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Saturday, 23 May 2015

Tynedale make hay while stags are away

WITH eight games to go, Tynedale reclaimed top spot in the Northumberland and Tyneside Senior League courtesy of a thumping 151 run victory over Alnmouth and Lesbury.

With their hosts missing a number of players due to a stag weekend, Tyne made light work of their opponents to make the most of Shotley Bridge’s loss to Swalwell.

Connor Fellowes was absent from the Tynedale line-up, seeing David Newton move up to open the batting with John Meadows.

On a fast outfield, they both picked up a number of early boundaries as Alnmouth kept the field up until Newton departed when he mistimed a pull to mid-wicket.

Sixteen-year-old Will Dagg was given the opportunity to bat at number three and he played himself in as Meadows kept attacking, passing 50 off only 54 balls.

In control, Tyne then lost two quick wickets as Meadows was bowled by a ball which kept low to go for 74 from 72 deliveries, while Dagg miscued a drive to point to go for just six.

James Rainford joined captain Tom Cant and they began to rebuild the innings, batting patiently and punishing the bad ball.

As often happens, drinks brought a wicket as Rainford was bowled while Jamie Crichton’s return after a two week holiday saw him depart early as Tynedale looked to pass the 250 mark.

Tim Raglan, short of runs in his debut year at the club, joined Cant as he passed 50, off 54 balls, but the skipper fell as the innings entered the final 10 overs.

Raglan and Callum Barnes saw out the innings well as, at the end of 50 overs, Tyne had scored 256-8.

With a number of key batsmen missing, Alnmouth chose to bat patiently and try to pick up bonus points but were restricted by some aggressive bowling from Akash Fotedar and Dean Owen, particularly from the latter, impressing with 0-2 off his six overs which included four maidens.

The spin twins Cant and Barnes were introduced and Cant picked up the first wicket, having Robinson well caught at mid-wicket by Noah Hiles.

Tyne were then frustrated for a number of overs until Newton came in to see Charles Anderson well caught at mid-wicket by Rainford as Alnmouth went from 71-1 to 80-4.

Newton trapped Alistair Batey lbw and the returning Fotedar dismissed Jonny Ridley, also lbw.

The spinners then returned and they ran through the remaining wickets quickly, Barnes dismissing Will Massey for a good catch at silly point by Meadows.

Callum Batey had held Tynedale up with a patient 48 off 128 balls but was removed when caught at first slip by Raglan off Cant, who was bowling for only the second time in the league this season.

Brian Brooks was bowled and Rich Neil lbw to Cant and, when Barnes dismissed Robin Tudor, Alnmouth were all out for 105 as captain Ben Oliver was absent.

The victory was a good tonic for the thumping defeat they received at home to Ashington in the semi-finals of the Northumberland Cup the previous evening.

Batting first, Ashington made the most of the six over powerplay and they maintained their good start to finish on a huge score of 191-3, professional Anirudh Singh blasting a 114 not out off 61 balls.

In reply, Tyne lost early wickets and when Cant was bowled for a top score of 27, they struggled to 78 all out with David Newton (12) and number 11 Edward Pinches (14) providing the most assistance.