Blyth’s second XI finally secure a win

Blyth’s second team came good on Saturday as they overcame Monkseaton seconds by eight runs.

The home side batted first and Monkseaton tried to exploit Blyth’s batting woes, but their efforts came unstuck.

Blyth had good knocks from Kevin Hudspith (54), including six fours and two sixes, and Nobby Gill (35) who with Hudspith held the middle order together with a 63-run partnership.

Andy Rowell (23) chipped in with runs as Blyth totalled 201-9.

Monkseaton’s best bowler was Champkin with 3-15.

Monkseaton’s reply fell short and was mainly held together by a stubborn innings from skipper Kevin Elliott, who batted for 37 overs for his 82, including 11 fours and one six, as they totalled 193-7.

Most of Blyth’s bowlers picked up wickets in a good all round performance.

Blyth 28 points

Monkseaton 9 points

Meanwhile Blyth first XI reached the semi-final of the Thomas Wilson Cup with a four-wicket win over Cramlington at Plessey Road.

They now travel to face Berwick in the semi-final on Tuesday, July 7, with a 6pm start.

Next weekend both Blyth sides play against Bates Cottages. The first XI take on league leaders at Plessey Road with a 1pm start while the seconds are away with a 1.30pm start.