Blyth two runs short

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BLYTH fell just two runs short of their first victory of the season as Warkworth edged the contest at Plessey Road.

Warkworth’s Keith Puddephat and William Pringle opened their innings against Andy Kemp and David Ebdale.

And it was Ebdale who struck first when he bowled Pringle for nought.

Daniel Younger was next in and he and Puddephat moved the score along until Blyth skipper Mark Lawrence came on and was soon in the wickets when Kemp caught Puddephat for 18.

Chris Younger joined his brother at the crease and the pair pushed the score along before Chris fell to a catch by Gary Cotterill off the bowling of Mark Nash for 20.

Ebdale came back into the attack and was back in the wickets again when Blyth keeper Gary Quinn stumped Stephen Dargue for ten.

Adam Hall was Ebdale’s next victim when Lawrence took the catch as he went for ten.

Martin Clarke soon followed, run out for two.

Meanwhile Daniel Younger was cruising before falling to Ebdale for 91, Nash taking the catch.

Lawrence was next to take a wicket when Nash caught Steven Lee for six before Adam Spoors was bowled by Lawrence for one and George Puddephat was last out, bowled by Lawrence without scoring.

Bowling figures for Blyth were Kemp 0-26, Ebdale 4-33, Lawrence 4-49, Nash 1-51 and Singh 0-15.

With normal opener Dent missing, Phil Kinnair was partnered by Cotterill.

However, Kinnair was soon back in the pavilion when he fell lbw to Clark for nought.

Adam Puvis was next in before he was caught by Dargue off Clark for nine.

Nash and Cotterill pushed the score along before Cotterill was bowled by Lee for 32.

Skipper Lawrence came in to join Nash and the runs were coming at a quick rate and victory was in sight.

However, both departed with Nash being trapped lbw to Clark for 41.

Lawrence was then bowled by Chris Younger for 34.

But with victory in sight, Blyth contrived to through it away.

Quinn was lbw to Daniel Younger for four; Kemp was caught and bowled by Chris Younger for one; Singh was bowled by Clark for one and Ebdale was bowled by Daniel Younger for 15.

This left Andy Rowell and Peter Roberts to try to steer Blyth over the finishing line.

However, they came up short when Keith Puddephat caught Roberts off the bowling of Chris Younger for nine, leaving Rowell unbeaten on eight.

Bowling figures for Warkworth were M Clark 4-38, D Younger 2-67, A Hall 0-23, S Lee 1-9, G Puddephat 0-26 and C Younger 3-15.

Warkworth 29 points

Blyth 9 points

On Saturday Blyth’s first XI travel to Stocksfield for a 1pm start.

n In midweek Blyth reached the next round of the Thomas Wilson Cup with a win over New Hartley.

Blyth bowled Hartley out for 67 with Dave Ebdale taking 4-9.

Blyth only took six overs to pass the winning post with skipper Lawrence smashing 57 not out.

They now play Blue Flames at home in the next round.

Blyth’s second XI also won a cup match in midweek, away to Kirkley.

Blyth batted first and scored 116-5 with Arthur Gill top scoring with 28.

In addition, scoring runs were A Rowell 24, F Carrigan 14 and P Roberts 22 not out.

Kirkley started well, however, once Carrigan sent both openers back by the sixth over with 30 on the board they struggled.

Gill ripped through the middle order as the run rate went up to 20 an over.

In the end Blyth won by 29 runs.

Pick of the Blyth bowling was Gill 4-19.

On Saturday Blyth are away to Bates Cottages in the next round.