An inspired bowling performance from David Ebdale skittled out Ashington.
Blyth won the toss and inserted the home side. Blyth’s opening bowlers of Kemp and Ebdale ripped through the home side’s top order, or rather Ebdale did.
The opening bats for the home side fell to Ebdale. Adamson was stumped by Quinn for five. Then Ebdale trapped Hardy lbw for six. He did the same to Milburn, trapping him lbw without scoring, and then bowled M Tanney for three.
Lawrence caught Clark for two to give Ebdale his fifth wicket. Andy Kemp stopped his run by having Cory Milburn caught by Clark for five.
Ebdale took his sixth when he bowled L Tanney for six. Singh got in on the act with two quick wickets. He bowled B Tanney for three. Dent then took the wicket of Jobson who was caught by O’Connor for six. Singh then finished off the innings by bowling ex-Blyth player Chris Scott for a duck.
S Maddison top scored with the bat as he remained 10 not out. Top score was extras of 26.
Blyth’s bowling: A Kemp one for 21, D Ebdale six for 17, R O’Connor 0 for 15, S Singh two for four and D Dent one for two.
With Chris Harwood opening the batting for Blyth against his old club with Dent, the signs looked good for a comfortable win. However, young Cory Milburn had other ideas. Dent had hit two splendid fours to take his score to eight. But he became Milburn’s first victom when he was bowled for that score.
Milburn sent Harwood back to the pavillion, bowled for five. A Clark came in to steady the ship with skipper Lawrence. But Lawrence was soon out, bowled by Milburn for six. Cotteril and Clark saw Blyth home. Clark remained 22 not out and Cotterill five not out.
Ashington’s bowling: C Milburn three for 26, L Tanney 0 for 41 and S Maddison 0 for four.
Ashington RCC 1 pt, Blyth 30 pts.
Blyth II 151 for 9
Hebburn II 98 for 9
Blyth were asked to bat first on a dampish wicket but they were soon in trouble.
They were half their wickets down by the 15th over for just 54. However, the middle order held fim and a 50-run partnership between Carrigan and young Cameron Walker proved crucial. Carrigan departed for an excellent 38.
Walker was out just five runs short of his half century. He went for another big shotbut was caught for 45.
This left skipper Blackett and Thompson at the wicket. They added valuable runs in the final two overs to push Blyth towards maximum batting points. But they failed to reach that target.
Thompson remained 15 not out. Rowell, at the top of the order, scored 22. Top bowling figures for Hebburn saw Lawson take three for 20 from 10 overs. Taylor also took three for 49 from 10 overs.
Hebburn were soon in trouble when they were reduced to three for nine in the tenth over. Two more wickets fell for the addition of 13 runs.
Lawson was the only one who took the attack to the Blyth bowlers. However he fell, bowled for 42. Their tail just added 10 more runs in the final seven overs.
Blyth’s bowlers did a fine job and were backed up by some excellent fielding.
Blyth 28 pts, Hebburn 5 pts.