Middle order batsmen fail to make the required runs

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ONCE again Blyth’s middle order let them down as they lost out to Ashington Rugby.

Ashington batted first and a good stand between Harwood and Adamson, who both kept Blyth bowlers struggling to make a breakthrough.

It was not until Kemp came on the breakthrough was made as he had Adamson caught by Rowell for 30.

Kemp struck again when Ebdale caught Paul Milburn for two.

Skipper Lawrence came into the attack and removed Harwood lbw for 45, then he bowled Hardy for 14.

This brought together Callum Milburn and Cory Milburn and Blyth brought on left arm spinner Singh and he bowled Callum Milburn for six, and Lawrence caught Cory Milburn for seven.

The Tanney brothers were now at the crease Louis and Mathew. Ebdale was brought back into the attack and bowled Louis Tanney without scoring Mathew was building a useful innings but need people to stay with him. Wanless scored a useful ten before Lawrence caught him off the bowling of Singh. Skipper Greaves scored four before he departed bowled by Singh. Ex Blyth player, Scott came in and saw out the overs. Louis Tanney remained 20 not out.

Blyth opened up with Dent and Roberts, however young Cory Milburn got the breakthrough when Scott caught Roberts for seven. Purvis came in to join Dent but went for two. Milburn struck again when Wanless caught Dent for 17. Lawrence and Cotterill joined forces but the latter was bowled for eight. Rowell followed when Milburn trapped him lbw without scoring.

Quinn and Lawrence started to push Blyth towards their target. Louis Tanney came on and he bowled Lawrence for 38. Milburn also came back into the attack, he had Quinn caught by Adamson for 28. Kemp came in but departed for one.

Ebdale and Singh started to edge towards the total, but Cory Milburn bowled Ebdale for 19 and Carrigan went without scoring with Singh ten not out.

Ashington 28 points

Blyth six points