Batting collapse costs Blyth dearly

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On the hottest day of the season so far, Blyth Cricket Club took on league leaders Bedlington at Plessey Road but went down to a 72-run defeat.

The hosts had looked to be in the driving seat after dismissing Bedlington for 126 but a batting collapse proved costly.

Bedlington got off to a steady start with ex-Blyth player Ian Anderson (17) and Kevin Harnett (24) before McCafferty also added 24 with Kemp, Ebdale and Singh sharing the wickets.

Skipper Lawrence brought himself on and soon got a wicket, trapping Sheperd lbw without scoring.

Wickets then fell at a regular interval with only Mason (13) and Leason (23) getting into double figures.

Blyth’s bowling figures were A Kemp 1-31, D Ebdale 1-34, M Lawrence 3-19, S Singh 3-36 and D Dent 2-2.

In reply, Blyth were sent realing by a superb bowling display from Craig Robinson and Carr who both had the first eight wickets back in the pavillion with less than 30 on the board.

Dent was lbw to Robinson without scoring, Purvis was bowled without scoring, Robinson bowled Lawrence for 4, Carr bowled Roberts for a duck, Kemp was caught for 1.

Quinn and Smith both went lbw without scoring, Singh became Robinson’s sixth wicket when he was bowled for 1.

Paul Rutherford came on with Douglas; and it was Rutherford who claimed Blyth’s opening batting point before he was bowled for 34. Carrigan went lbw to Rutherford without scoring as Blyth finished 54 all out.

Bedlington’s wicket-takers were C Robinson 6-18, N Carr 2-19, and P Rutherford 2-1.

Bedlington 27 points; Blyth 5 points

Elsewhere, Blyth Seconds did the double over Monkseaton 3rds at Priory Park in Tynemouth.

Blyth won the toss and asked their host to have first knock on a wet pitch.

Gill struck twice in his first two overs before Monkseaton made it to 25-3 before Walker turned the match in Blyth’s favour.

During a 22-ball spell at the start of the 22nd over, Walker took six wickets for four runs to finish with figures of 6-7 as Monkseaton were all out for 41.

Blyth made steady progress chasing the small total and they reached their total of 42 with O’Connor 25 not out and J Stewart 4 not out.

Monkseaton 0 points; Blyth 30 points