BLYTH Cricket Club’s seconds turned a winning situation into a two-run defeat at Corbridge.
With the wicket rolled flat, Blyth skipper Gary Cotterill won the toss and inserted the home side.
Kevin Thompson was his normal steady self, bowling a maiden first up.
However, Cotterill from the pavilion end was wayward as Blyth struggled to get an early breakthrough, and after ten overs Corbridge had moved on to 36-0.
Thompson had bowled five overs for just two runs – four maidens.
Young spinner Cameron Walker came on for Cotterill in the 12th over.
Blyth’s first success came in the 13th when Walker chopped a wide ball from Thompson into his stumps.
Thompson came off after eight overs with remarkable figures of 1-8 with six maidens.
Walker was bowling steady and getting the ball to turn. He also had Roberts dropped by keeper Peter Roberts with a ball that turned and lifted. Replacing Thompson was veteran medium pacer Gill.
Blyth gained another success when Roberts played Gill backward of square and set off for a run. Young Bradley Purvis was quick to the ball, Hamilton sent Roberts back, and he was run out by a tremendous return.
Gill then had Hamilton dropped by Cotterill who made a great effort but just failed to hold onto the ball when he hit the ground.
Not to be deterred, Gill had Jowsey caught by Gary Cotterill for nought, then followed up three balls later by bowling Davidson also for nought. Corbrigde were now 91-4 in the 23rd over.
After a wayward over by Walker in which he went for 14 runs, newcomer Imran Mohammed replaced him.
He was in the wickets with his fourth ball when Cook caught by Paul Cotterill without scoring.
He had further success in his next over when he White was caught by Brian Turner, also without scoring.
Corbridge had now lost four wickets while adding three runs.
Gill then got rid of Hamilton, caught by hind by Roberts.
Hamilton had held the innings together with a splendid 45.
Mohammed was replaced by Ryan Kirkup, who bowled Ridley for five and in his next over sent Cluston back to the pavilion for seven.
Thompson replaced Gill after his ten-over spell.
However, Kirkup finished the innings off in his next over when he bowled Lightening for two as Corbridge were all out for 127.
Blyth bowling figures saw Kirkup take 3-3; Gill 3-20; Mohammed 2-21; Walker 0-33; Cotterill 0-32 and Thompson 1-9.
With rain forecast, Blyth opened with youngsters Roberts and Kirkup.
With only three on the board Roberts was bowled by Ridley.
Colin Blackett joined Kirkup and this pair, after a sticky start against some excellent bowling from Cluston and Ridley, moved the score forward.
After ten overs, Blyth were 16-1.
Davidson replaced Ridley and Blackett scored 15 from his first over.
Blackett now was in full flow as Cook replaced Cluston, and in his second over Blackett plundered 19 also bringing up his 50 from 65 balls.
White, who had replaced Davidson, then made the breakthrough. He had Blackett caught by Ridley for an excellent 59.
Kirkup followed Backett three runs later for a dogged 22 when he was stumped by Walker off Jowsey.
With rain, now falling the wicket was getting wetter, the ball was skidding off the long grass and keeping low.
Paul Cotterill was bowled first ball by Jowsey. Gill then saw off the hat-trick ball. Jowsey was now ripping through the Blyth batting. Gill was trapped lbw for four, Gary Cotterill followed soon after for 12, and then Thompson was lbw without scoring.
Purvis and Turner were left to score 16 from ten overs. However, they fell short by two runs short from a game they should have won easily. Blyth finished on 125-7.
Corbridge bowling figures were, C Jowsey 5-11; Cluston 0-18; Ridley 1-18; Davidson 0-26; Cook 0-25 and White 1-19.
On Saturday the Blyth first XI are at Whitley Bay, while the seconds entertain Whitley Bay seconds at Plessey Road. Start at 1.30pm.
Corbridge 26 points Blyth 8 points.