Hat-trick hero has home side in spin

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SKIPPER Mark Lawrence and Surgit Singh bowled Blyth to victory against Ashington Rugby CC.

On a blustery day at Ashington Rugby Ground, the home skipper won the toss and put Blyth in.

Phil Kinnair and Barakat opened but disaster struck when the former played an off-drive to deepish mid-off and ran himself out for one.

Lawrence joined Barakat and the score steadily mounted, with both playing shots round the wicket.

Lawrence was severe on any loose delivery by hitting huge boundaries.

Dave Wanless slowed the run-rate with his slow deliveries causing both batsmen trouble.

Lawrence, succumbing as he went for a big shot, missed and was bowled for 29.

Once again Wanless stuck when he trapped Barakat lbw for a steady 37.

Trevor Elliott was on for Lewis Tanney and he was next into the wickets, bowling Andy Rowell without scoring then trapping James Stewart lbw for two.

Debutant Andy Kemp joined Gary Quinn, with the pair adding quick runs with Kemp hitting some lusty blows. However, he played over a full-length ball from Elliott and was bowled for 13.

Quinn was joined by Arthur Gill and this pair played sensibly for a few overs. Quinn was still going for his shots, however, he went for one to many, and lofted a catch to Kevin Hetherington for 20 off the bowling of Elliott.

Singh came in to join Gill and he hit a quick eight before he gave an easy catch to Michael Adamson off Dean Greaves.

Gill went next when he tried to lift Greaves over mid-off but was brilliantly caught one handed by Ian Fox back pedalling for nine.

Blyth’s last man out was Kevin Thompson bowled by David Wanless for a quickfire ten. Mark Stewart was two not out as Blyth finished on 138 all out.

Ashington’s innings opened with Chris Harwood and Scott Maddison.

Harwood was the player scoring most of the runs with Scott Maddison just content to stay there.

The change bowlers of Kemp and Singh saw Blyth take control of the game.

Kemp got his first wicket for the club when he trapped Maddison lbw for one.

Storey joined Harwood but he failed to bother the scorers – trapped lbw by Singh without scoring.

Harwood was still picking up runs when he could and was responsible for most of the total.

Milbourne was next in, managing to score four before he played on to Kemp.

Harwood was joined by Adamson, but their partnership was short lived when Singh trapped Harwood lbw for a fine 37.

Singh then had Tanney caught by Quinn for six.

Lawrence came on to replace Kemp, transforming the game.

With his second ball he trapped Fox lbw without scoring, Hetherington followed next ball in the same fashion.

Ashington skipper Greaves came in to face the hat-trick ball and he was out lbw.

Ashington had lost six wickets for 11 runs.

Lawrence then bowled Wanless for four and ended the game when he bowled Adamson for a dogged ten – Ashington losing ten wickets for 38 runs.

Blyth’s bowling figures were Kinnair 0-13, Thompson 0-9, Kemp 2-23, Singh 3-16 and Lawrence 5-6.

With this win, Blyth has moved up to third in the division, just four points adrift of Ashington Rugby and Gems who are on level points.

Blyth 27 points Ashington 5 points

BLYTH Seconds had skipper Gary Cotterill in fine form with bat and ball.

He came in to the wicket after the second ball, playing probably one of his best innings for the club in a two-hour stay at the crease which saw him score 80 runs from 98 balls, including 13 fours and two sixes.

Only three others batsman managed to reach double figures – Kirkup with 11, Thornton 13 and Turner 12.

Ashington’s reply was going along at nearly four an over but then Gary Cotterill and Cameron Walker ripped through the Ashington batting and at the end of the 20th over Ashington were 87-7.

Fran Carrighan came on to polish off the tail.

Blyth won by 24 runs to record their first win of the season.

Blyth bowling figures were Cotteril 3-38, Walker 3-38, Kirkup 0-17, I Mohammed 0-30 and Carrighan 2-5.

Blyth 29 points Ashington 8 points

This weekend Blyth first XI are at home to Ulgham with a 1pm start. The seconds are away to Cramlington with a 1.30pm start.