Blyth hit league top spot with empahtic win

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FOR once the sun was out over Plessey Road as Blyth raced to victory.

On losing the toss, Blyth batted first with Dent and Banakat opening the innings.

After a steady start Banakat was caught for seven.

Skipper Lawrence came in but soon lost Dent lbw to Foster for 12.

Sutherland joined his skipper and the pair slowly and surely got the better of the bowling.

The pair passed the 50 partnership in the 15th over before G Sutherland reached 50 with a four off Nicholson.

Walton ended the 99-run partnership when Lawrence got a top edge to a cut shot and Farrelly held on to the catch. He had scored 39.

Kemp came in but was out after hitting a quick 15.

Quinn joined Sutherland, but the latter fell on 66, caught and bowled by Foster.

This brought A Sutherland to the wicket for his first game of the season. He showed his intent with a six over mid-on before he was run out for 11.

Blacket came and went. Gill joined Quinn with 15 overs still to go with the object of seeing the overs out and scoring full batting points.

However, they were both removed, and this left Thompson and Allen at the wicket. This pair added valuable runs and also saw out the overs. Thompson remained 22 not out and Allen six not out.

Kemp and Thompson opened the bowling for the home side and both took early wickets.

Gill held onto a low catch in the slips off Thompson, leaving Kirkley 21-4 after eight overs.

Nicholson came in and started to find the runs.

After hitting a six off Sutherland then one off Dent.

Nicholson went for one shot too many and Allen, running round, held on to the catch and he was out for 46.

Douse was next to depart, thanks to a fantastic catch by G Sutherland off Lawrence.

Dent got back in the wickets when G Walton gave a return catch, without scoring.

Quinn made a superb leg side stumping to get rid of Foster off Lawrence without scorin, and Dent bowled Robertson for two.

Ian Smith and Thompson tried to gain another batting point before Allen trapped Smith lbw for 21.

Blyth bowling figures: A Kemp 2-29, K Thompson 2-20, M Lawrence 2-4, A Sutherland 0-24, D Dent 3-33 and A Allen 1-6.

Blyth 30 points

Kirkley 5 points

Blyth’s seconds game away at Bomarsund was called off at 8.30am.

This weekend Blyth first XI are away to Stobswood with a 1pm start. The seconds are at home to Clara Vale with a 1.30pm start.

On Tuesday, July 5, Blyth are at home to Bedlington in the Thomas Wilson Memorial Cup semi-final, 6pm start.