Dent’s performance not enough to save Blyth

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Blyth made the long journey to Etal in north Northumberland to play Tillside but were unable to field their strongest team, which saw them beaten by five wickets.

After losing the toss, Blyth batted first with Dent and Roberts opening the innings.

The opening pair made steady progress with some wayward bowling from Hindmarsh, and both looked comfortable and were building a good partnership.

But in the tenth over disaster struck when Roberts was run out by a misunderstanding for 19 with the score on 48.

Dent put this behind him and pushed the score along but his new partner Smith was bowled by Whitty for three.

Clark came in to join Dent and they consolidated the innings for the next 15 overs.

With the total reaching the first batting point with a stand of 36, Clark went lbw to McGregor for 13 with the score on 97.

A Hindmarsh came on to replace Whitty in an inspired bowling change. In his first over with no runs added he caught and bowled Dent for an excellent 45, hitting six boundaries.

Hindmarsh then removed the middle order for just three runs.

Kinnair went in his next over bowled for two before Lawrence and Quinn set about stopping the usual collapse.

However, Lawrence was next out caught by R Hindmarsh for two; once again A Hindmarsh the bowler.

Three runs later Quinn became his fourth wicket when he was trapped lbw for 13.

Whitty was brought back on to replace McGregor and with his last ball of that over, S Culham caught Singh without scoring.

Kemp and Walker added 11 runs before Walker became the fifth wicket for Hindmarsh when he was stumpped by R Hindmarsh for seven.

This left Blackett in with Kemp, who tried to get Blyth up to another batting point but he went caught by Beasley off AHindmarsh for 13. Blackett remained two not out.

Tillside’s bowling figures were L Hindmarsh 0-22, J Weatherhead 0-21, G Hill 0-26, M Whitty 2-30, C McGregor 1-19 and A Hindmarsh 6-17 from nine overs.

Tillside opened their reply with S Culham and M Whitty.

Kemp opened up for Blyth with Kinnair at the other end. Unfortunately, Kinnair pulled a hamstring after one over and had to come off, with Dent being brought on in his place.

Culham and Whitty had put together a good partnership when Dent broke through with the score on 38. Keeper Quinn took an excellent catch to dismiss Culham for 11.

Singh was brought into the attack to replace Kemp who was having no luck. But in Singh’s second over he trapped Whitty lbw for 27.

Then Dent struck again, Blackett taking a tremendous catch to dismiss Birkett for ten.

L Hindmarsh joined Beasley, however, with 14 runs added; Hindmarsh was bowled by Dent for 13.

McGregor and Beasley remained solid and gradually batted Blyth out of the game.

Lawrence came into the attack to replace Dent and he struggled to make a difference.

However, with 11 runs required for victory, after a stand of 56, Beasley was bowled by Lawrence for 34.

This was the last success Blyth had and the game came to an end nine balls later. McGregor remained 36 not out and I Sim 1 not out.

Blyth’s bowling figures were A Kemp 0-23, P Kinnair 0-5, D Dent 3-27, S Singh 1-48, M Lawrence 1-27 and C Walker 0-9.

Next weekend sees the second half of the season start and Blyth are at home to Warkworth at 1pm.