Blyth’s Surjit Singh extinguishes the Flames

Surj Singh claimed 7-47 for Blyth CC in their three-wicket win at home against Blue Flames. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
Surj Singh claimed 7-47 for Blyth CC in their three-wicket win at home against Blue Flames. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
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Surjit Singh took seven wickets as Blyth saw off Blue Flames on Saturday.

Blue Flames had opener Dave Marshall to thank for holding their innings together before he was out in the last over for 87 as the visitors totalled 177.

Kemp opened the bowling for the home side and made an early breakthrough when trapping Khan lbw for 12.

Blyth Skipper Lawrence made an early change and brought spinner Singh on to replace Smith.

Singh soon started to put a spell on the Flames batting. Wilson was his first victim, bowled for four.

J Marshall was soon back in the pavilion, caught by Quinn off Singh for four, then A Khan perished in the same fashion without scoring.

Ishaque joined Marshall and the pair put together the best stand of the Flames innings before the former was Singh’s fourth victim.

Ali (0) went caught by Kemp off Singh before Awan was stumped by Quinn for 12.

Faisal (0) was Singh’s final wicket as he completed his allotted overs.

Lawrence finally brought an end to Marshall’s innings when he trapped him lbw. Silva completed the innings when he had Purvis caught by Clark for four.

Blyth bowling figures were A Kemp 1-25, C Smith 0-35, S Singh 7-47, M Lawrence 1-48 and R S Silva 1-4.

The home side’s reply saw Chan Purma,caught by Iqbal off Ali without scoring.

Ali struck again when D Marshall caught Smith (4) before Clark and Carr slowly moved the score along.

Faisal came into the attack and made the breakthrough when he caught and bowled Carr for 26.

Clark followed in his next over when he was trapped lbw for 14.

Faisal struck again when Marshall caught Quinn for three and it looked like a middle order collapse was on the cards.

But Walker came in to join Lawrence and the pair moved the score along.

Faisal finally had Walker caught for eight then Ali was brought back into the attack and in his second over he got the prize wicket of Lawrence when he was caught for 42.

Kemp came in to join Young and the pair took Blyth past the winning line with a 37-run partnership as Young finished 33 not out and Kemp unbeaten on 13.

Blue Flames bowling figures were A Ali 3-49, D Purvis 0-28, A Faisal 4-53, M Iqbal 0-13, A Khan 0-17 and S Awan 0-5.

Blyth 29 points

Blue Flames 7 points

Blyth’s cup semi-final against Berwick last Tuesday was called off after the team had travelled north. The game will be rescheduled.

On Saturday Blyth are at home to Gems and Chopwell at 1pm.