Blyth enter relegation battle as disastrous run continues

Blyth celebrate seeing Warkworth batsman Keith Puddephatt bowled. Picture by Ian Appleby
Blyth celebrate seeing Warkworth batsman Keith Puddephatt bowled. Picture by Ian Appleby

Warkworth condemned Blyth to another defeat on Saturday, which leaves them in a relegation battle.

Kemp gave Blyth a good start when he bowled Gibson for nought as Warkworth batted first.

But this early success failed to bring any more glory.

Dargue and Pringle slowly but a useful stand before Walker bowled Dargue for 21.

Puddephatt and Pringle then held firm with another half-century stand.

It looked like Blyth would be chasing in excess of 200, however, with the introduction of skipper Lawrence, the pendulum swung back in Blyth’s way.

He dismissed both Pringle, lbw for 56, then Puddephatt for 40.

Wickets began to fall at regular intervals with Dent getting in on the act.

Hall was next to go when Quinn caught him off Dent for two, Douglas went caught by Ebdale off Lawrence without scoring, Anderson was bowled by Dent for eight, Clark became Lawrence’s fourth wicket when Harwood caught him for one and Walker came back on and took his second wicket when Dent caught Spoors for four.

Doyle remained defiant with 12 not out and last man Carruthers 7 not out.

Blyth’s bowling figures were A Kemp 1-25, D Ebdale 0-27, D Dent 2-46, C Walker 2-44 and M Lawrence 4-15.

Blyth’s reply was their best start of the season with Dent and Harwood, the former looking good until he went for 22.

Clark came in to join Harwood and the score moved along at a steady rate. However, the batting frailties were soon exposed.

Harwood went for 38 caught by Douglas off Hall and Clark was trapped lbw by Hall for 13.

The middle order then collapsed. Lawrence was caught and bowled by Hall for four, and he then bowled Cotterill for two, Kemp was stumped by Dargue off Doyle without scoring and Rowell was trapped lbw by Hall for four.

Ebdale came in and stuck got his head down, but Quinn was caught by Doyle off Carruthers for nine and Blackett went lbw without scoring to give Hall his seventh wicket.

Walker was next in and the youngster and Ebdale showed how it should be done.

They gradually moved the score along and were looking to give Blyth an unexpected victory.

However, Clark had other ideas and he finally broke the 40-plus run partnership when he bowled Walker for 22. Ebdale remained 19 not out.

Warkworth’s bowling figures were M Clark 1-33, A Hall 7-41, W Pringle 0-22, B Doyle 1-19 and R Carruthers 1-21.

Warkworth 28 points

Blyth 6 points

On Saturday Blyth are at home to local rivals Bates Cottages with a 1pm start while the second are at Bates Cottages, also with a 1pm start.