Blyth stutter in title push

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BLYTH Cricket Club suffered a setback to their title hopes as Stobswood won by 57 runs at Plessey Road on Saturday.

A much-changed home side won the toss and put the visitors in.

Allen opened the bowling from the Rugby end and with his fifth ball he took the wicket of Patterson – Gary Cotterill at mid-off taking a superb one-handed catch.

Blyth skipper Lawrence brought himself on to replace Allen and he trapped Marshall lbw for 12.

This brought skipper S Townsley to the crease and he made his intensioins clear.

However, he tried hitting Thompson over mid-off and Cotterill managed to get his left hand to the ball, knocking it in the air before catching the rebound.

Winfield came in to join Watson and the pair pushed the score along.

The Stobswood pairing had put on more than 80 when Winfield, on 34, miss hit a shot from Singh and Peter Roberts held on.

Singh then dismissed Watson lbw for 55.

Cotterill came on to replace Lawrence and he was next to take a wicket.

Gary Quinn’s smart piece of stumping saw Appleby out for a quick 16.

D Townsley soon followed when cutting Cotterill straight to Barrakat at point for nine.

Barrakat took the final wicket, bowling Black.

Blyth’s bowling figures were A Allen 1-24, K Thompson 1-19, M Lawrence 1-31, S Singh 2-34, G Cotterill 2-28 and W Barrakat 1-14.

Blyth’s reply began with Quinn and Roberts scoring at four an over.

It was Patterson who got the breakthrough when he bowled Roberts for 13.

Skipper Lawrence came in but he soon lost Quinn.

Cotterill and Rowell came and went without scoring.

Singh joined the skipper but Patterson struck again when keeper Colam caught Lawrence for 20.

Barrakat was next to depart and was bowled for two.

Kirkup and Singh added a few valuable runs before the latter perished when he was caught behind for a fine 31.

Kirkup soon followed when I Watson had him caught at slip for 12.

Gill was next out for four and Thompson was caught by D Watson also for four.

Blyth 5 points

Stobswood 28 points

As luck would have it, other results went Blyth’s way with both their nearest rivals losing.

This weekend Blyth are away to Ulgham with a 1pm start while the seconds are at home to Blagdon Park with a 1.30pm start.