Blyth seconds end season with a good win

BLYTH Seconds finished their short season with a remarkable win at home against Kirkley.

Home skipper young Ryan Kirkup asked the visitors to bat first, but bowlers O’Connor and Purvis struggled to get a breakthrough against some big hitting from Burn as he raced to 50 off 40 balls.

Gill came on to take over from O’Connor and finally got the wicket his side needed.

With the score on 83 he bowled Burn for 62. Gill then removed the other opener one run later.

With Blyth’s bowlers gaining the upper hand the run rate reduced, but Potter, a good junior, scored 40 from 59 balls.

But Blyth stuck to their task and what looked like a score set to be well over 200 ended with Kirkley closing on 187-6.

Blyth’s bowling figures were R O’Connor 0- 43, B Purvis 0-35, J Stewart 1-31, A Gill 3-32 and M Stewart 2-32.

The home side’s reply got off to a great start with Kirkup and O’Connor putting on 61 for the first wicket in 11 overs.

O’Connor was first to go, bowled by Cheek for 31.

Cheek then had J Stewart caught without scoring. Routledge and Kirkup added 68 for the third wicket before the latter finally fell when he was caught for 45 – by far his best inning for a long time.

Gill joined Routledge, however, Routledge was caught in the deep for an excellent 47.

Young Bradley Purvis came into join Gill and these two gradually pushed the score along.

However, young Purvis perished going for a lofted drive after a 29-run partnership.

M Stewart came in with 13 runs needed from 15 balls.

Gill then hit three consecutive fours to get within one run.

The third ball of the 39th over saw Stewart hit the winning runs for a five-wicket win.

Gill remained 31 not out and Stewart four not out.

Kirkley’s bowling figures were D Potter 0-13, J Rooke 0-33, D Cheek 2-32, M Yeoman 1-32, R Burn 2-44 and R Walker 0-16.

Blyth 28 points, Kirkley 7 points.

On Saturday Blyth first XI play their last game at home against Blue Flames. This game starts at noon.