BLYTH’S bowlers inspired their side to victory in their home game against Monkseaton at Plessey Road.
On an overcast day, Blyth’s returning skipper Lawrence lost the toss and was asked to bat, and the home side could not have got off to a worse start, losing their first wicket in the first over – Clarke bowled by Coulson without scoring.
Lawrence came in to join Kinnair and the skipper quickly pushed the score along with some positive hitting, the pair scoring at a rate of nine runs an over after just four overs.
But after a bowling change, Beaver struck with his first ball when he trapped Lawrence lbw for 28.
Kinnair soon followed, also lbw to Beaver for 12.
Rowell scored two before he was bowled by Beaver.
Stewart joined Quinn and they pushed the score along before Rankin bowled Stewart for 11.
Gill was next in, but he also went lbw to Beavers for one.
Singh came in to join Quinn but the rain came and play was suspended with Blyth on 84-6.
After a lengthy delay play got back under way with Quinn and Singh pushing Blyth to their first batting point.
Rankin then bowled Singh for 11. Carrighan soon followed Singh back to the pavilion for two, bowled by Rankin.
Thompson joined Quinn and they scored more freely before the latter mistimed a cover drive and was caught three runs short of a deserved 50.
This brought last week’s batting hero Allen to the crease. He and Thompson gained Blyth their third batting point and looked good for more.
However, Kleyhans got one to move back in to Allen and bowled him for ten. There was 16 extras in the total of 159.
Bowling figures for Monkseaton was C Coulson 1-32, M Kleyhans 2-36, C Beaver 4-36 and O Rankin 3-43.
Beaver and Elliott opened the batting for Monkseaton and set about the Blyth attack of Kinnair and Thompson.
Beaver was scoring freely but played a square cut off Kinnair, which flew at Allen; he did well to get his hands to the ball, but failed to cling on.
Beaver and Elliott were going along at more than five an over before Blyth brought Singh on at the Plessey Road end and himself on from the Rugby ground end.
This stemmed the flow of runs and it was Lawrence who got the breakthrough, trapping Elliott lbw for 44.
Benns came in to join Beaver before Lawrence struck once again, trapping Benns lbw for a dogged 14.
Singh then got in on the act when he trapped Anderson lbw for ten and then bowled Butler without scoring.
Then Singh claimed the prize wicket of Beaver when Thompson caught him at deep mid-on for 39.
Monkseaton were still in prime position with just over 30 runs for victory with five wickets left.
Lawrence brought on Kinnaire and Gill, and in the latter’s first over he had Tunstall brilliantly caught by keeper Quinn for 14.
Gill was back in the wickets in his next over when Stewart held on to a skier off Coulson without scoring.
With Rankin still at the wicket and only 11 runs needed Gill trapped Rankin lbw for 16.
Then Kinnaire finally got the wicket of Kleynhans when Rowell held on to catch. Two balls later Kinnair bowled Murphy without scoring to give Blyth victory by eight runs
Blyth’s bowling figures were Kinnaire 2-40, Thompson 0-28, Singh 3-35, Lawrence 2-35 and Gill 3-9.
Blyth 28 points Monkseaton 8 points
BLYTH Seconds went down to a five-wicket defeat away to Monkseaton.
After a poor start, losing three wickets for just 26, Gary Cotterill and Andy Thornton added 76 runs.
However, with Scott and Rankin brought into the attack wickets tumbled. Cotterill went for 42 and was followed by Thornton for 42. Only other player to reach double figures was Paul Cotterill with 15. Rankin took 5-33.
Monkseaton paced their reply despite excellent bowling from G Cotterill and C Walker.
Monkseaton 30 points Blyth 5 points
On Saturday Blyth are away to Ashington Rugby Cricket Club with a 1pm start. The second XI are at home to Ashington Rugby Cricket Club with a 1.30pm start.