A lack of patience at the crease proves costly for Blyth
Blyth turned what appeared set to be a comfortable victory into defeat through a lack of patience when batting.
After getting into a good position with less than a run a ball needed they threw it away.
Gems batted first and Faizaan Ahmed (17) and Balakrishnan Krishnan (17) got them off to a steady start before Andy Kemp made the breakthrough
After the opening stand of 38, Gems were indebted to Omer Hussain as he top scored with 66 from his side’s final score of 170 all out. Only Javed Mirza (26) gave support as Blyth’s bowlers took control.
Kemp was the pick of the attack as he finished with 4-32. All the other Blyth bowlers picked up a wicket – David Ebdale 3-42, Mark Lawrence 1-33, Surj Singh 2-29 and Cameron Walker 2-26.
In their reply, Blyth were steady throughout, however, they lost wickets at crucial times,.
Openers Peter Roberts (11) and Andy Rowell (17) got them on their way, but it was when the score was on 67 that Craig Smith became the fourth wicket to fall, after scoring 29 including six fours, that Blyth began to hit trouble.
Good knocks from Gary Quinn (18) and Walker (22) were not enough as they were bowled out for 156 in under 46 overs.
Tabashir Alam (4-47) and Mirza 3-21 did the most damage as Blyth could only secure eight points from the game.
Blyth’s second XI game at Gems was called off due to water on the wicket.
Next weekend Blyth travel up to Ulgham for a 1pm start while the second team are at home against Ulgham seconds with a 1.30pm start.