Blyth a poor second to title challengers Tillside

Blyth’s winning streak came to an abrupt end at second placed Tillside on Saturday as the home side recorded a 164-run win.

It was Ian Sim who did the damage, as he had done at Blyth earlier in the season,as he finished 98 not out after an unbeaten 112-run eight wicket stand for the home side as they totalled 246-7.

Blyth had been in a strong position after 17 overs, but two good partnerships took the game away from them.

Toby Culham (33) and Matthew Whitty (43) pulled the innings together after David Edbale had continued his recent excellent form with two early wickets and one from David Dent.

Then after Cameron Walker and Ebdale had broken the pairing and taken another wicket each, Sim and Gareth Hill (27 no) took the home side clear.

Ebdale finished with figures of 4-30, Walker 2-71 and Dent 1-68.

In reply, only to Blyth batsmen reached double figures as they were dismissed for 82.

Kevin Hudspith (10) and Walker (10) were the main scorers after extras, which totalled 30.

Jake Birkett took three wickets whiile Liam Himdmarsh, Matthew Whitty and Jack MacDonald took two each and Sean Whitty one.

Tillside 30 points

Blyth 3 points

Meanwhile Blyth second team suffered a six-wicket defeat at home to Clara Vale.

With only nine players, Blyth were all out for 103.

James Stewart was the pick of the Blyth batting with 28.

The visitors were always in control when batting and comfortably passed their target.

Blyth 4 points

Clara Vale 30 points

Next weekend Blyth firsts are at home to Clara Vale with a 1pm start while the seconds travel to Whitley Bay for a 1.30pm start.