Blyth beaten at Berwick by five wickets

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Blyth went down by five wickets at Berwick on Sunday while fellow relegation threatened side Kirkley also lost at home and gained one less point.

Batting first, Blyth opened with Rowell and Carr, and with the score on 12 Emery made the breakthrough when Hush caught Carr for six.

Blyth skipper Mark Lawrence hit his third ball for six, and they took the score on to 40 when the skipper was bowled for 17. Rowell was next out, bowled by Wales for 16.

Quinn was next in to join Glass. Emery came out of the attack and was replaced by Thompson. Glass and Quinn looked to build the innings only for the former to be dismissed lbw for 13.

Hudspith joined Quinn and the pair slowly moved the score past the first batting point before Quinn was caught by Thompson for 36. Four runs later Hudspith was out for 16.

Smith came in and added a valuable 22, while Roberts was out lbw for nine.

Kirkup was out for three before the innings was brought to a close when Walker was bowled for five. Ebdale remained unbeaten on eight as Blyth were all out for 187.

Emery was the pick of the Berwick bowlers with 4-41.

Berwick openers Middlemist and Wales brought up the 50 in the 11th over and passed 100 in the 23rd.

Walker finally made the breakthrough when Quinn stumped Middlemist for 60.

Lawrence finally sent Wales back when he had reached 60, trapping him lbw.

Despite being on the back foot, Walker removed Thompson, caught by Hudspith, for nine, then Ebdale struck twice, bowling Hush for 11, then next ball Emery.

But Hush (28 not out) and Davidson (one not out) saw Berwick home for the lose of five wickets.

Blyth’s wicket-takers were Ebdale 2-52, Lawrence 1-26 and Walker 2-48.

On Saturday Blyth travel to Chopwell to play Gems with a 1pm start.

Berwick 30 points

Blyth 6 points

Meanwhile Blyth seconds played Howick with just eight players due to dropouts and holidays. Blyth were all out for 68 with Gill top scorer with 18. Howick reached their target after 16 overs for the loss of three wickets.

The seconds entertain Gems at home with a 1.30pm start.