Blyth lose last game of cricket season to Tillside

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Blyth ended their season at Tillside with a side made up of second team players and with only ten in total.

Tillside batting first opened with the L Hindmarsh and R Hindmarsh, with Dent and Smith taking the ball for Blyth.

The openers scored at over four an over with quickly taken singles and some fine shots.

It was not until the last ball of the eighth over that Smith made the breakthrough. Roberts fielding at silly mid-off took a blinding one-handed catch to send R Hindmarsh back for eight.

Whitty came but Smith bowled him second ball.

Turnbull joined Hindmarsh and Dent was replaced by Walker with Gill taking over from Smith, and he made the breakthrough with his first ball, bowling Turnbull for 16.

Bagness was next in as Hindmarsh passed 50 with a four off Gill, the knock coming from 71 balls in 81 minutes.

But soon after he run out for 56.

Bagness ran himself out for ten as McGregor joined Atkinson at the wicket.

Gill soon sent Atkinson back when he trapped him lbw for five.

It looked like the home side were going for a record of run outs as new batsman Sim called for a silly run and McGregor was run out for 29.

Then Sim ran himself out for two.

Walker came out of the attack with Roberts replacing him and Dent came back.

A Hindmarsh and Dickson put together a 59-run partnership for the ninth wicket.

This was brought to an end when Roberts bowled Dickson for 44 and Dent finsihed the innings off when A Hindmarsh was caught by Colin Blackett for eight as the home side totalled 204.

Blyth’s bowling figures were D Dent 1-33, C Smith 2-32, C Walker 0-51, A Gill 2-39 and P Roberts 1-28.

Blyth was certainly going to struggle to reach their target with so many front line batsmen missing.

Dent and Rowell opened, however, Rowell went for two.

Walker was next in and 14 runs were added before he was bowled by Sim without scoring.

M Stewart was next in, and with Dent in full flow the runs mounted up.

The pair had put on 30 when Stewart played across a straight ball from Whitty and was bowled for 13.

Gill was next in and Dent brought up his 50 with a cover drive for four, Dent’s 50 came from 48 balls in 54 minutes and included nine boundaries.

However, Dent fell to Dickson when he chased a wide delivery and was caught at point by McGregor for 54.

That was Dent’s first half century of the season.

Young Leason was next in but Dickson came round the wicket and bowled him without scoring.

Gill fell in the next over for six when he cut a ball off Whitty and was somehow caught by Bagness with his back turned.

Young Ben Blacket, playing his first senior game, was next out when he was caught by L Hindmarsh off Atkinson for two, then Smith and Roberts then put together a 31-run partnership for the ninth wicket.

Smith was stumped by R Hindmarsh off Bagness for 17 before Blackett was trapped lbw by Atkinson for one.

Roberts remained 23 not out as Blyth were all out for 129.

Tillside bowling figures were D Sim 2-28, A Rutherford 0-22, L Dickson 2-27, MN Whitty 2-10, L Atkinson 2-12, A Hindmarsh 0-12, G Turnbull 0-9 and J Bagness 1-6.

Blyth put up a brave performance with those who made themselves available for the last game.

Blyth finshed sixth in the premier division.

Tillside 30 points; Blyth 7 points.