Kemp destroys league leaders Bates Cottages

Batsman Mark Ashburn loses his wicket, one of four taken by Mark Lawrence during Blyth's remarkable 21-run win against Bates Cottages. Picture by Ian Appleby
Batsman Mark Ashburn loses his wicket, one of four taken by Mark Lawrence during Blyth's remarkable 21-run win against Bates Cottages. Picture by Ian Appleby

Blyth finally got a game of cricket for the first time in weeks, and they made the most of it as they beat league leaders Bates Cottages.

Blyth batted first on a green wicket and made a steady start through Dent and Purma Bates as Telford and Elliott opened the Bates bowling attack.

Telford’s first over produced 13 runs, including two boundaries and four wides. Elliott was much better and only conceded three.

However, Blyth lost their first wicket in the fourth over when Elliott bowled Purma for ten.

Smith joined Dent but went for four when he was bowled by Telford in the seventh over.

Kemp and Dent added 13 runs before Blyth lost four wickets for just five runs.

Kemp (4), Lawrence (0) and Dent (17) all fell with the score on 42 - Elliott bowled Kemp then four balls later removed Lawrence’s stumps before Dent was bowled by Telford.

Walton replaced Telford and bowled Rowell for two, then Merryweather came on for Elliott after he had bowled nine tight overs.

Quinn and Singh added 15 for the seventh wicket before Quinn fell to Merryweather caught by Heathcote for six.

Blyth lost two more wickets on 62 when Singh was trapped lbw by Walton for ten and the same bowler struck again with his last ball when he bowled Silva without scoring.

Blyth’s last pair of Kinnair and Roberts added 21 before the latter was last man out when he was bowled by Merryweather for one. Kinnair remained 17 not out.

Bates’ bowling figures were M Telford 2-30, M Elliott 3-18, M Walton 3-15 and Merryweather 2-13.

Bates were looking to gain maximum points when they went out to bat as Turnbull and M Golightly opened.

Kemp and Kinnair opened the bowling for Blyth, and within the space of seven overs Bates were 12-4.

Kemp in his second over with the score on one trapped Turnbull lbw without scoring.

Then in his next over he again struck trapping M Golightly lbw for nought.

Kinnair was next to strike when a smart stumping by Quinn sent Fenwick back for seven.

Kemp was at it again in his next over when he bowled Heathcote without scoring – making it three wickets for one run.

Walton and Merryweather hung around before Singh came on to replace Kinnair.

Kemp was still causing problems at the other end probably with his best spell of bowling for the club.

After Walton and Merryweather had put on 26 Kemp sent Walton back to the pavilion bowled for 17.

Next ball Elliott was sent back trapped lbw for a golden duck.

After Kemp had bowled nine overs, skipper Lawrence came on to clean up the tail.

He bowled Merryweather with his third ball for 11 and in his next over saw Ashburn bowled for five.

Then in his fourth over he struck twice more, Telford was bowled for seven then he trapped Dennis lbw for four.

What looked like another fruitless day for Blyth after another batting collapse the bowlers did their stuff with the ball.

Blyth’s bowling figures were Kemp 5-10, P Kinnair 1-24, S Singh 0-18 and M Lawrence 4-7.

Blyth 25 points

Bates Cottages 5 points

On Saturday Blyth travel up the Tyne Valley to play Stocksfield with a 1pm start.