg finishing with figures of 4-57, Tynedale removed Backworth for 119 to give them something to build on for next term as they push for promotion.