Bowlers dominate as Blyth lose low scoring game to Corbridge

Blyth suffered a 17-run defeat at Corbridge on Saturday.

Corbridge batted first with Ryan and Smurthwaite opening, while Kinnair and Silva took the ball for Blyth.

The bowlers were well on top with only ten runs coming from the first seven overs before Silva made the breakthrough when he bowled Smurthwaite, who went without scoring after a 30-minute stay at the wicket.

Fowler was next in and Kinnair sent him back in his next over when keeper Quinn caught him for one.

Kinnair firmly put Blyth in the driving seat when he struck twice more in consecutive overs. Percival was bowled for two then Dover was bowled without scoring as Corbridge stood at 21-4.

Atkinson was next in to join Ryan and he hit the first boundary of the game in Kinnair’s last over.

This partnership proved vital to the outcome of the game as they saw off both Kinnair and Silva.

Lawrence came on for Kinnair and Singh replaced Silva.

At this point the run rate increased as the pair put together a 49-run partnership.

It was broken when Ryan’s dogged innings brought to an end as Quinn caught him off the bowling of Singh for 32. His innings lasted 108 minutes and he faced 78 balls.

Robinson came in but departed in the next over for two as Quinn took his third catch, this time off Lawrence.

Atkinson’s innings came to end in Lawrence’s next over when he was caught by Silva for 27.

Hardy and Garrett pushed the score towards the first batting point, but on 95 Singh, brought Hardy’s innings to an end when Lawrence caught him for 19.

Singh struck again when he brought Corbridge’s innings to a close at 100, bowling Garrett for five as Noble remained nought not out.

Blyth bowling figures were P Kinnair 3-18, R Silva 1-20, M Lawrence 2-38 and S Singh 3-21.

Blyth’s reply began with Roberts and Purma while Hardy and Ryan opened the bowling for the home side.

Hardy struck first when he trapped Roberts lbw for one.

The score had moved on to 20 when Ryan trapped Purma lbw for 13.

Smith and Kinnair were at the wicket when Dover came into the attack in place of Ryan, and he struck with his fourth ball when Ryan caught Smith for four.

Lawerence came in but his stay was short lived and he was trapped lbw by Hardy for five.

O’Connor and Kinnair staged a fight back and looked set for a useful stand as Blyth moved on to 55.

But they lost two quick wickets as Dover trapped O’Connor lbw for ten then two balls later Kirkup was bowled by Dover without scoring.

Rowell came in to join Kinnair and they slowly pushed the score closer to their target. But Hardy came back into the attack to replace Dover and from having the win in sight, Blyth’s batting frailties returned.

They lost three wickets with the score on 70. Rowell was first to go when he was caught by Atkinson off Hardy for nine. Fowler ended Kinnair’s stay, when he caught and bowled him for 12, then Hardy then trapped Quinn lbw without scoring.

Silva tried to steer Blyth to their total but when on 11 he was caught by Ryan off Fowler and they were all out for 83.

Corbridge’s bowling figures were D Hardy 4-23, M Ryan 1-13, A Dover 3-19 and C Fowler 2-17.

Blyth need three points from their last game, which is at home against Tillside with a 12.30pm start.

Corbridge 30 points

Blyth 5 points