Batting collapse costs both Blyth teams

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Blyth suffered a 81-run defeat against Blagdon Park at the weekend as they finally got sa game played after several postponements due to wet weather.

Blyth got off to a good start as Blagdon batted first as Kinnair trapped Foster lbw for five.

But then Gibson and Sander put on a 52-run partnership before Ebdale trapped Gibson lbw for 21.

Ebdale struck again in his next over when M Senior was caught behind by Quinn.

Ex-Blyth player Clough came in and moved the score on to 89 with Sander before Dent bowled Clough for 13.

Sander then departed for 38, caught by Kinnair off the bowling of Dent, who struck next ball to remove Concannon for lbw.

Collins went after a quick-fire 27 before Lawrence bowled Drainer for eight. However a 30-run ninth wicket stand saw Blagdon finish on 168-8.

Blyth’s wicket takers were Kinnair 1-16, D Ebdale 2-10, D Dent 3-30, and M Lawrence 2-41.

Dent and Purma, making his home debut for the club, opened the innings and put on 25 before the latter was caught for 11.

With the score on 56, both Dent (23) and Smith (20) departed. In the space of seven runs, Blyth lost six wickets.

Lawrence went caught for two, Quinn without scoring, Rowell was trapped lbw for one and Ebdale for one. From a very strong position Blyth were blown away.

Kemp did manage to hang around, however, with only three batsmen to come in. Silva went for one, Kemp fell for 19 and Kinnair was caught for four.

Blyth 4 points

Blagdon Park 28 points

Meanwhile Blyth second team were involved in a low scoring contest against Civil Service.

They put Civil Service into bat and could believe their luck with what followed. Thompson took six wickets for five runs and O’Connor three for 16 runs before Roberts took the final wicket as Civil Service were all out for only 40.

But from a bright start Blyth were sent packing by Rhoades, who took eight wickets for ten runs. P Roberts was the only batsman to reach double figures with 12 as Blyth were all out for a paltry 27.

Blyth 5 points

Civil Service 25 points