Blyth romp to a nine-wicket win

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BLYTH took full advantage of nearest rivals Kirkley’s game being called off to open up a 44-point lead in the table.

Skipper Mark Lawrence won the toss and put the visitors in.

On a slow wicket, runs were at a premium with both openers Hymers and Parkinson struggling against accurate bowling.

Kevin Thompson made the breakthrough as Parkinson was caught by keeper Gary Quinn for six.

In his next over, Hymers should have also gone but David Dent just failed to hold on to a sharp chance at second slip.

Kemp got in on the act when Quinn caught Piper for 14, and Kemp’s next ball trapped new batsman Hawke lbw.

Surj Singh replaced Thompson and with his first ball he bowled Hymers for a dogged 17. Kemp claimed his third wicket when he bowled Stephenson for four.

Pearson and Harris took the fight to the Blyth bowlers. Both played shots as they doubled their team’s score before Singh trapped Pearson lbw for 16.

Lawrence replaced Kemp and in his second over he trapped Scragg lbw without scoring.

Singh then beat Harris in the flight and Quinn stumped him for a top score of 21.

Latimer came in and tried to play shots, but played and missed on most occasions.

Sample was next to depart when trapped lbw by Singh for one. And skipper Lawrence cleaned up when May was caught by Rowell.

Blyth’s bowling figures were Kemp 3-29, Thompson 1-29, Singh 3-28 and Lawrence 2-11.

Blyth opened up with Dent and Kemp. As the latter went after the bowling attack, Dent could not buy a run.

The pair had put on 34 when Sample bowled Kemp for 29.

Skipper Lawrence came in to join Dent and this pair put together a 70-run partnership to secure victory.

Dent finally scored his first run in the ninth over.

Lawrence was severe on anything short and raced to 41 not out. Dent ended 22 not out.

Blyth 30 points Whitley Bay 1 point

BEDLINGTON 2nds 102-9

BLYTH 2nds 103-2

GARY Cotterill scored a superb half century to give Blyth seconds victory at Bedlington.

Bedlington batting first and lost two early wickets, then only three batsmen reached double figures – Finch 15, Gibson 19 and Bell 20.

Bowling figures for Blyth were Cotterill 3-27, B Purvis 1-23, C Walker 3-13, J Stewart 1-24 and I Mohammed 0-12.

Cotterill and Kirkup put on a 71-run stand to see Blyth past the winning post on 103-2.

Kirkup ended 21 not out while Cotterill was 55 not out.

Bedlington 3 points Blyth 29 points

On Saturday Blyth are at home to Stobswood at 1pm while the seconds have no game.