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Friday, 31 October 2014

Thirlwell stars in cup success

STOCKSFIELD’S young stars shone brightly as they lifted the West Tyne League U18 Cup at the expense of league champions Tynedale.

With their team containing four players who have featured for the table topping first team, they came away with the trophy in an entertaining game.

The main stars of the show were man of the match Rob Thirlwell who turned the game on its head with excellent bowling figures of 5-7 from his five overs, while Sam Mannion spearheaded the charge with the bat as he hit an unbeaten 46.

Wicket keeper Sam Beedle, who featured in the firsts’ cup final win, continued to knock on the door with two fine stumpings, while Ben Hutton marked his return from a broken hand by finishing things off by finding the boundary.

Tynedale batted first and made a good start courtesy of captain Will Dagg, who has also played first team cricket this year, and Euan Stephenson.

The pair put on 37 before Hutton claimed Stephenson’s wicket, but Tynedale remained steady with the arrival of Josh Renton.

But the introduction of spinner Thirlwell for Hutton in the eighth over proved pivotal, the promising bowler clean bowling both Renton and Dale Leadbitter in his opening over.

Tyne’s main man Dagg continued to hit a variety of shots to move his side’s target on, his hard hitting proving too hot for both Thirlwell and Mannion who got their hands to his efforts.

But James Tolchard was to enjoy better fortune as another wicked delivery from Thirlwell saw one jump up and Dagg sent it straight into the hands of his grateful opponent.

At the other end, Matty Percival was proving a useful companion and he helped up the run rate, with Oscar Speed coming in and playing the support role.

Yet both departed in the 16th over, the rapid hands of Beedle stumping both to give teammate Thirlwell a five-fer.

Jack Johnstone was stitched up by teammate Richard Brooks as he was run out by Mannion, before Owen Murtough was caught by Perry Hall in the final over as Stocksfield finished on 91-8.

The two Sams pushed the score along rapidly for Stocksfield as they opened, Beedle continuing his good form which sees him top the run charts in the senior league with the second team and Mannion accelerating things with his trademark quick running between the wickets.

The pair looked as though they were going to be in bat all night as they formed a formidable partnership, until Beedle was sent back to the pavilion after missing a peach from Renton.

Jonny Tobin came into the firing line and continued where his keeper had left off, the duo picking up runs which didn’t look there in a stand of 41.

Aided by an off day in the field for Tynedale, Mannion’s aggressive running saw him rack up 10 twos as the hosts moved into a commanding position.

The momentum was disrupted when Tobin was bowled by Dagg, sending Hutton into bat with Mannion, who needed six to complete his half century.

After ticking two off his list, he was not to face again as Hutton ran three before getting his side over the line by hitting Percival for two fours for the win.

Tynedale U13 finished off their season with a five wicket win over South Northumberland Red, who were restricted to 85-6 with Michael Watts picking up two wickets.

Tyne's excellent fielding saw them pick up three run outs, and they chased it down inside 17.2 overs as Will Roberts top scored with 24 not out.

It was a winning finish for Tynedale U11 too as they thumped Ponteland by 107 runs, posting a massive 284-4 with thanks to Adam Newton (17), James Percival (14) and Ollie Fletcher (12).

In reply, Pont finished on 177-13 with Newton (3-4), Matthew Scot (2-1) and Edward Foreman (2-2) doing the most damage.

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