Ebdale skittles Berwick as Blyth pick up win

Blyth picked up a good five-wicket win at Berwick on Saturday with David Ebdale taking six wickets.

The win came only two days after Blyth lost to the Borderers in a cup semi-final by the same scoreline.

Ebdale came into the side for the injured Kemp with Ryan Kirkup replacing Singh.

Blyth skipper Mark Lawrence won the toss and put the home side in.

Silva and Ebdale opened the bowling, and it was the latter who made the early breakthrough with the last ball of his opening over, trapping Mark Murray lbw for two.

Anthony Murray and Martin Hush slowly moved the score along before Ebdale struck again, clean bowling Hush for seven.

Anthony Murray and James Patterson had moved the score onto 61-2 when disaster struck the home side. In just four overs their middle order was blown away, losing five wickets for just four runs.

Ebdale removed Patterson (14) and Anthony Murray (33) while David Dent dismissed Michael Shearer (0). Ebdale then struck twice more, bowling both Scott Middlemist and Mason Emery without scoring.

Sean Wales and Steven Emery steadied the home batting before Dent finally broke the partnership after 37 was added. Peter Roberts caught Wales for 22 then Lawrence cleaned up the tail, bowling Emery (18) and trapping Thompson (0) as Berwick were dismissed for 108.

Blyth’s bowling figures were Silva 0-34, Ebdale 6-24, Dent 2-24 and Lawrence 2-19.

In reply, Blyth lost Darren Carr without scoring, but Dent and Craig Smith took the score to 49-1 before the former went for 31.

Chandra Purma came in to join Smith and in just three overs they put on 21.

Wales then struck twice in two overs, firstly trapping Purma lbw for 13, then trapped skipper Lawrence lbw without scoring.

After a rain delay, Wales struck again on the resumption as Gary Quinn was caught by Middlemist for two.

Roberts was next in and with Smith they saw Blyth to victory in just 15 minutes with boundaries flowing from Roberts bat. Smith finished 23 not out and Roberts unbeaten on 21.

Berwick’s bowling figures were S Emery 2-50 and Wales 3-54.

Berwick 3 points

Blyth 30 points

Next weekend Blyth entertain Corbridge with a 1pm start.