Blyth fall six runs short of target

Blyth suffered an agonising six-run defeat at Berwick on Saturday.

The visitors’ bowlers proved to strong for the Berwick batsmen, but it was again some bad batting which let them down.

Berwick batting first started with a good partnership between Premachandra and Elliott as Ebdale and Smith opened the bowling.

It was Smith who struck first when he had Elliott caught by Roberts for 15.

Ebdale was next to strike when he trapped Wales lbw for 11.

Blyth skipper Lawrence made two bowling changes, bringing Singh and himself on.

This saw Blyth take control of proceedings as Lawrence struck when Walker caught Premachandra for 27.

Singh struck again when he caught and bowled Mark without scoring.

Pattison was next to go when he was trapped lbw by Lawrence for five and then Singh then had the dangerous Middlemist caught by Harwood for 13.

Bird was bowled by Lawrence for two while Woodcock hung around for a while and scored some valuable runs to take his side to their first batting point.

He fell when Singh had him caught by Smith for 19, and Farish became Singh’s fourth wicket when Walker caught him for two.

Cam Walker finished off the innings at 116 when Quinn stumped Thompson without scoring.

Blyth gave away 21 extras which on reflection was the deciding factor.

Blyth’s bowling figures were D Ebdale 1-31, C Smith 1-23, M Lawrence 3-27 S Singh 4-16 and C Walker 1-8.

Blyth, with Dent unavailable, relied on the other experienced players in the side.

But while Lawrence, who scored over 40, had a good partnership with Smith and nearly saw Blyth home, once again too many failed with the bat as they were all out for 110.

Berwick 26 points

Blyth 6 points

On Saturday Blyth are at home against Tillside with a 1 pm start.