Blyth seconds go down fighting against Stobswood

On a cold and windy afternoon at Plessey Road, Blyth seconds went down to a six-wicket defeat to Stobswood.

It was a much-improved batting display from the seconds with new signings Dickie Glass and Stu Fletcher playing their first game for the club.

James Stewart and Glass opened the batting for the home side and put on 27 for the first wicket before Stewart was deceived by a late in-swinger from Urwin and went for 12.

Young came in and hit a quick 25 before he became Urwin’s second victim.

O’Connor was next to join Glass and they saw the two opening bowlers off. However, in Mollon’s second over O’Connor missed a full toss and was bowled for five.

Gill came in to join Glass with the score on 70. Slowly they moved the score along with Glass being the more aggressive, gradually picking up batting points on the way.

The pair stayed together until the final over. With the score on 161 Glass played on against Mollon for an excellent 89 including ten fours and three sixes. With five more runs added Blyth finished on 166-5, Gill finishing 25 not out and Thompson unbeaten on five.

Stobswood bowling figures were S Urwin 2-29, K Dullighan 0-18, A Toddhunter 0-50 and A Mollon 3-58.

Dullaghan and Black opened the innings for Stobswood and the former was in no mood to hang around.

The pair had moved the score onto 42 when a slower ball from O’Connor deceived Dullaghan and Ben Blackett held on to a skier. It was an excellent catch considering the cold conditions. Dullaghan went for 29 including seven fours.

Two overs later O’Connor struck again when Mark Stewart caught new batsman Townsley for one.

Black and Toddhunter then put on 44 for the third wicket before Toddhunter was caught by Glass off Gill for 16.

Mollon followed in the next over when Glass caught him off Young without scoring.

Black reached his 50 off 39 balls with six fours and one six and he and Reynolds held firm to pass Blyth’s total in 30.1 overs.

Black ended up 90 not with 12 fours and one six. Reynolds was 24 not out.

Blyth 6 points

Stobswood 26 points

On Saturday Blyth seconds are away to local rivals Cramlington at the Sporting Club at 1.30pm.