Blyth’s bad run continues with another defeat

Kirkley batsman Craig Johnson has his off-stump removed during the match against Blyth. Picture by Ian Appleby
Kirkley batsman Craig Johnson has his off-stump removed during the match against Blyth. Picture by Ian Appleby
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Blyth suffered a heavy defeat at Kirkley on Saturday as their poor run of form continued.

Kirkley took first knock on what looked like a good wicket, however, Blyth’s bowlers made a great start taking three early wickets.

Andy Kemp had Michael Nicholson caught by Harwood for eight, David Ebdale bowled Howey without scoring then Kemp and Harwood combined to remove Asher for nine.

A Storey and J Ritchie combined to steady the ship and progressed the score along before the former had reached 15 when Harwood took his third catch, this time off Ebdale.

But C Rowe came in and produced the innings that took the game away from the Blyth.

Lawrence bowled Storey for 29 but C Johnson and Rowe put together a useful partnership.

Rowe reached his half century before losing Johnson, bowled by Dent for 19.

Dowse went for nine, trapped lbw by Lawrence, before Dent bowled Rowe for an excellent 73.

Dent now took his third wicket with a smart stumpping by Quinn to send Smith back for nine and then wrapped the innings up when he trapped Alexander without scoring as Kirkley totalled 198.

Blyth’s bowling figures were Kemp 2-36, Ebdale 2-53, Lawrence 2-23, Walker 0-27 and Dent 4 53.

Blyth openers Dent and Harwood both went lbw, for 12 and five respectively.

Ebdale came in at number three but was out for five.

This brought Alan Routledge to the crease playing his first game of the season.

Lawrence and Routledge showed what could be done as they put together a 50 partnership before Storey took the game away from Blyth with an excellent spell of bowling.

Routledge was first to go, trapped lbw for 22, Lawrence was bowled for 46, and Quinn soon followed when Storey caught and bowled him for one.

Kemp was next out, bowled by Smith for ten before the bowler sent two more back. Rowell and Smith both without scoring.

Young Cameron Walker nearly took Blyth to another batting point but Storey bowled him for ten as Blyth were all out for 124.

Kirkley’s bowling figures were P Howey 1-37, C Smith 3-39, W Asher 0-12, M Nicholson 0-5, Storey 6-27.

Blyth six points, Kirkley 29 points.

On Saturday Blyth are away to Warkworth with a 1pm start.