Strugglers topple Tyne from league top spot
Published at 09:11, Monday, 06 August 2012
TYNEDALE slipped to second in the table after being edged out in the final over by second bottom Lanchester.
They went down by two wickets in a closely fought encounter, allowing reigning champions Swalwell to go back on top.
With Mark Heslop enjoying Ladies’ Day at Newcastle Races, Alex Brown was promoted from the second team for the match.
Tynedale won the toss and chose to bat on a new grassy wicket, but suffered an early setback when John Meadows went forjust four.
Ben Archer joined David Newton and they slowly edged the score up while riding their luck as both batters were dropped.
Archer was dropped a further three times, but was eventually dismissed for 25, including four majestic boundaries.
Newton and Ross Laidlaw continued Tynedale's charge before both were dismissed in the space of two balls, Newton dubiously judged caught behind for 42 and Laidlaw run out next ball for five.
This left captain Tom Cant and James Rainford together with the score at 91-4, but two brief rain showers halted Tynedale’s momentum.
On return, the batters could not get it together, and was Cant caught behind for 19 soon after.
Jamie Crichton joined Rainford as Tyne were on 135-5 looking to get up to 200, but they suffered a dramatic collapse – not for the first time this season.
When Rainford was dismissed for 28 and Richard Darling for nought, Richard Byerley aimed to continue his strengthening of the bottom order.
However, after hitting South African leg spinner pro Jacobus Langenhoven for a four and a six, he was given out lbw for 12.
When Crichton was bowled for seven and Haney dismissed lbw for one, Tyne had flopped to 167 all out with 6.1 overs remaining!
Tyne knew early wickets were cruicial, and Laidlaw did the trick as he had Patterson caught in the gully by Meadows for nought.
Brinton joined the experienced Underwood and they looked in complete control as the wicket flattened out.
Darling was unlucky not to pick up Brinton's wicket but Tyne's four-man bowling attack looked unable to break the partnership.
The changing moment was when Brinton hit Newton over the net for six and lost the ball, because the new ball trapped Brinton lbw for 54 straight away.
This left Lanchester 88-2 and still favourites but they lost Murray three runs later when Cant had him run out.
The Tyne skipper then brought Laidlaw back for one last effort, and the Kiwi delivered as he dismissed Underwood first ball of his spell.
He then picked up the wickets of Ramshaw, Tweedy and Taylor in quick succession as Lanchester collapsed to 143-8 with 25 needed to win.
Tynedale did everything they could to pick up the last two wickets, changing the bowlers and field but to no luck as Harrison (24no) and McPhail (4no) edged Lanchester home to victory in the last over.
A good fighting spirit from Tyne nearly brought them victory but they knew they were short with the bat.
Tomorrow they travel to Annfield Plain for a 1.30pm start.
Fortunes were reversed when the teams met in the Charity Bowl quarter-finals, Tynedale defeating Lanchester by 36 runs.
Cant hit 58 and Rainford 33 not out to secure 144 runs to book a place in the semis versus Swalwell.
Elsewhere, a narrow four run defeat to Shotley Bridge saw their JustSport cup campaign come to an end.
l Tynedale II were involved in a dramatic defeat versus Consett after being dismissed for just 48, Damon Watts top scoring with 10.
In reply, Consett knocked it off for eight wickets, Tynedale bowling eight wides. Captain Dorian Hiles returned amazing figures of 13-7-9-7.
l Proving they are committed to delivering a safe and friendly service to juniors, Tynedale were this week re-accredited Clubmark Status for the next three years.
And it proved a good week all round for the junior section, their U15 team booking their place in the final of the Neil Hamilton Memorial Cup with a dramatic last over victory over old rivals Ashington.
Tyne U13 lost the title decider to Ponteland in their final league game of the season but are still overjoyed with their runners-up spot.
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