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Saturday, 29 November 2014

Shotley prove too strong for Tynedale

AFTER a heavy defeat to top of the table Swalwell, Tynedale travelled to Shotley Bridge for a tough looking away trip.

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Hitting out: Tynedale's James Rainford top scored with 40 against Shotley Bridge.

Tyne won the toss and chose to bat, but they got off to the worst possible start as David Newton crashed Hubber straight to gully without scoring.

Ben Archer joined Meadows as they got the scoreboard moving before Meadows was bowled for 10.

The in-form Jamie Crichton was promoted up the order and he and Archer looked comfortable at the crease, playing patiently and punishing the bad ball.

However just as Tyne looked comfortable they lost they quick wickets, with Archer (15), Laidlaw (3) and Crichton (15) all going to leave Tyne 52-5.

Captain Tom Cant was joined by Rainford at the crease, as they looked to save the innings. Struggling with a bad back, Cant played the supporting role to Rainford who has come into form in the back end of the season after a slow start.

Rainford punished the seamer Angus and Cant attacked the spinner Carlin. Both bowlers were replaced by Brown and Anderson, who squeezed the run rate.

The 64-run partnership was ended when Rainford was adjudged leg before for a well made 40. Darling joined Cant for the final push.

Darling reached 10 before being well held on the boundary. Byerley (0) came and went soon after as Haney joined Cant.

Looking to get 150 for an extra point, Cant was run out for 39 and Heslop lbw for 0 as Tyne came up just short on 148.

After tea, Tyne opened with Darling and spinner Cant looking for early wickets on the flat pitch.

Darling pulled up early with an ankle injury and was replaced by Laidlaw, also struggling with a shoulder injury.

Cant was the first to strike, getting Brown caught behind for 35.

When Laidlaw ran out Anderson off his bowling for 1, Shotley were 40-2 and the game was still alive. Hubber and Rees kept Shotley in control though, playing patiently and attacking when they wanted.

Hubber played and missed and inside edged Cant, but apart from that the batters were looking safe.

Newton replaced Laidlaw and he got the breakthrough having Hubber caught behind for 18. Leaving Shotley with 59 to win and seven wickets left.

Ex-Tynedale professional Stuart Graham came to the crease and played the support role to Rees who was keen to get the game finished quickly.

He brought up his 50 at a run ball and continued to attack. Tyne need one wicket for another point and they got the chance when Cant got one to turn at Graham, hit him on the thumb and lob to slip. But Rainford spilled the chance and that was that. Shotley ran out comfortable seven wicket winners.

Tyne sit in fourth place in the league, with one game to go – still a fine achievement after the winter departures.

Their last game tomorrow is at home to second bottom Percy Main, 1pm start.

l In the final chance of silverware for the season, Tyne took on premier league outfit Blaydon in the final of the A.M. Brown Cup.

Batting first, Tyne looked to have a decent score of 139-5 in 28 overs, with contributions from Ross Laidlaw 41, James Rainford 36 not out and Tom Cant 21.

However, after Tyne dropped both Blaydon openers Raine and Freary, the batters never gave another chance and looked comfortable in their chase. Laidlaw eventually dismissed Raine for 45 but Freary (58) and Worthy (28) not out saw the premier league side home by nine wickets and with three overs to go.

l In what was one of the most one sided games of the season Tynedale Seconds returned to winning ways against Seaton Burn.

Batting first, Tyne recorded 275-2 in only 32.1 overs before declaring. Fifteen-year-old Noah Hiles top scored with 113, with Paul Scandle scoring 81 and David Holt 51 not out, as the Seaton Burn attack was put to the sword.

In reply, Seaton Burn were bundled out for 116.

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