Maximum points for Blyth seconds in 143-run victory

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Blyth’s second team put together one of their best batting performances for years as they secured a big win over Ulgham.

Graeme Harwood and Ryan Kirkup opened for Blyth, but with only nine on the board the latter was caught by Ethan Richardson off Jeff Thompson for five.

New batsman Richard Glass came and went for four before James Stewart came in and the scoreboard began ticking over.

Jake Edwards made the breakthrough for Ulgham as Stewart was caught by keeper Steve Pace for 17.

Steven Tarn joined Harwood, who let loose and reached his first half century for the club in 77 balls including seven fours.

However, he fell without adding to his score when Lee bowled him.

Tarn went for 17 but Andy Douglas and Arthur Gill put together a 70-run partnership that saw Blyth to their highest total for a couple of years.

The pair scored 40 from the last five overs. Douglas finished 39 not out with six fours and a six while Gill was unbeaten on 27, including three fours.

In reply, Ulgham were never in the game as Blyth’s bowlers ripped through their innings.

Only Richardson (12) reached double figures as they were bowled out for 57 in under 18 overs.

Gill was the main wicket-takers with 5-14, and he received excellent support from Harry Clark (2-13), Alfie Clark (1-12) and Adam Young Jnr (2-9).

Blyth 30 points

Ulgham two points

Blyth first team’s game was called off due to the inclement weather.

On Saturday Blyth first XI are at home against Ashington Rugby as Dave Dent returns to the club for the visitors. The game starts at 1pm. The seconds travel to Rock for a 1.30pm start.