Blyth spin twins take nine wickets in defeat

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Blyth went down to their first defeat of the season at home to Berwick on Saturday.

A much-changed Blyth side was just not good enough to continue the winning start to the season.

Berwick batting first opened with Elliott and Bird with Kemp opened the bowling for Blyth from the Rugby end with a maiden. Dent took the ball from the Plessey Road end.

The batsmen scored freely with Elliott the more aggressive with three boundaries in Kemp’s senond over.

However, with the score on 29, Quinn stumped Bird off Dent, but that was the only success the opening bowlers enjoyed with Wales and Elliott building a useful stand.

Skipper Lawrence brought himself on to replace Kemp and it was an inspired change with the score on 62 he trapped Wales lbw for 19.

Middlemist joined Elliott and Dent was replaced by Singh.

Elliott took a liking to his bowling and hit three fours from the first four balls.

But once again skipper Lawrence worked his magic when he trapped Middlemist lbw for four.

Singh then caught and bowled Mark for five and at last, with the score on 103, Lawrence claimed the wicket of Elliott when he was bowled for 53.

Elliott’s 50 came from 62 balls with ten fours and one six.

Blyth now had the upper hand and three runs latter Singh bowled Woodcock for two.

Lawrence then bowled Patterson for five, but a 24-run stand between Emery and Hush slowed down Blyth’s efforts.

It was Lawrence yet again who trapped Hush lbw for eight, Singh then took a return catch to dismiss Emery for 19.

Lawrence finished the innings off when Soni went for five.

Blyth’s bowling figures were A Kemp 0-26, D Dent 1-33, M Lawrence 6-24 and S Singh 3-45.

Blyth’s reply could not have got off to a worst start. Wales struck in his first over when Roberts went lbw without scoring.

Elliott then in his first over had Dent caught by Woodcock for one.

And Lawrence was back in the pavilion three balls later when he was bowled without scoring.

Blyth 6-3 in the second over.

Adam Purvis and Gary Cotterill then took the fight to the bowlers and added 57 runs for the fourth wicket.

However, Elliott trapped Cotterill for 37 after he hit five fours and two sixes.

Soni then trapped Purvis three runs later for 22, which included five fours.

Elliott then took two more quick wickets when he trapped Rowell without scoring and Kemp, bowled also without scoring.

Quinn then followed caught by Thompson off Soni for four before Smith and Singh pushed the score past the 100 mark.

But Smith unfortunately hit his own wicket for 13 and last man Carrigan who was run out without scoring. Singh remained 12 not out.

Berwick’s bowling figures were S Wales 2-49 M Elliott 5-30, B Soni 2-14 and S Emery 0-4.

Blyth six points, Berwick 27.