Blyth humbled by league leaders Bedlington

Blyth bowler David Dent takes a fine return catch low down to dismiss Bedlington's Chris Younger for 49. Picture by Ian Appleby
Blyth bowler David Dent takes a fine return catch low down to dismiss Bedlington's Chris Younger for 49. Picture by Ian Appleby
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Blyth were found wanting in their game at league leaders Bedlington on Saturday.

With Kemp and Singh missing, the bowling options were reduced.

Chris Younger and Kevin Harnett paved the way for the home side to rattle up a formidable 259-4.

David Ebdale and David Dent opened the bowling and both found the going tough as the batsmen found runs easy to come by and had put together a near century partnership when Dent made a breakthrough when he caught and bowled Younger for 49.

Ian Anderson came in to join Harnett, however, he soon departed when he was stumped by Gary Quinn off Dent for one.

Harnett reached his half century then went caught by Peter Roberts off Mark Lawrence.

Darren Leason came in to join Dan Younger and played a supportive roll.

Dan Younger was now in full stride and raced to 90 off 82 balls before Rory O’Connor bowled him.

Craig Robinson came in and with Leason pushed the score past the 250 mark with Leason remaining 11 not out and Robinson unbeaten on 31.

Blyth’s bowling figures were Ebdale 0-51, Dent 2-48, Lawrence 1-63, Walker 0-56 and O’Connor 1-28.

Dent and Chris Harwood put together a good opening stand in Blyth’s reply.

Both played themselves in and survived the early overs. However, Robinson made the breakthrough when Nicky Douglas caught Dent for 19.

Ebdale was next in and had scored eight when he was run out.

Nick Carr was introduced to the attack and he ripped the middle order out with and inspired bit of bowling, taking four wickets for eight runs, Harwood his first victim for 25.

Blyth’s innings eventually closed when the final wicket fell with the score on 74.

Bedlington bowling figures were Robinson 1-31, C Younger 0-29, Carr 4-8, D Younger 1-3, Nicky Douglas 1-2 and Paul Rutherford 1- 0.

Blyth have again been dragged into the battle at the bottom. However, this could change when they play Ashington Rugby next week when they need to take maximum points.

Bedlington 30 points

Blyth 2 points