Blyth beaten as season finally gets under way

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FINALLY Blyth’s first XI managed to get a game played after two blank weeks.

Blyth batted first with Quinn and Kinnair opened.

Batey opened the bowling for the hosts and he produced a good line and length with both batsmen struggling to score.

However, Quinn found Denton from the other end to his likeing and he hit two fours.

But then chasing another wide ball he drove it straight to Tudor and went for 16.

This brought Adam Purvis in, making a welcome return after a year at Warkworth. He played solidly but lost Kinnair, bowled by Batey for one.

Nash joined Purvis but he went without scoring, caught by keeper Vickers off Denton.

Skipper Lawrence played in his normal manner and anything loose went to the boundary.

He and Purvis had formed a useful stand, but when Oliver came on to replace Batey he made Lawrence play too early and he was caught for 18.

Graeme Sutherland followed, with an inside edge he was bolwed by Oliver for three.

Kemp then played too early from a ball from Oliver and was caught by Tudor for seven.

Dent went in next and with Purvis pushed the score along.

But once again another slower ball from Oliver proved Purvis’s downfall and he gave a simple return catch to Oliver for 14.

Ebdale joined Dent and helped the score past the first bonus point before he was bowled by Denton for seven.

Blackett hung around while Dent scored freely. He found the boundary over square leg twice with two sixes. Blackett’s stay was ended when bolwed by Oliver for one.

Rowell came in last and played a dogged innings and the score was closing in on a third bonus point when Dent mishit a drive and was caught by Denton off Clough for 37.

Alnmouth’s reply begain with Pearson and Straker and the score progressed steady with the Blyth opening bowlers Kemp and Ebdale failing to get an early breakthrough.

Skipper Lawrence came on and bowled Pearson for 29, bringing Clough to the crease, but he became Lawrence’s second wicket when Sutherland caught him for six.

Skipper Vickers came in and with Straker formed a match winning partnership as they saw their side home for an eight-wicket win.

Straker ened up 55 not out and Vickers 45 not out.

Blyth’s bowling figures were A Kemp 0-21 Ebdale 0-25, Lawrence 2-28, Dent 0-51, Nash 0-7 and Purvis 0-14.

Alnmouth 30 points; Blyth 3

On Saturday Blyth first XI are at home against Corbridge at 1pm.

The seconds make the trip to Ulgham, also with a 1pm start.