AFTER a lengthy delay due to wet weather, Blyth closed the gap on the teams above them in a game reduced to 25 overs.
Blyth skipper Lawrence won the toss and put visitors GEMS in to bat.
After an initial tight spell by Kemp and Dent, both visiting batsmen opened their shoulders and the run rate increased.
Singh came on to replace Dent and in his second over got the breakthrough, Mashin (34) got under a lofted drive and Nash waiting at deep mid-on held on to a superb catch.
M Hussain came in to join Krishna, the pair continuing to find the boundary with ease with un-orthodox batting.
Then just after Lawrence failed to catch Hussain, two balls later he held on to the second chance and Hussain departed for 16 from the bowling of Singh.
Lawrence then got in on the act when Krishna went for another big hit and was caught by Barakat at deep mid-on for 22. T Alam was next to depart, bowled Lawrence for six.
Shahid and F Ahmed with some big hitting increased the run rate again.
But again, the big hitting was Shahid’s downfall when Cotterill caught him at deep mid-off off the bowling of Lawrence for 24.
R Rehman joined Ahmed and the big hitting continued. Lawrence was at it again with a slower ball Ahmed was trapped lbw for 20.
A Ahmed joined Rehman for the last two overs, with Rehman on strike he saw the visitors past their third batting point. Rehman remained 31 not out with A Ahmed three not out.
Blyth’s bowling figures were Kemp 0-35, Dent 0-30 Singh 2-41 and Lawrence 4-51.
Blyth’s reply began with Dent and G Sutherland opening the batting. Both batsmen were playing and missing against the bowling of Khalil and T Alam.
It was Khalil who got the breakthrough for the visitors when he bowled Sutherland for three.
Skipper Lawrence came in and joined Dent. This pair increased the run rate to more than four and over before Lawrence was caught behind by F Ahmed off the bowling of Khalil for 11.
Dent fell soon afterwards when he edged a ball from Alam to keeper Ahmed for 16.
Kemp and G Cotterill then pushed the run rate above what was required with the visitors responding by pushing fielders back on the boundary. Both batsmen had some luck with fielders dropping simple catches.
However, disaster stuck when Kemp flicked a ball to mid-wicket once again the fielder spilled the chance. Cotterill had set off for a run but was sent back and was run out for 17.
Quinn and Kemp continued to pile on the runs with the help of some dreadful fielding.
Quinn’s luck finally ran out when he was bowled by Shahid for 21.
Barakat went in to join Kemp, but Kemp was to perish when Shahid also bowled him for 47.
Nash and Barakat with out much trouble saw Blyth home to victory. Barakat remained 12 not out with Nash 26 not out.
Blyth 26 points
Gems 6 points
BLYTH were no match for division leaders Blagdon.
Batting first, Blyth had a superb innings from Andy Rowell of 66 in their total. F Carrighan with 17 was the only other batsman to reach double figures. They found the bowling of Simpson too good as he took 6-25.
Skipper Bain led Blagdon’s reply with 45, even though they lost wickets at intervals, they were never in any trouble reaching their target.
Blagdon 30 points; Blyth 5 points.
Next Saturday Blyth make the trip to Wardley for a return fixture against GEMS with a 1pm start, while the second team are at home against Blue Flames with a 1.30pm start.