Blyth back in the basement battle for survival

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After an excellent win at Warkworth the previous weekend, Blyth had to make five changes to the side that entertained Corbridge on Saturday, when they suffered a 101-run defeat.

Corbridge batted first and openers Smurthwaite and Cox brought up the half-century partnership in the 13th over.

Blyth skipper Lawrence brought himself into the attack, and with his second ball he trapped Smurthwaite lbw for eight.

Ex-Blyth player Russ Perry was bowled first ball by Lawrence before he trapped Cox lbw for 42.

Corbridge continued to put runs on the board and they finished on 207-9.

Blyth’s bowling figures were: A Kemp 2-50, K Thompson 0-24, M Lawrence 4-46, C Walker 0-36 and K Hudspith 3-46.

Blyth’s response never really got going and they lost wickets at regular intervals.

Purma scored 13 and Hudspith for 25 as they were dismissed for 101.

Blyth five points

Corbridge 30 points

On Saturday Blyth travel to Backworth for a 1pm start.

Meanwhile the second team lost by four runs to Warkworth seconds.

Chasing a target of 171, Blyth finished on 167-6.

Blyth had two new players making their first starts, Mark Finney and his 11-year-old son George.

Pick of Blyth’s bowling was Carrighan with 4-22 and Alfie Clark 2-21. Others were shared with young George Finney getting his first league wicket.

In their replay, Carrighan scored 35 and Glass 50.

Warkworth 27 points

Blyth nine points

On Saturday Blyth seconds are at home to Kirkley seconds with a 1.30pm start.

On Wednesday night Blyth’s midweek team are away against Alnmouth and Lesbury in the RE Wood Shield semi-final.