Blyth win the league after other results go their way

BLYTH’S game with Ashington Rugby Club went the same way as many on Saturday as the rain forced an abandonment.

This, coupled with nearest rivals Kirkley’s failure to beat Stobswood, means Blyth are now league champions with an unassailable 64-point lead.

Blyth’s game was called off with Ashington on 129-5.

Blyth opened up with Allen and Thompson against Harwood and Maddison.

Both bowlers failed to get an early breakthrough, although Quinn dropped Maddison off Allen.

Dent came on for Thompson in the 16th over and maintained the tight grip as Lawrence then replaced Allen.

Blyth skipper Lawrence made the breakthrough when he had Harwood caught by Quinn for 29.

This was in the 25th over with Ashington on 38.

Hetherington came in and made his intentions clear by getting off the mark with a four.

Singh replaced Dent in what turned out to be an inspired bowling change.

His second ball had Hetherington cutting straight to Stewart at point.

Milburn came in to join Maddison and this pair started picking up the run rate.

But Singh struck again, trapping Maddison lbw for a dogged 35.

He then got his third wicket when Milburn placed the ball straight to Rowell who took a simple catch and he want for 27.

Tanney was the last wicket to fall before the rain came – Allen taking the catch off Dent.

Blyth’s bowling figures were A Allen 0-16, K Thompson 0-11, D Dent 1-24, M Lawrence 1-44 and Singh 3-33.

Ashington Rugby CC 7 points

Blyth 7 points

n Blyth seconds’ game at Blue Flames was also unfinished.

Blue Flames seconds scored 110 -5 from 29 overs

Blyth skipper Cotterill made an early breakthrough when keeper Lawrence caught Bell for three.

Phillips then caught Gummafu off Cotterill for three before Cotterill struck again, bowling Aleti for one.

Bradley Purvis struck in his second over when Murphy edged one to Lawrence for 22.

Carrighan was next on and in the wickets in his second over when Cotterill took a one handed catch to dismiss Purvis for 19.

This was the last wicket to fall before the rain came.

Blyth bowling figures were G Cotterill 3-17, J Phillips 0-30, B Purvis 1-33, F Carrighan 1-25.

Blue Flames 7 points

Blyth 7 points

On Saturday Blyth’s first XI are away to Kirkley with a 12.30pm start, while the second team are at home to Bomarsund with a 1.30pm start.