Quinn turns game Blyth’s way as they win Wood Shield

Blyth wicketkeeper Gary Quinn. Picture by Ian Appleby
Blyth wicketkeeper Gary Quinn. Picture by Ian Appleby

Blyth Cricket Club won the RE Wood Shield with a five-wicket win over Warkworth in a low scoring but competitive final.

Warkworth batting first found themselves two wickets down for just six runs with Roberts taking both wickets.

Briggs was then brillantly caught by Kirkup in the deep off Walker. Lee came in with J Briggs, with eleven added J Briggs was trapped lbw by Burns.

Spoors and Lee increased the run rate as the former hit Carrighan for 14 in his first over.

But the bowler got his revenge in the next when Spoors went for another big shot and Cotterill took another good catch on the boundary.

Clark came and went with Kirkup taking another good catch off Burns’ bowling before Burnett and Lee put on 23 in three overs. Both perished in the final over as Warkworth finished on 75.6.

Blyth’s innings did not start well as Walker went fifth ball without scoring. Hudspith went next as Blyth found runs hard to come by.

With the score on 14, Rowell gave a return catch to Burnett and departed for four and Cotterill was un out without scoring.

It was at this point that Gary Quinn took the game by the scruff of the neck and hit the first ball from Briggs over square leg for a six, then second ball sailed over deep point for another six, before the third went straight over deep mid-on for another six.

After a two off the fourth ball, he departed fifth ball caught by Clark.

Smith was joined by Blackett and in two overs they put on 21.

Blyth reached their target on the last ball of the 14th over as Blackett ended nine not out and Burn unbeaten on two.

Man of the match went to Blyth’s Quinn for that one over which changed the course of the game.

Thanks went to Morpeth for staging the final and Warkworth, who bowled most of their overs in adverse conditions.