NE Premier League: Feat of Clay helps Lyons ease fears with welcome first victory

Tynesmouth batsman Phil Morse edges past Whitburn's slip fielders off the bowling of Keiran Waterson  on Saturday
Tynesmouth batsman Phil Morse edges past Whitburn's slip fielders off the bowling of Keiran Waterson on Saturday
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Hetton Lyons are finally off the mark in the Premier Division, securing a first win after 10 games on Saturday.

Lyons defeated bottom club Gateshead Fell by 111 runs to ease the pressure in their fight against relegation.

Jarvis Clay (79 not out) and Josh Coughlin (73) showed excellent form to push the Lyons to 254-3, helped by Allan Worthy (37) and Lal Kumar (34no) before John Malkin (5-22) inspired Fell’s dismissal for 149.

Whitburn remained in second-ottom place after a high-scoring drawn finish with Tynemouth, despite 98 from Dan Shurben in an opening stand worth 108.

He faced 130 balls and hit 12 fours and three sixes, with fellow opener Neil Ayre making 40, with eight boundaries. Ian Elliot took three wickets, woith Kieran Waterson, Mark Elliott and Scott Condy each striking twice, but Tynemouth still posted a daunting 260-9 from their 60 overs.

Whitburn finished 71 runs short on 189-6 when their response ended after 46 overs.

Durham Academy created a new record by bowling out Blaydon for just 38 runs, their lowest ever team total since the Premier League opened for business 15 years ago.

The sorry story of poor batting and outstanding bowling was made even worse for Blaydon by the fact that they had suffered another mauling on Friday at the hands of Benwell Hill, when they were bowled out for 45.

The league reverse was a personal triumph for George Harding (5-11) and Dylan Budge (5-22) after the youngsters had declared their innings on 182-8, with Scott Steel living up to his name by scoring 79 from 72 balls. Gary Stewart and Ryan Buckley each took three wickets for Blaydon before the batting debacle began.

Only one batter, Geoff Stewart, reached double figures as they were all out in 13.4 overs.

But Blaydon were not alone in having a bad day, as the team who defeated them in the T20 cup, Benwell Hill, were dismissed for even fewer runs, just 29, by South Northumberland, whose bid to retain the league championship was given a mighty boost.

Setting out 29 points behind leaders Chester-le-Street, they finished their highly successful day 15 closer to the top with Stephen Humble (5-9) and Thomas Hodnett (5-16) cashing in on Hill’s dire performance. As with Blaydon, only one batsman made it to double figures.

But the Cestrians, who were only able to draw with Newcastle at Jesmond, contributed in part to their own demise after rain cut down the number of overs they found it possible to play.

Their opponents put them under pressure by scoring 228-8 and, when they responded, Chester never got fully into their stride. Despite a superb unbeaten innings of 88 from Quentin Hughes, they never got close enough to threaten, finishing 42 runs short and in danger of losing their two remaining wickets.

Newcastle owed their dominance to James Carding (59) and Jacques Du Toit (52) before Ollie McGee (6-61) looked like causing even more damage to their tail-end batsmen.

South Shields (195-8) were held by Stockton (188-6) in another rain-affected game.

A half-century for Andrew Elliott and five wickets for Liam Dixon were the high points for Shields.