Blyth win vital fixture against Kirkley

In a must win game Blyth proved too strong for Kirkley and ran out winners by 148 runs.

Batting first, Blyth welcomed back Peter Roberts to open with Chan Purma.

But Smith and Turnbull opened the bowling for the visitors and the first wicket fell with the score on 11 as Purma was trapped lbw by Smith for two.

Craig Smith came in and the score was pushed along for the next five overs before once again Smith made a breakthrough, bowling Roberts for 20 with the score on 31.

Storey came on to replace Turnbull for the tenth over and Craig Smith sent his first ball racing to the boundary.

Andy Clark, who had joined Craig Smith hit two fours off Storey’s third over. However, Storey got his man in his next over when he bowled Clark for eight with the score on 59.

Skipper Lawrence was next in as the Kirkley skipper made another bowling change, taking off Smith and bringing on Burns.

Craig Smith and Lawrence set about the bowling,

Storey took himself out of the attack after Smith scored ten then 11 in two overs and brought Ritchie on.

Smith and Lawrence brought the 50 partnership up in the 27th over.

Smith brought his own 50 up with a four off Burns, however, the bowler got his man in his next over when Smith went for another big shot and was caught by Farrelly for 57. Smith had struck 11 fours and one six.

Blyth were now 122-4 with 21 overs remaining.

Andy Sutherland joined Lawrence did not hang around while Smith was brought back into the bowling attack, but after two balls he received a facial injury and left the field and Storey came back on to finish the over.

Lawrence and Sutherland added 43 runs in just six overs before the latter was bowled by Storey for 26.

Lawrence followed next over when Turnbull trapped him lbw for 31.

Andy Kemp came in and destroyed Storey, smashing him for five fours. However, Turnbull stopped the onslaught when he bowled Kemp for 29.

Quinn came and went for one, bowled by Turnbull.

Blyth had reached full batting points as Ebdale came in, however, he was trapped lbw off Turnbull for one.

Singh and Silva added 12 for the final wicket when Turnbull grabbed his fifth wicket, bowling Silva for four. Singh remained ten not out.

Kirkley bowling figures were C Smith 2-14, J Turnbull 5-38, A Storey 2-78, R Burns 1-63 and Ritchie 0-16.

Turnbull figures after coming back into the attack were 5-15 after conceding 23 from his first four overs.

Kirkley’s reply began with C Smith and J Ball. Kemp as normal opened the bowling from the Rugby end and with his fifth ball Kemp caught and bowled Smith for one.

Ruwan Silva bowled from the Plessy Road end but it was Kemp who struck again, bowling Storey for foour.

In Kemp’s next over Ball hit him for a six, then Middlemist found the boundary off Silva.

But revenge was sweet for Silva as keeper Quinn caught Middlemist for four.

Ritchie and Ball held firm and seemed they had got to grips with the bowling.

But Silva had other ideas and bowled Ritchie for ten.

Kirkley were 42-4 when Lawrence brought himself on to replace Kemp.

Silva struck again when he bowled ope3ner Ball for a dogged 19.

Lawrence struck in his second over when he bowled Farrelly for two.

With the scorebstill the same Silva took his fourth wicket when he bowled Foster for nought.

Silva came off after bowling nine overs and Singh replaced him, and it took him less than three overs to clean up the tail.

With his third ball he bowled Burns for four and with the second ball of his next over he caught and bowled North without scoring.

Singh wrapped up the win with the third ball of his third over when Craig Smith caught Turnbull for one.

Kirkley’s total of 76 included 19 extras in just 23.3 overs.

Blyth bowling figures were A Kemp 2-24, R Silva 4-35, M Lawrence 1-4 S Singh 3-0 and D Ebdale 0-2.

Blyth 30 points

Kirkley 5 points

On Saturday Blyth travel up the Tyne Valley to play Corbridge with the game starting at 12.30pm.