Blyth Cricket Club look ahead to new season

Blyth Cricket Club looked ahead to the new season at their annual award dinner and presentation night.

At the event held last Friday at their clubhouse, chairman Paul Cormack thanked club members off the pitch including secretary Ossie Lawrence, groundsman David Dent, scorers Ally Sadler and Claire Gill, plus Terry and Mark Charlton from Turf Care.

Despite a strong start last season, the first team lost their way a bit and some bad batting performances cost them more wins.

The First XI batting award went to Chris Harwood, whose top score was 123 not out, while the bowling award was won by Surjit Singh, just ahead of Mark Lawrence.

Youngsters Bradley Purvis, Connor Leason and Cameron Walker were identified as good prospects whose development in the First XI would be watched closely.

The club’s second XI finished third in their division to earn promotion within the restructure of the league.

The batting award went to Rory O’Connor, who had a top score of 98 not out, while the bowling award was picked up by James Stewart.

The Graham Smith award for the fastest 50 in the first XI went to Andy Kemp, who took 76 balls, while the George Shiel award, for the fastest 50 in the second XI, went to Rory O’Connor.

Young player of the year was won by Connor Leason.

At an earlier meeting, the AGM was held where Mark Lawrence was selected as first XI captain.

Colin Blacket will once again lead the second XI, Ryan Kirkup was selected as vice-captain.

The midweek side have a new skipper in Rory O’Connor.