Blyth win the battle of the basement sides

In a game between the bottom two it was Blyth who came out on top with a six wickets win

Berwick bated first and opened with Scott Middlemist and Permachandra, with Kemp and Ebdale taking the ball for Blyth.

It was Kemp who broke through in the third over when keeper Quinn caught Permachandra for eight.

But Middlemist and Keenan took full of anything off line, however, with the score on 37 Kemp struck again in the ninth over, trapping Keenan lbw for 21 from 26 balls.

With the score on 50, Quinn stumped Middlemist for nine to give Kemp his third wicket. Credit went to the Middlemist as he walked.

Murray was joined by Wales and this pair began to repair the damage. Ebdale came off after bowling nine overs and was replaced by Lawrence, an inspired decision by the skipper.

Kemp also came off after ten overs with figures of 3-19. Young Cameron Walker replaced him.

Murray and Wales seemed set with the partnership building all the time, and their 50 partnership came up in the 28th over with Murray hitting a six off Lawrence.

The partnership had reached 74 when Lawrence bowled Wales for a dogged 15.

Five runs later, Lawrence got the prize wicket of Murray when keeper Quinn caught him for an excellent 54 with six fours and two sixes from 80 balls.

Lawrence then piled the pressure on and in his next over with one run added he struck twice. Firstly he bowled McCreath for one and next ball sent Hush back for a golden duck, bowling him.

Lawrence had taken four for 21 from nine overs.

Kemp came back on to replace Walker but came in for a bit of stick from Patterson and J Woodcock. However, after conceding 15 runs from 11 balls he bowled Patterson for 20. He and Woodcock had put on 30 for the eighth wicket.

Lawrence then took the final two wickets. Woddcock was caught by Clark for 11 and last man Bird was trapped lbw for one

Blyth bowling figures were A Kemp 4-34, D Ebdale 0-36, M Lawrence 6-35 and C Walker 0-36.

Blyth’s reply began with P Roberts and C Purma.

Wales opened the bowling for the home side with Middlemist at the other end.

Middlemist made early inroads, in his second over Roberts was caught by Premachandra for four.

Blyth lost their second wicket in the fouth over when Purma was caught by J Woodcock for eight.

Blyth were 17-2 off six overs and it looked like the normal story, frail batting letting the side down.

However, Smith and Clark held firm and slowly built a partnership over 18 overs which steered Blyth towards their target.

Wales in particular was being hit all around the ground and was taken out of the attack after his seventh over. Premachandra came on to replace him.

Smith and Clark brought up their 50y partnership in the 18th over.

Middlemist took himself off after his ninth over went for ten, J Woodcock came on in his place.

Smith welcomed him into the attack by smashing him for two fours from the first two balls.

Smith reached his 50 with a huge six off Premachandra, taking 57 balls in 67 minutes.

However, Woodcock made the breakthrough in his third over. Clark went for another big shot and was caught by Hush for 30.

This pair had added 89 runs for the third wicket and put Blyth into a strong position.

Kirkup came in and went first ball, bowled by Premachandra.

Skipper Lawrence came to the wicket to join Smith. This pair had put on 33 when Premachandra had Smith caught by Murray for 74.

An excellent innings from the number three, he hit nine fours and four sixes.

Carr was next in and he and Lawrence added 12 more before Carr went for seven, caught by Bird off the returning Wales.

Kemp and Lawrence saw Blyth home to an excellent win.

Berwick bowling figures were S Wales 1-57, S Middlemist 2-33, N Premachandra 2-36, J Woodcock 1-21 and E Keenan 0-11.

Berwick 6 points

Blyth 28 points

On Saturday Blyth are away to Clara Vale with a 1pm start.