Purma the main stay as Blyth beat Berwick
Blyth picked up a valuable 28 points with victory over Berwick at Plessey Road on Saturday.
The home side batted first with Andy Clark and Andy Rowell opening.
The pair had moved the score on to 20 when Sean Wales bowled Rowell for six, this brought Darren Carr to the wicket, and along with Clark they took the score to 39 before Wales struck twice in his fifth over.
He trapped Clark lbw for 14 and fours ball later he sent new batsman Kevin Hudspith back to the pavilion, caught by Glen Bird for four.
At 44-3, Blyth were looking at another batting collapse, but Chandra Purma came in and set about rebuilding the innings.
Wales once again made the breakthrough when Bird caught Carr for 20.
Skipper Mark Lawrence became Wales’ fifth wicket when Bird caught him without scoring.
Wales came off and was replaced by Scott Middlemist, at which point Purma brought up his 50 from 56 balls and included nine fours.
But wickets kept on falling as Middlemist dismissed Smith for eight.
Then Cameron Walker was caught by Martin Hush off Jordan Woodcock without scoring, as did Andy Kemp, this time Middlemist taking the catch off Woodcock.
Middlemist finally brought Purma’s innings to a close when Niall Jones caught him for an excellent 82.
Ben Blackett was last in and with David Ebdale moved the score onto 170 when Middlemist bowled the latter by for ten.
Bowling figures for Berwick were Steven Emery 0-36, Wales 5-59, Woodcock 2-44 and Middlemist 3-28.
Berwick’s reply never really got going as wickets fell at regular intervals, with onle Hush (18), James Patterson (39) and Mason Emery (14) reaching double figures as they were bowled out for 117.
Lawrence took 4-22 while Kemp finished with 3-20, Walker 2-40 and Ebdale 1-30.
Blyth 28 points
Berwick six points
Next weekend Blyth are at home against Chopwell/GEMS with a 1pm start.
Meanwhile Blyth’s seconds lost at Howick, who made 209-7 before bowling out the visitors for 138.
Arthur Gill took 5-45 and Kevin Thompson 2-28.
Thompson top scored with 29 while Gill finished unbeaten on 28
Blyth seconds travel to Chopwell to play their second XI on Saturday with a 1.30pm start.