Kemp century not enough for victory

AGAINST Blyth on Saturday, Ulgham took first knock on what looked a good track in their Northumberland Cricket League game at Plessey Road.

But the visitors were in trouble off the first ball when Andy Kemp trapped Colin Tait lbw.

Darren Campbell and Mark Plummer then added some stability by adding 37 before Kemp bowled the former round his legs for 12.

Roy Haygarth came in to join Plummer, adding 50 runs for the third wicket before Surj Singh had him caught by keeper Gary Quinn for 14.

In the next over, Mark Lawrence had new bastman Alan Hynd lbw without scoring.

Chase Evans joined Plummer adding 35 before he was trapped lbw by Singh for 18. Singh struck again, trapping Craig Turnbull lbw for 14.

Plummer passed his 50, from 74 balls as Gary Hall was next in to join him at the crease.

Kemp was brought back into the attack and with his first ball Plummer lofted a ball to fine leg and Thompson held onto the catch.

Plummer had batted for 135 minutes and scored 87 from 112 balls.

Chris Herne joined Hall and this pair took Ulgham past full batting points, before Thompson bowled Herne for six.

Hall and David Moore added quick runs in the final few overs before Moore was run out off the final ball for 17. Hall remained 34 not out.

Bowling figures for Blyth were Kemp 3-56, Thompson 1-58, Lawrence 1-66 and Singh 3-52.

Blyth’s reply got off to a bad start. Banakat was caught behind by Hynd off Moore’s final ball of the first over without scoring.

Lawrence set about the bowling but after hitting four boundaries, he was adjudged lbw off a massive inside edge for 16.

Clarke fell the very next over when he was trapped lbw for one.

Kemp came to the wicket to join Quinn and the score moved onto 40 before Quinn was caught by Tait off the bowling of Herne without scoring.

James Stewart came in to join Kemp, the pair adding 40 in four overs before Stewart was trapped lbw by Moore for two with Blyth 80-5.

Kemp reached his 50 from 44 balls in 61 minutes, and together with Arthur Gill were putting on a good partnership, until Gill played round a full-length ball and was bowled by Campbell for 19.

With one run added, Rowell was bowled by Herne without scoring.

Singh came in to join Kemp and the pair put together what looked like a winning partnership.

Kemp brought up his century with a big six, his hundred coming from 74 balls in 120 minutes.

However, with Blyth needing 21 runs for victory, Kemp was caught by Evans off the bowling of Haygarth for 122.

Singh and Kemp had added 75 runs for the eighth wicket.

Thompson came in but was trapped lbw for one by Haygarth.

Mark Stewart joined Singh and he was caught and bowled by Haygarth for one. Singh remained 32 not out.

Blyth 9 points

Ulgham 30 points

A DEPLETED Blyth second XI were no match for Cramlington seconds.

Cramlington’s Walker hit a splendid 91 from 82 balls including 13 fours and two sixes.

Pick of the Blyth bowlers was F Carrighan with 3-64 and N Roberts 2-51.

Blyth’s batting was restricted with only three players reaching double figures – R Kirkup with 11, G Cotterill 15 and N Roberts top scoring with 16.

Cramlington 30 points

Blyth 6 points

ON Saturday Blyth play the return fixture against Ulgham with a 1pm start while the second team are at home to Bedlington seconds with a 1.30pm start.