Another win helps keep Blyth on top

BLYTH maintained their lead at the top of the Northumberland League division one, despite fielding a much-changed side against Monkseaton, including five second teamers.

Blyth won the toss and put the home side in.

In the second over Kevin Thompson’s first ball saw wicketkeeper Gary Quinn stump Zanetti.

Faulkner came in to join Elliott and they dug in and gradually pushed the score along.

Skipper Mark Lawrence replaced Kemp, making the breakthrough with a slow full toss which Elliott and the ball looped to Stewart.

O Rankin came in next and nearly departed second ball when Gill dropped him at slip.

However, his luck ran out when Thompson bowled him for one.

In Thompson’s next over he bowled home skipper Kleynhans for four.

Thompson was in the wickets again in his next over when young Cameron Walker held on to a catch at mid-on to dismiss Tunstall without scoring.

Windass came in to join Faulkner.

Lawrence replaced himself with by Banakat and it was an inspired choice as he had Windass caught at gully by Lawrence for a dogged 17.

The next ball he bowled Butler, but on his hat-trick ball he bowled a massive wide.

Walker was next in the wickets when he had Coulson caught by Gill for three.

It was Banakat again in his next over when he bowled Faulkner for 31.

He followed that up two balls later when he trapped McDine lbw for five.

Blyth’s bowling figures were Kemp 0-16, Thompson 4-46, Lawrence 1-10, Walker 1-24 and Banakat 4-7.

The visitors’ reply could not have got off to a worse start as two batsman were back in the pavilion without a run scored.

In the second over, with the score on two, both from wides. G Rankin bowled P Roberts first ball, then two balls later Blyth lost Lawrence, chasing a wide delivery he was caught by Windass.

Rowell came in to join Quinn and got the score into double figures, but then Kleynhans trapped Rowell lbw as he was beaten by a late in-swinger.

Kemp joined Quinn and the pair moved the score along at a brisk pace with a number of boundaries.

However, Quinn edged an out-swinger from Coulson and was caught at slip by Kleynhans for 28.

Banakat joined Kemp, and made his intentions clear as he smashed a six.

O Rankin came on to replace Coulson with Blyth needing seven for victory, as Kemp was caught by Faulkner for 35.

Gill joiedn Banakat with the orders just to stay to make sure Blyth gained full points. And with Blyth needing six runs for victory, Banakat despatched the ball over the ropes.

Monkseaton 2 points

Blyth 30 points

MONKSEATON 2nds 180 BLYTH 2nds 162

BLYTH seconds, having to make numbers up with part-time players, just failed with ten men to beat MOnkseaton seconds at Plessey Road.

Monkseaton batted first and had S Baister and J Bishop to thank for their 180, Baister scoring 33 and Bishop 58.

Blyth’s wicket-takers were Cotterill 1-36, Purvis 1-31, J Phillips 2-42, I Mohammed 2-31 and M Stewart 4-20.

Blyth reply got off to a good start with makeshift openers Carrighan and Stewart putting on 46 for the first wicket.

However, with two quick wickets he visitors were back in the game. Stewart was out for 17 and Carrighan 29.

Skipper Cotterill played a captain’s innings for a superb 80 not out.

But Blyth ran out of luck with fielders all round the boundary.

Pick of the Monkseaton bowling was Bishop who had excellent figures of 5-10.

Blyth 10 points

Monkseaton 30 points

On Saturday, Blyth First XI are at home against Ashington Rugby with a 1pm start, with Blyth seconds at Ashington Rugby 2nds with a 1.30pm start.