Blyth well beaten

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A CHANGED Blyth were no match for Ulgham.

The home side took first knock and openers Tait and Plummer scored freely.

The pair scored at more than five an over for the first ten before skipper Mark Lawrence managed to stem the run rate.

Young Cameron Walker, in the side in place of the unavailable Singh, made the breakthrough when he had Plummer caught by Andy Rowell for 49.

Tait was next when Lawrence trapped him lbw for 30.

Walker took the next wicket . Campbell mistimed a drive and was caught by Graeme Sutherland for 29.

Mark Stewart’s direct hit from mid-off ran out Hall.

Thompson got the wicket off Hornsey as Sutherland took the catch. Then big hitting Moore joined Haygarth, who tried a lofted drive off Thompson and was caught on the boundary by Andy Clarke for 39.

Soon after play was suspended for a second time to rain.

Moore continued his fine form from the week before with some big hitting.

Arthur Gill came in for some punishment from Moore, however, he removed his leg stump as Ulgham finished on 228-7.

Bowling figures for Blyth were Thompson 2-55, Sutherland 0-24, Lawrence 1-34, Walker 2-39 and Gill 1-60.

Clarke and James Stewart opened the innings for Blyth.

But they were two wickets down when Clarke edged to keeper Hynd for five and Stewart soon followed for six.

Lawrence soon found his form after a shaky start but was stopped in his tracks when more rain came.

After a delay another wicket fell when Gary Quinn was caught at short leg by Haygarth off Campbell for one.

Sutherland joined Lawrence, and looked good on his first start of the season. However, he fell lbw to Moore for eight.

Young Ryan Kirkup came in to join Lawrence and the pair stayed together for a while, Lawrence finding the boundary with some big hitting.

He passed his 50 with a single, but he needed to kick on to a big score. However, he went for another big shot and was caught at mid-wicket by Scholes off Haygarth for 53.

Rowell joined Kirkup but the latter fell lbw to Haygarth for a dogged 14.

Gill joined Rowell but then Rowell soon perished when Plummer held onto a catch at deep mid-on without scoring.

Mark Stewart and Thompson came and went to leave Walker with Gill, and the youngster played with maturity.

The pair played out the last ten overs, gaining Blyth another batting point. Gill remained 27 not out and Walker unbeaten on seven.

Ulgham 29 points

Blyth 6 points

BLYTH seconds were once again well below par, with players, being moved up to the first team late morning skipper Cotterill was back down to the bear bones for the second week running.

Blyth batted first and apart from a 50-run partnership between C Blackett and Gary Cotterill, they found runs hard to come by.

Blackett scored 39, Cotterill 26, Fran Carrighan 23 and Nick Roberts 16.

Bowling figures for Bedlington were C Campbell 2-15, R Jones 0-15, J Laverick 0-20, P Finch 2-30, W Hemstead 2-31 and L Hutchinson 1-19.

Martin Leason and Blyth old boy Ian Anderson got Bedlington off to a flying start.

The pair added 56 before Anderson gave a return catch to Cotterill for 31.

Then another 50 partnership between Leason and Finch pushed the visitors nearer their target.

However, with Carrighan brought into the attack, he struck when Mohammed held on to a catch to dismiss Finch for 33.

Carrighan struck again three balls later when he caught and bowled Canavan for a duck.

But Gibson came in and he and Leason saw Bedlington to victory.

Leason remained 59 not and Gibson 19 not out.

Blyth bowling figures Cotterill 1-43, N Roberts 0-22, I Mohammed 0-45, Carrighan 2-27.

Blyth 5 points Bedlington 27 points