Blyth firsts denied by weather again as seconds lose, again

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Once again the weather put paid to Blyth first team’s home game against Clara Vale.

The heavy rain on Thursday made certain areas just off the square to dangerous to be used.

Meanwhile the second team suffered their third defeat of the season, although they showed a vast improvement against Clara Vale seconds.

Clare Vale batted first and owed most of their total of 191 all out to skipper Dave Barnaby’s 84.

Although he did have two lucky escapes early on, nearly playing on, then a missed sharp leg side catch by young keeper Ben Blackett, who is improving with every game, Barnaby and his fellow batsmen made good of the short boundary on one side.

Mulligan was a good support, adding 60 for the third wicket before departing for 33.

Saeed (16), Hilton (18) and Marley (16) were the other main scorers.

Clark took 3-41, Thompson 2-26 and young Brad Purvis 2-29.

Once again a slow start to their innings was Blyth’s downfall.

However, a good stand of 44 between Stewart and Carrigan pulled the innings together, but half the overs had been bowled.

Young Connor Leason blasted a quick 20 from 16 balls and Stewart scored a dogged 12.

Pick of the bowling was Steve Hilton, who took 4-21 from ten overs.

Clara Vale 29 points

Blyth 7 points

Next Saturday Blyth make the short trip to take on neighbours Ashington Rugby at 1pm. The second team are at home against Monkseaton seconds with a 1.30pm start.