Carr and Carrigan half centuries set up Blyth seconds win

Being asked to bat first at a windy Stobswood, Blyth seconds opener Darren Carr led from the front with an excellent half century.

Carr finally departed for 55 when going for a big shot over the top.

He was backed up by Fran Carrigan, who matched him with probably one of his best knocks for Blyth with 57 not out.

Ryan Kirkup weighed in with 26 and skipper Colin Blackett scored 37.

For Stobswood, Urwin took two wickets with Smith and Rogerson taking one each.

Stobswood’s reply started slowly with some tight bowling from Thompson and James Stewart.

Stewart made the early breakthrough when he sent both openers back in the tenth and 12th overs.

Hudson went for three while Michael Watson went for 18.

Dale Townsey, who can be dangerous, made his intent clear from the first ball as he raced to 27 before he got a bottom edge and was bowled by Thompson.

At halfway Stobswood were 54-3.

Kirkup came on for Thompson and in his second over sent Reynolds and Smith back to the pavilion, Reynolds for two and Smith for four.

Urwin and Garthwaite hung around, however, the latter went for a big hit to leg and was caught by Michael Stewart off Kirkup for 16.

Spears came in to join Urwin and they pushed the score past the 100 mark before Mark Stewart came on to have a rare bowl, and with his fifth ball he bowled Urwin for 20.

Then with the fifth ball of his next over he bowled Spears for 21.

Paul Robinson came on for Kirkup and took the final two wickets in his first over.

Blyth 30 points

Stobswood 5 points

On Saturday the second XI entertain Corbridge seconds with a 1.30pm start.