Unbeaten Hughes defeats Blyth

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BLYTH suffered a four-wicket defeat at Blagdon Park on Saturday in what was only their second game of the season.

Batting first, Blyth found the going tough with most players still not having any practice outdoors due to the recent waterlogged conditions.

Dent and Kinnair opened the batting and put together a small partnership before Dent went on 16, trapped lbw by Gaff.

Adam Purvis came in but was bowled by Gaff for the addition of only three.

Lawrence joined Kinnair and they put together useful runs before Clough stumped Lawrence for 20.

Kinnair’s dogged stay at the crease ended on 17 when he was bowled by Johnson for 17.

Graeme Sutherland put together a usefull innings, however, he lost partners at regular intervals.

Foster was caught by Singh for two off the bowling of Clark.

Gary Cotterill soon followed, caught behind by Clough off Clark for two, and David Ebdale was run out for seven.

Sutherland reached 29 when Clough stumped him off the bowling of Johnson.

Andy Kemp went without scoring, caught by Foster off Johnson.

Second team skipper Colin Blacket gave a return catch to bowler Clark and went for four, leaving Peter Roberts unbeaten without a score.

Bowling figures for Blagdon was Inpathurai 0-10, Gaff 2-21, Sander 1-27, Clark 3-45 and Johnson 3-16.

Blagdon’s replay started with Hughes and Sander while Kemp and Ebdale opened the bowling.

Ebdale struck when he trapped Sander lbw without scoring.

Former Blyth player Nigel Clough was next in and supported Hughes as they put on useful runs.

However, Clough was next to depart when he gave Ebdale a return catch on 11.

Collins’ stay was short when he became Ebdale’s third victim, out lbw without scoring.

Blyth sensed they were in with a chance of gaining their first victory of the season, but Hughes had other ideas as he passed his half century.

Ebdale trapped Foster lbw for six before Singh and Lawrence were brought into the attack.

But they failed to stem the tide from Hughes’s bat, although Singh got is first wicket of the season when he trapped Johnson lbw for ten.

Singh struck again, trapping Inpathurai lbw for two, but this was Blyth’s last success as Hughes saw his side home with an unbeaten 82.

Blyth bowling: Kemp 0-25, Ebdale 4-22, Singh 2-40, Lawrence 0-30 and Dent 0-4.

Blagdon 26 pts; Blyth 4 pts.

On Saturday Blyth are at home to Warkworth while the seconds travel over the Tyne to play Hebburn. Both games start at 1pm.