Harwood steers Blyth to victory over Blue Flames

Finally Blyth Cricket Club first XI secured a win away to Blue Flames to ease a little further away from the relegation battle.

Chris Harwood steered Blyth to the five-wicket win with a knock of 73.

Flames batted first and found themselves in trouble from the first over.

Andy Kemp opened the bowling and with his fifth ball had Paul McKeever caught by stand-in keeper Pater Roberts without scoring.

Kemp struck again when he trapped Uzair Afaq lbw for four.

Flames then held firm as David and John Marshall gradually pushed the score along.

The Marshalls put together a 58-run partnership before David Dent finally made the breakthrough, trapping John lbw for 33.

Shahnawaz Awan came in as Blyth brought on Surj Singh to replace David Ebdale after ten excellent overs for just 27 runs.

He bowled three tight overs then struck in his fourth when he trapped Awan lbw for 12.

With three, more runs added, he had David Marshall caught by Ebdale for a dogged 32.

Ghazanfar Ishaque and Richard Chapman moved the score along to 108 when Ishaque was caught by Singh off Mark Lawrence for nine.

Chapman followed when Roberts stumped him off Singh for 15.

Jawed Qureshi and Amjad Khan added 18 for the eighth wicket before Singh struck again, trapping Qureshi lbw for 12.

Amjad Khan and Faisal Amin held firm and added 42 runs in the final seven overs, the former ending 25 not out and the latter 19 not out.

Blyth bowling figures were A Kemp 2-16, D Ebdale 0-27, D Dent 1-41, S Singh 4-23, M Lawrence 1-33 and C Walker 0-25.

Blyth’s reply began with Dent and Chris Harwood and they got their side off to a good start.

Dent was the more aggressive partner before he went in the 14th over with the score on 55, caught by Fawwad Khan off the bowling of Amjad Khan for 29.

Singh was next in and he supported Harwood in a 23-run stand.

However, Singh fell when Amin bowled him for three.

Skipper Lawrence was next out, after hitting Amin for six, he was caught by Awan off Amin for seven.

Kemp came in to join Harwood and this pair gradually pushed Blyth towards the winning total.

Harwood reached his 50 off 90 balls in just over two hours of solid batting, however, he was out just as the finishing line was beckoning.

He and Kemp had put on 69 runs for the fourth wicket before he was caught by Afaq off Qureshi for 73, this included eight fours.

O’Connor came in but was caught by Ishaque off Qureshi for five with the score on 171.

Kemp finished the game off in style with a four to give Blyth an extra batting point as he finished on 34 not out.

Blue Flames bowling figures were F Khan 0-37, D Marshall 0-32, J Qureshi 2-29, A Khan 1-24, F Amin 2-30, U Afaq 0-14 and Ishaque 0-4.

Blue Flames 5 points

Blyth 28 points

This weekend Blyth make the long trip north to take on Berwick with a 1pm start.