Blyth race to win over Stobswood in 21 overs

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BLYTH earned a comprehensive win over Stobswoood on Saturday.

Ian Watson and Richard Watson opened the innings for the home side.

They moved the score to 64 before Surj Singh bowled Richard Watson for 25.

In Singh’s next over, Kirkup took a superb one-handed catch to dismiss Ian Watson for 23.

Mark Lawrence was next to take a wicket when he had Dale Townsley caught by keeper Gary Quinn for three.

Singh was back in the wickets again when he trapped Wingfield lbw, then in his next over he had Richard Marshall caught at forward short leg by Arthur Gill without scoring.

Patterson was the next wicket to fall when Lawrence trapped him lbw for ten.

Michael Beverley came in to join Stefan Townsley, but the latter went to hit Singh over mid-off but ended up finding Thompson.

Anthony Allen came back on to replace Lawrence and got his first wicket when Colam cut the ball straight to Andrew Sutherland at point.

Beverley and Black moved the score past the home side’s second batting point before Allen then trapped Beverley lbw.

In Allen’s next over Black lifted him over square leg for a six. However, Gill ended the innings when he bowled Black for 21.

Blyth’s bowling figures were Allen 2-43, K Thompson 0-19, Singh 5-29, M Lawrence 2-15 and A Gill 1-18.

Blyth reply started with stand-in openers Graeme Sutherland and Singh, with the latter getting off the mark with a four to square leg.

Richard Watson got an early breakthrough when Beverley held on to a simple catch at slips to remove Singh for four.

Lawrence went in and could have been out first ball but the ball just went over the fielder’s hand.

Sutherland had moved on to six when Daniel Watson bowled him.

Quinn and Lawrence set about the bowling, scoring at eight an over with some good shots.

Stobswood’s bowlers found both batsmen still trying to hit the cover off the ball, but also playing and missing.

The 50 partnership came up in the 14th over. Then Lawrence reached his 50 from 35 balls with lofted drive over cover.

The hundred partnership came up in the 20th over, with the winning run coming from a wide in the next over, with Lawrence unbeaten on 74 and Quinn 42 not out.

Stobswood 3 points

Blyth 30 points

Clara Vale Seconds ..... 120

Blyth Seconds ..... 121-7

BLYTH Seconds pulled off an amazing comeback at Plessey Road after finding themselves in serious trouble at 5-5, chasing 121 to win.

Earlier skipper Cotterill took a wicket with the last ball of his first over, before finishing wit figures of 3-16 while Bradley Purvis took 2-9; D Clake 1-28, A Rowell 1-24, F Cartrighan 2-27 and M Stewart 1-7 as Clara Vale were bowled out for 120.

Blyth’s reply was nothing more than disastrous.

With J Lee opening the bowling for Clara, he had a double wicket maiden in his first over. He then had another wicket in his third over. Steve Hilton chipped in with two in two overs.

Carrighan and Rowell then put a stand together. However, their stand came to an end Carrighan went for 15.

New boy Declan Clark joined Rowell, putting together a 75-run partnership with Rowell being the main run scorer.

Clark went for nine. P Cotterill joined Rowell and it was left to Rowell, who had passed his 50, to score the winning run off a close call single.

Rowell ended up 55 not out and Cotterill 9 not out.

Clara Vale 6 points, Blyth 28 points.

Next Saturday Blyth First XI are away again at Kirkley with a 1pm start. The Seconds are at home to Corbridge with a 1.30pm start.