Baston century secures Bates Cottages win over Blyth

Early success for Blyth as the Bates Cottages opener Martin Golightly is bowled. Picture by Ian Appleby
Early success for Blyth as the Bates Cottages opener Martin Golightly is bowled. Picture by Ian Appleby
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Blyth suffered another defeat at Plessey Road on Saturday as visitors Bates Cottages won by 107 runs.

Bates had first knock on what looked like a good wicket.

This proved to be the case as Bates rattled up the biggest score this season at the ground.

As usual, Kemp and Ebdale opened the bowling for the home side.

And it was Ebdale who made the early breakthrough when he bowled Doyle for a duck with a late in-swinger.

Golightly and Baston moved the score along before the former had reached 25 and Ebdale bowled him.

Walton came in to join Baston and this pair took the game by the scruff of the neck, with a superb partnership as they took the game away from Blyth with a century partnership.

Their batting took Bates past the 200 mark.

It was Cameron Walker that finally broke the stand as he bowled Walton for a splendid 67.

Then he had Baston caught by Harwood for 106.

Dent and Lawrence then proceeded to take wickets at regular intervals.

Symington went for 16, bowled by Dent, Robinson was trapped lbw by the same player for three, then Lawrence trapped Heathcote lbw for 28.

Dent then cleaned up the tail with three more wickets as Quinn stumped Mavin without scoring, Bailey was caught by Ebdale for three and Dennis was bowled for 18.

Craggs remained two not out as Bates finished on 280.

Blyth’s bowling figures were A Kemp 0-46, D Ebdale 2-62, M Lawrence 1-55, D Dent 5-69 and C Walker 2-35.

Blyth made a good start in what seemed a target way beyond them on previous batting performances.

Dent and Harwood put together their best stand of the season, with both Bates opening bowlers being put to the sword. However, everything changed when Davey Cragg came into the attack.

As Dent was nearing his half century, Golightly caught him for 45.

Quinn was moved up the order but he soon after he lost partner Harwood, Cragg bowled him for 34.

This brought skipper Lawrence to the crease, unfortunately he went caught and bowled by Symington for two.

Quinn and Routledge moved the score along with the latter being the prominent run scorer.

But when Routledge had reached 30 he became Craggs’ third wicket with Mavin taking the catch.

Blyth’s batting then collapsed.

O’Connor followed when Cragg trapped him lbw without scoring, Kemp was caught and bowled by Cragg for five, Debdale went for one when Baston bowled him, and Baston followed this up by sending Roberts back without scoring.

Rowell was caught by Doyle off Baston also without scoring and Symington finished off the innings when Robinson caught Walker without scoring as Blyth finished on 173.

Bates bowling figures were M Walton 0-32, G Dennis 0-33, D Cragg 5-56, R Symington 2-36 and P Baston 3-12. Blyth 8 points

Bates Cottages 30 points

On Saturday Blyth are away to Blue Flames with a 1pm start.