It was another outstanding bowling performance from Blyth’s David Ebdale that set up a quick-fire win over Corbridge on Saturday.
The game was done and dusted in under three hours as Blyth passed Corbridge’s meagre 72 total inside 15 overs with eight wickets in hand.
Home skipper Mark Lawrence won the toss and put the visitors in.
The score had moved on to 13 when Ebdale struck with the first ball of his fifth over as Atkinson was trapped lbw for eight.
Douglas McKendrick was then cleaned bowled first ball, but visiting skipper Christopher Fowler sent Ebdale’s hat-trick ball to the boundary.
However, Ebdale gained revenge in his next over when he clean bowled Fowler for four.
Things got worse for the visitors when Ebdale claimed his fourth wicket for just 13 runs when he bowled opener Simon Walker for six.
Silva then got in on the act as he bowled Jack Garrett for four.
The score had moved onto 57-6 when Silva trapped Graeme Tiffin lbw for one. Gary van Doorn came in but a smart piece of fielding from Cameron Walker hitting the stumps saw the end of Mike Stephenson for a top score of 11. Silva trapped van Doorn lbw without scoring and Lawrence finished the innings off when he bowled Simon Willis for one.
Daniel Craigie remained three not out and the score of 72 contained 34 extras.
Blyth’s wicket-takers were Ebdale 5-19, RS Silva 3-32 and Lawrence 1-6.
David Dent and Darren Carr opened the batting for the home side and they scored 14 from the first over, and after four overs Blyth had raced to 28.
Hardy got the visitors’ first wicket when he trapped Carr lbw for six. Chandra Purma was the only other wicket to fall as he was caught on the square leg boundary by McKendrick for 15 off Craigie.
Dent and Kevin Hudspith saw the home side home as they finished unbeaten on 24 and nine respectively.
Blyth 30 points
Corbridge 1 point
Blyth seconds’ game at Corbridge was called off as Blyth were unable to field a team after a number of cry-offs on the Friday evening.
On Saturday Blyth first XI are at Etal to play second placed Tillside with a 1pm start.
The second team are at home against Clara Vale seconds with a 1.30pm start.