Blyth back in relegation trouble after defeat to Backworth

Blyth find themselves in the drop zone after another defeat, this time against Backworth.

Batting first after being put in, Blyth opened with Clark and Rowell, and with only five runs on the board, Minto made an early breakthrough when he trapped Clark lbw for two.

Carr joined Rowell and the pair added 11 before Liddle struck twice in four balls – Rowell was caught by Finchen for six and new batsmen Quinn was caught by Duncan without scoring.

Glass was next in making his first team debut after some good knocks in the seconds, but he became Liddle’s third wicket when Sutton caught him for two.

Morgan removed Purma without scoring before Carr and Roberts put on 12 only for the latter to be dismissed for four.

Skipper Lawrence was next in, playing with a broken finger, and with Carr they added 16, of which he scored 13. However, he perished when Robson caught him off Finchen.

Smith went for two and Carr’s innings was concluded on 17.

Last pair Kirkup and Walker pushed the score to 80 when Robson caught Kirkup off Liddle for seven. Walker remained four not out. Extras were top score with 23.

Backworth had 30 on the board after only six overs before skipper Lawrence brought himself on with Walker.

The openers brought up the 50 stand in the 14th over. Lawrence finally made a breakthrough when he caught and bowled Duncan for 26.

He struck again in his next over sending fellow opener Sutton back, trapping him lbw for 34.

Australian Pisani was his third victim, also lbw for two, but Backworth skipper Robson and Minto saw the home side home to victory.

Blyth’s bowling figures were Purma 0-16, Roberts 0-14, Lawrence 3-18 and Walker 0-31.

Backworth 30 points

Blyth 1 point

Meanwhile Blyth’s second team lost out to Kirkley seconds, who scored 213-5 in their allotted overs while Blyth finished on 157-8.

Rachael Gillott was in excellent form with the bat for Kirkley as she scored 61. Blyth’s wicket takers were Gill (2), A Clark (1), H Clark (1) and Carrighan (1).

Blyth’s total was down mainly to two players. Kevin Hudspith who was carrying an injury, with 67 including nine fours and a six, and skipper Andy Douglas with 30. Kevin Thompson chipped in with 17 not out at the end. Pick of the Kirkley bowlers were Turnbull with 3-32 and Ash 3-36.

Blyth 6 points

Kirkley 29 points

On Saturday Blyth firsts are at home to Kirkley firsts at 1pm, while the seconds are away on Sunday against Monkseaton thirds at Churchill playing fields at 1.30pm.

This Wednesday night Blyth midweek XI will play Warkworth in the final of the RE Wood Shield at Morpeth’s Longhirst Hall ground, starting at 6pm.