Blyth again let down by batting display

Blyth Cricket Club's Mark Lawrence getting after the Blagdon attack. Picture by Steve Miller.
Blyth Cricket Club's Mark Lawrence getting after the Blagdon attack. Picture by Steve Miller.

On a lovely sunny day at Blyth’s Plessey Road ground, the home side were hoping to push their claims in the championship race against Blagdon Park.

However, they failed once again with the bat.

Blagdon won the toss and batted first, but Ebdale struck in his second over to remove Foster lbw for two. Gibson and Sanders then passed the 50 partnership with quick singles and a few boundaries before Singh bowled Sanders for 23.

Lawrence then bowled Gibson for 32 to leave Blagdon 71-3 at the half way stage as Blyth’s spinners began to get a grip on the game.

Singh bowled Matty Senior for a duck, removed Johnson lbw for 11 and then had Lakey trapped in front of his wicket two balls later.

Lawrence, who got some stick of ex-Blyth player Nigel Clough, bowled Greg Senior for two before Dent came back into the attack and bowled Clough for 55.

Dent then had Clark caught by Kemp before Ebdale finished off the innings, having Blake trapped lbw without scoring as Blagdon’s innings ended on 147 all out.

Blyth’s bowling figures were A Kemp 0-32, D Ebdale 2-22, S Singh 4-16, M Lawrence 2-46 and D Dent 2-20.

Blyth’s reply got off to a disastrous start when opener Dent was bowled in the second over by Blake for one. Harwood was bowled for six.

Skipper Lawrence joined Smith but the latter soon departed with the score on 16 when he was caught for seven. Lawrence was joined by O’Connor and began to put some runs on the board.

Just after they had passed the 50 partnership, Johnson made the breakthrough when he trapped O’Connor lbw for eight. Lawrence had reached 45 when Clark got revenge for the brutal hitting he suffered when Clough caught him.

Roberts was adjudged to be run out for five. Quinn came in, and left almost at once when Johnson bowled him without scoring.

Rowell was out next over from Johnson when he was lbw for a dogged three. Kemp and Ebdale pushed the score past 100. However, Kemp was caught for 20. Singh was last in and went in Gibson’s next over without scoring as Blyth were all out for 113.

Blyth 6 points; Blagdon Park 30 points.

On Saturday Blyth first XI travel up the Tyne Valley to take on Stocksfield with a 1pm start. Blyth seconds are at home to neighbours Bates Cottages also with a 1pm start.