Captain of Tynedale, Tom Cant, carried his bat for an attractive hundred at Lintz last Saturday to help his team get off to winning start by 29 runs in Division One of the newly constituted Northumberland & Tyneside Cricket League. That after Lintz skipper, Johnny Foster, won the toss and sent the visitors in too bat first. It was a decision which left his team with a mammoth target of over 300 runs to win and, for Cant, opportunities which he took to score his highest ever score for Tynedale and become the 11th player in the club’s history to score more than 4000 league runs.
Quite against the grain of other results across all North Eastern league cricket played on the same day the bowling attacks of both teams sweltered and wilted as an aggregate of near 600 runs were totted up for the loss of just seven wickets in the entire match which lasted for its full 100 overs. The green pitch gave little or no help to any bowler and a precise length of bowling was needed and when it wasn’t accomplished the fielding side in both innings suffered.
Punishment was given out with efficient style, particularly by Cant who. After seeing off the opening pair of Gohery and Young of Lintz by playing nicely to leg and, despite a couple of edges, took great pleasure in playing a sequence of first class classic backfoot drives which more often than not went for four. It was a shot he had complete control over and seemed to unleash at will as the innings moved along. Those were interspersed with punched shots to the off and all were topped off with a decent number of thumped hits which invariably left the little Lintz ground
Sam Mannion gave a glimpse of how he might proceed throughout the season, a stylish caribbean whipped six over deep backward square his stand out shot, before he gave a return catch to Young with score at 40 for the first wicket.
Crichton then hit 71 out of 138 he and Cant added for the second wicket, as the veteran wicketkeeper took advantage of the width given him by Lumley and Bowes to score his first fifty of the season from 64 balls. Three times in an over he cut or square drove Bowes into the shadows for four as Foster tried in vain to fill the gaps between fielders at point and straight extra cover. Added to some excellent running between the stumps it was a partnership unbeaten until Foster and Gohery came together in the Lintz innings. It ended when Crichton was caught out at deep mid-off not getting enough on a lofted drive, soon followed by Rainford caught out at mid-on after hitting eight out of 45 for the third wicket.
There was little chance of rest for the bowlers. In came Stephenson who lit a fuse on an El Alamein barrage of sixes by first hitting a sumptious cover drive for four. Former Lintz captain, Christie, and Gohery returning for his second spell, were on the end of most of them, while the other opening bowler Young was spared the late onslaught as the powerful left hander carried his bat for 55* out of 86 for the fourth wicket, he being joined by Cant who deserved every plaudit for his 149* hit in just over three hours from 164 balls.
Lintz made a tremendous fight of it. Once Peart had been bowled by seamer, Peter, in the seventh over with the score at 31, Foster and Gohery dug in, stifled, thrashed and stroked the Tynedale attack to the tune of 219 runs for the second wicket until a superb catch by Peter diving forward at backword point removed Gohery at 251 in the 46th over. He had contributed 93 to the partnership.
Foster, unbeaten at 134, dared to believe after a valiant innings. Unfortunately for him only nine more runs were added before he was caught behind hitting out to give Renton his second wicket having contributed 139 out of a final total of 280 for 4. Percival took the other wicket, Clennel caught behind by Crichton.
Tynedale 309/3. Cant 149*, Crichton 71, Stephenson 55*. Lintz 280/4. Foster 139, Gohery 93. Renton 2/42.
Tynedale Seconds made it a double winning opening weekend when Lintz Seconds were overcome by 117 runs in Division Five South. Veteran, Paul Scandle, and Richard Brookes both hit fifties while Nathan Byerly added 46 out of a final total of 220 for 3.
It was then down to debutant, Ben Cuthbertson, to take 4 for 26 as Lintz slumped to 103 all out. Matty Scott (3 for 6) and Captain, Mark Clark (2 for 19), had a fruitful first weekend while George Cook took the other wicket.