Blyth spin twins skittle Bates Cottages

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Blyth first XI gained another vital win to keep them above the relegation battle when they overcame Bates Cottages by four wickets.

Bates batted first and had no answer to the onslaught from the Blyth bowlers as they were dismissed for 85.

Kinnair took the first wicket as he sent Turnbull back with the third ball of his first over for nought.

He then took his second wicket when keeper Quinn caught Golightly for one.

Merryweather and Elliott weathered the onslaught and gradually built up a useful partnership with singles and the aid of extras.

Lawrence came into the attack with the score on 36 while Kinnair was replaced by Singh as Blyth had both spinners in operation.

The score had moved on to 53 when Singh had Merryweather out to a smart stumping by Quinn.

Two balls later Singh sent Bates skipper Baston back to the pavilion, trapped lbw for nought.

With seven runs added, Bates’ afternoon was made worse when Lawrence claimed three wickets in two overs.

A Doyle and Heathcoat were both bowled before Telford was out lbw, also for nought.

Elliott, who had been watching all this from the other end hit, Singh for successive fours, but Singh gained revenge when keeper Quinn caught him next ball for a dogged 29 including five fours.

C Doyle hit a six off Lawrence then took a single. However, at the other end facing Singh, he was beaten all ends up by the first ball and was bowled for seven.

Singh finished the innings off when keeper Quinn took his third catch to send Craggs back for two while Dennis remained eight not out.

Blyth Bowling figures were A Kemp 0-15, P Kinnair 2-1, Lawrence 3-22, S Singh 5-22.

The normally solid Roberts and Purma began Blyth’s reply, but Baston made the breakthrough in the fifth over, bowling Purma for eight.

Baston took himself off after four overs and brought on slow bowler Cragg, and the change worked, Roberts who had taken four from his bowling was trapped lbw on the last ball of the over for seven.

Sutherland went in Craggs’ next over when he was caught by C Doyle without scoring.

Skipper Lawrence was next in, hoping to continue his fine form of last week. He hit Telford for a couple of fours and then a single, but he was out in Craggs’ next over when he was trapped lbw for 11.

It looked the Blyth batting frailties were coming back to haunt them as Elliott came on to replace Telford and A Doyle was caught by Smith for six.

Blyth were 37-5 in the 16th over. Kinnair and O’Connor were at the wicket and the latter upped the tempo, hitting three fours off Elliott.

At this point Baston brought himself back on, once again, and it worked as he caught and bowled O’Connor in his second over for 13.

Blyth were 55-6 with Kinnair and Kemp at the wicket.

In just four overs Kemp blasted Blyth to victory, hitting four fours and a six. Kinnair finished six not out and Kemp 29 not out from just 19 balls.

Bates bowling figures were P Baston 2-25, M Telford 0-22, D Cragg 3-11, M Elliott 1-13 and Merryweather 0-11.

Bates Cottages 3 points

Blyth 25 points

On Saturday Blyth host league leaders Stocksfield at 1pm.