1st Aug 2022

                        NEPL Premier Division, Sat 30th July, SNCC v Tynemouth (a)

Tynemouth 136ao (37.3o) Stuart Poynter 27, Esam Rahman 25, Joseph Snowdon 24, Richard Stanyon 24*: Jonny Wightman 1-41, Sean Tindale 5-42, Calum Fletcher 3-16, Oli McGee 1-18, Lee Crozier 0-8.

SNCC 138-2 (25.1o) Sol Bell 74*, Alvin Dithole 43, Rob Peyton 10, Adam Cragg 4*: Owen Gourlay 0-16, Richard Stanyon 0-30, Esam Rahman 1-32, Phil Morse 0-38, Martin Pollard 1-18.

SNCC won by 8 wickets - 23points, Tynemouth 1.

Overnight rain, an outfield showing moisture & a humid day at Preston Avenue encouraged the Bulls to ask Tynemouth to bat. Debnam & Thorburn faced Wightman (golf course) & Tindale (Avenue). The ball was swinging & moving off the pitch. Cragg positioned himself at 4th slip & 3 balls later Thorburn edged Wightman there, 1-1.In the next over Debnam repeated the dismissal edging Tindale to Cragg at 4th slip.

Brown stroked 2,4,2,4, 1 off Wightman but at 20 in the next, the 6th, he edged Tindale to 2nd slip where Hewison too a fine catch, low to his left two handed, 20-3. Rahaman joined Poynter & the pair settled plenty of dots but scoring in boundaries. Fletcher replaced Wightman & one impassioned lbw turned down, had a second against Rahman (25), pushing forward, upheld. 68-4 in the 19th.

Kimmitt (0) followed, lbw to Fletcher in the 21st, 72-5. At 87 in the 25th Poynter drove Fletcher towards extra cover where Cragg took a good low catch, his third. Good 7 over spell from Calum, 2 maidens, 3-16. Three runs later, Morse cut hard at McGee for Hewison to take a superb reaction catch, right handed at slip, 90-7.

At 94 Tindale yorked Gourlay (0). Snowdon had been batting nicely pushing singles & running well. He was joined by Stanyon, once of this parish, who proceeded to swing freely at anything remotely driveable. The score had risen to 136 in the 38th when first Snowdon (24) was yorked by Tindale & two balls later Pollard pushing forward, lbw (0) to the same bowler. 136all out, Sean 5-42 from 11.3 overs.

The day had become pleasantly warm as Bell & Dithole faced the right arm seam of Gourlay (Avenue) & Stanyon (golf course). 11 off the first, 9 off the second, set the tone. 31-0 after 4, Rahman entered the attack but 10 off him saw the sla of Morse bowl over 9. 9 off that meant 63-0. In over 13 Alvin drove Morse over long on for 6.

Stanyon's 6 over spell ended & Pollard had one over from the top end before reverting to up the hill, 88-0 after 14. So, it was something of a surprise when Rahman, now down the hill, induced an edge from Dithole (43, 45b, 3x4, 1x6) for w/k Poynter to take a low catch. 

Peyton pushed 10 singles before being adjudged lbw advancing to Pollard, 128-2 in the 23rd. Cragg joined Bell & the pair saw the Bulls safely home with a 4 to Sol from the first ball of the 26th over. Sol 74* (82b, 8x4) & Adam 4*.

23 points maintains a 33 point gap between the Bulls & next week's opponents Burnmoor at home, Sat 6th August, the last of the win/lose/draw games of 110 overs, another pivotal game. 

On Sunday 7th August the Vitality T20 Area final at Woodhouse Grange, east of York, when SNCC v Richmondshire is the second semi final at 1300. We hope you can be there..... 

but first a trip to Wallasey for the ECB Club Championship 1/4 final on Sunday 31st July... report next !


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