League leaders Bates brushed aside by Blyth bowlers

Blyth bowler Mark Lawrence claimed 5-13 to dismiss league leaders Bates Cottages for only 75. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
Blyth bowler Mark Lawrence claimed 5-13 to dismiss league leaders Bates Cottages for only 75. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com

In what is normally a close encounter, Blyth’s bowlers came out on top to defeat league leaders Bates Cottages on Saturday.

Bates skipper Ross Symington won the toss and put Blyth in.

Dent and Purma got Blyth off to a decent start and the latter made his intensions clear when he scored 14 off one over.

They brought up the 50 in the 12th over before Bates finally made the breakthrough when Symington caught and bowled Purma for 33, including five fours and a six.

Darren Carr joined Dent and the pair added 13 when Symimgton caught and bowled Dent for 29.

Carr was next out, lbw to the excellent Symington for 13.

Lawrence and Quinn had put on 36 before the returning Baston had Lawrence caught by Turnbull for 16.

Kirkup came in but Symington caught hi off Cragg without scoring.

Kemp went for two, but Quinn held the middle order together before finally falling to Cragg for 26.

Symington sent Walker back with his second ball of a new spell, bowling him for six, then Singh fell caught by Collins off Cragg for five.

Silva remained three not out as Blyth were dismissed for 162.

Bates bowling figures were M Elliott 0-20, P Baston 1-46, R Symington 4-21, G Dennis 1-33 and D Cragg 4-37.

Bates’ reply started badly as Clark caught Merryweather for four off the bowling of Silva.

Skipper Symington and Turnbull added 30 at a run a ball before Lawrence made an inspired double bowling change as he came on for Kemp and Dent for Silva.

Dent soon made the breakthrough when keeper Quinn stumped Turnbull for seven.

Bates then lost four wickets for just 11 runs as they were reduced to 53-6. Dent took four wickets for just 11 runs.

Lawrence then took control and took his taly to five wickets as the leaders were bowled out for 75.

Blyth’s bowling figures were A Kemp 0-15, RS Silval 1-16, M Lawrence 5-13, Dent 4-21.

Blyth 27 points

Bates Cottages 5 points

On Saturday Blyth first XI are at Blagdon with a 1pm start.

Then on Tuesday, July 7, Blyth travel to Berwick and Bates Cottages go to Clara Vale in the semi-finals of the Thomas Wilson Cup. The games start at 6pm.