BLYTH enjoyed their first win of the season on Saturday when they beat Stocksfield by four wickets to move away from second bottom in the league.
Alex Brown and Richard Mannion opened the batting for the home side with Andy Kemp and David Ebdale taking the new ball.
It took a while to get their first wicket, but Kemp finally broke through when he bowled Mannion for 17.
Dan Whylie was then caught by Sutherland for five off the same bowler.
Andrew Wood became Ebdale’s only victim when he was caught by skipper Mark Lawrence for seven.
Lawrence brought himself on to bowl and trapped Alex Brown lbw for 29.
He struck again in his next over when he bowled Matthew Steven Henderson lbw for 20.
Lawrence got his third wicket when Simon Wraith was out lbw without scoring.
Zak Walker was the last home wicket to fall when a smart piece of stumping by Gary Quinn off the bowling of Singh.
Paul Watson (23 no) and Gareth Wade (15 no) made the score respectable at 153-8.
Blyth’s bowling figures were Kemp 2-35, Ebdale 1-49, Singh 2-36 and Lawrence 3-27.
Blyth began their run chase with David Dent and Phil Kinnair opening but the latter was out for six.
This brought young Adam Purvis in who produced his best innings for the club. Dent was out for 11, lbw to Emerson Brown.
Mark Nash and Purvis produced a useful stand until the former was caught by Alex Brown off his brother’s bowling for 14.
Lawrence joined Purvis and the runs required came down in a flourish before Purvis fell one run short of his half century, and Lawrence followed for 19.
Quinn was out without scoring but Ebdale and Graeme Sutherland (16 no) saw their side home.
Stocksfield 6 points
Blyth 27 points
MONKSEATON 2nds 164 BLYTH 2nds 33
BLYTH seconds suffered their second defeat in a row when they went down against league leaders Monkseaton seconds.
Main run scorers for the visitors were A Simms (27), B Cliffe (48), and N Green (35no).
The top wicket-taker for Blyth was Declan Clark 6-34, with Nobby Gill 1-20, James Stewart 1-45 and young Bradley Purvis 1-18 taking the other wickets.
Blyth’s batting never got going as the Monkseaton’s bowlers ripped through. No batsman reached double figures as Hewett and Errington took nine wickets between them.
Monkseaton 30 points
Blyth 5 points
On Saturday Blyth first XI head north up the A1 to Berwick. The seconds take on New Hartley at Plessey Road. Both games start at 1pm.