TYNEDALE have won the U15 Northumberland County Cup for the second successive year.

They defeated Newcastle in a nail-biting final against Newcastle, and will now progress to the regional stage of the national county competition, against Scottish cricket club Charlton.

Tynedale lost the toss and were asked to bat first against Newcastle, in a match which took place in glorious weather conditions at Jesmond.

A stand of 45 between skipper Ed Foreman (30) and Jake Robson (33), followed by some late aggressive hitting from Archie Fletcher (15) and Ben Carter (14*), helped Tynedale to a score of 115-5.

It was a slightly below par score given the conditions and an earlier position of 67-2.

A mix-up involving both of Newcastle’s openers led to a run out, courtesy of Zak Old, from only the second ball of the game.

The chase was a tense one for players and spectators alike. With two overs to go, Newcastle needed 28 runs, and Tynedale needed four wickets.

A confident 19th over from Fletcher saw Newcastle only score five runs, meaning 23 was required from the 20th.

Foreman took on the responsibility of bowling the final over. With ball 119 of 120, he claimed the seventh Newcastle wicket. A single was scored off the final ball, and Tynedale won by eight runs.

Tynedale will now play Charlton at Prior’s Flat on Sunday, July 21.

They will be looking to go one better than last season, when they lost to Cumbrian champions Netherfield at the regional stage of the competition.