Blyth suffer 60-run defeat to Tillside

Young Blyth bowler Cameron Walker took 5-35 but still finished on the losing side against Tillside. Picture by Ian Appleby
Young Blyth bowler Cameron Walker took 5-35 but still finished on the losing side against Tillside. Picture by Ian Appleby

Tillside certainly made hay while the sun shone at Plessey Road on Saturday as they beat Blyth by 60 runs.

Openers Culham and Turnbull got off to a great start as Blyth bowlers Kemp and Ebdale struggled against the free-flowing stroke play.

It was just past the half way mark when Blyth finally got their first wicket when Culham was run out for 57.

Turnbull and L Whitty then pushed the score along.

Young Cameron Walker was brought on and this proved to be the spark the home side needed.

With 20 overs left Tillside were 185-1 when Walker bowled M Whitty for 39.

He followed this up in his next over when he bowled Hindmarsh for three.

Lawrence then took the wicket of Turnbull when he bowled him for an excellent 81.

The skipper was again in the wickets when he trapped McCreath lbw for three then bowled S Whitty without scoring.

Walker came into his own when Quinn stumped S Culhan for 21 and he then bowled R Hindmarsh without scoring.

He then took his first five-wicket haul for the first XI when he trapped Bell lbw, also without scoring.

McGregor remained eight not out and A Hindmarsh five not out.

It was a good fight back from the home side, whose bowling figures were A Kemp 0-51, D Ebdale 0-26, D Dent 0-45, M Lawrence 3-59 and C Walker 5-35.

Blyth’s reply began with Dent and Harwood and the pair went for their shots from the word go.

They brought up the 50 partnership in the tenth over before moving the score along to 83 before Tillside struck.

Harwood went lbw for 35 and Routledge came in to join Dent, but the opener was soon out when he was bowled by M Whitty for 35.

Skipper Lawrence came in, but after hitting a four he was trapped lbw by M Whitty for four.

Quinn was out for three, then Routledge departed for an excellent 32.

Kemp came in and pushed the score along with O’Connor, however, he departed when McGregor bowled him for 13.

Smith came in and went when he was bowled by Hindmarsh for six and Ebdale was soon following for four.

Walker came and went without scoring and Blackett was last in to join O’Connor.

At this point O’Connor struck some lusty blows and nearly gained Blyth another batting point, but he fell going for another big shot and was bowled by 23.

Blyth 7 points

Tillside 30 points

On Saturday Blyth are away to league leaders Bedlington at 1pm.