New boy Harwood steers Blyth to five-wicket win

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Blyth started the new cricket season with a tremendous home win against Warkworth as new signing from Ashington Rugby CC Chris Harwood showed his class.

Blyth won the toss and decided to field first. Keith Puddephatt and Doyle opened for the visitors with David Ebdale opening the bowling from the Plessey Road end with Thompson from the Rugby end.

But the bowlers struggled to get an early breakthrough with Puddephattscoring freely while Doyle played the anchor role, although he failed to bother the scorers.

Blyth brought on Dent for Ebdale and the change worked as he had Puddephatt caught by Blackket for 27 with the score on 37.

Pringle came in but had to retire hurt with Dargue replacing him.

Skipper Lawrence brought himself on to replace Thompson and in his second over, he struck when he had Dargue caught by Ebdale for four.

Pringle returned to join Doyle and they proceeded to push the score along.

Singh replaced Dent and bowled Doyle for 24.

Hall joined Pringle and they increased the run rate with Pringle showing his class.

They had put on 61 when Pringle finally fell for 67, caught by Roberts off Singh.

With overs running out, Warkworth’s batsman fell cheaply with Singh doing the damage.

Clark was caught and bowled by Singh without scoring, Anderson was run out for two, then Glass was lbw to Singh for two.

Hall remained 29 not and Jobson two not out as Warkworth totalled Warkworth 167-7.

Blyth’s bowling figures were D Ebdale 0-57, K Thompson 0-8, D Dent 1-18, M Lawrence 1-33 and S Singh 4-43.

Blyth’s reply started with Dent and Harwood but Dent fell in the second over after hitting a four in the first. He played across a ball from Hall and was bowled.

Adam Purvis joined Harwood and they pushed the score along.

It took a bowling change for Warkworth to get another breakthrough. Pringle came on and he had Purvis stumped for 19 after a 40-run partnership with Harwood.

Lawrence was next in to join Harwood and he hit a quick ten before he was caught behind by the keeper off Carruthers.

Quinn came in but did not last long when Carruthers bowled him for one.

Young Rowell came in to join Harwood and the pair gradually increased the run rate, even though they had a few scares.

They passed the 50-run partnership in the 40th over.

Harwood struck three fours in an over and put the pressure on the fielders.

In the 46th over Blyth passed their target for the win.

Harwood ended up 85 not out in a 76-run partnership with Rowell who was 25 not out as Blyth reached Blyth 168-5.

Warkworth’s bowling figures were Clark 0-36, Hall 1-44, Pringle 2-24 G Puddephatt 0-19 and Carruthers 2-33.

Blyth won by five wickets.

Blyth 28 points Workworth 5 points.

Next Saturday Blyth first XI make the short journey to Seaton Delaval to play Bates Cottages with a 1pm start.

Blyth seconds are at home against Monkseaton thirds, also with a 1pm start.