Blyth rip through the leaders in emphatic style

BLYTH entertained league leaders Alnmouth and Lesbury on Saturday in their first league game for several weeks.

Blyth won the toss and inserted the visitors.

Andy Kemp and David Ebdale opened the bowling for Blyth with the former soon in the wickets when he cleaned bowled Pearson for a duck.

New batsman Robinson scored three before being caught by wicketkeeper Gary Quinn off Kemp.

Next in was Vickers, one of the league’s top run scorers.

However, he soon lost Straker when Ebdale bowled him for six, then J Denton scored four before Ebdale trapped him lbw.

Captain Mark Lawrence brought himself into the attack and soon caught and bowled Vickers for 17.

Clough came in but soon departed without scoring when he gave Dent a catch of Ebdale.

Oliver put up some resistance but became Lawrence’s second wicket when Roberts caught him for 13. Neil soon followed, run out for eight.

Lawrence polished off the tale with two more wickets, trapping Batey lbw for nought then N Denton suffered the same fate after scoring 11. A Hodgson remained six not out.

Blyth’s outstanding bowler on the day was Ebdale with figures of 3-9. Lawrence chipped in with 4-22 and Kemp 2-27.

The home side’s reply was not going to be easy and this soon proved the case when they lost three quick wickets.

Dave Dent went for four, Phil Kinnair soon followed lbw for three and Adam Purvis was next back in the shed bowled by N Denton for three.

Lawrence and Mark Nash hung around and soon got on top of the bowling. Lawrence in particular started finding the boundary with ease and Alnmouth were soon staring defeat in the face.

Lawrence raced past his 50 with sixes and fours while Nash played the anchor role. Lawrence finished 62 not out while Nash was 13 not out.

Blyth 30 points

Aln and Lesbury 1 point

STOBSWOOD 2nds 124
BLYTH 2nds 86

Blyth Seconds went down by 38 runs at Stobswood in only their third league game of the season.

Fielding a weakend side with players away and being called up to the first XI, the second team gave a good account of themselves.

Stobswood’s main run scorers were A Mollon with 29 and G Appleby 37.

Blyth bowling figures were K Thompson 2-16, N Roberts 1-15, D Clark 1-32, F Carrigan 1-16, A Gill 2-23 and B Purvis 2-12.

Blyth really did not put up much resistence with only Rowell with 11 and Clark with 19 in double figures.

Stobswood 30 points
Blyth 6 points

Next weekend Blyth firsts are away to Corbridge, while the seconds are at home to Ulgham. Both games start at 1pm.