Harwood sinks former club with an unbeaten century

Blyth opener Chris Harwood on his way to 123 not out against his former club Ashington RCC. Picture by Ian Appleby
Blyth opener Chris Harwood on his way to 123 not out against his former club Ashington RCC. Picture by Ian Appleby
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Blyth eased away from the relegation area with a 120-run destruction of Ashington Rugby CC.

Blyth skipper Mark Lawrence won the toss and decided to bat at the overcast Plessey Road ground.

David Dent and Chris Harwood opened the batting, with skipper Dean Greaves opening the bowling from the Rugby for the visitors while Connor Milburn opened up from the Plessey Road end.

Both batsmen played some excellent shots and brought up the 50 partnership in the 16th over before the rain came.

Thirty minutes was lost and the game was reduced to 45 overs per side.

In an effort to find a wicket, Ashington brought on Matthew Tanney and Bernie Tanney.

In his third over Matty Tanney has Dent caught by Greaves for 41 after he mistimed a lofted drive with the score on 85.

Rory O’Connor came in but went for two, out lbw to Bernie Tanney.

Gary Cotterill joined Harwood, who brought up his 50 from 69 balls in 97 minutes.

The score rattled along and Harwood reached his century in the 41st over with a wonderful cover drive off Milburn. His 100 coming off 119 balls in 152 minutes.

Cotterill and Harwood brought up the century partnership in the next over.

Cotterill finally fell to the finall ball of the last over when he edged to keeper Chris Scott off Matty Tanney for 41. Harwood and Cotterill put together a 133-run partnership.

Lawrence came in and hit two fours and a single from three balls and Harwood played out the final two balls to finish on 123 not out from 130 balls. He hit 18 fours and a six. Ashington’s bowling figures were D Greaves 0-47, C Milburn 0-51, M Tanney 2-87 and B Tanney 1-43.

In reply, Ashington were never really in the hunt.

Opener Matty Tanney top scored with 44 with Cory Milburn hitting 21 and Robert Clark 17, but no one else reached double figures as they were all out for 114, which included a 40-minute rain break.

Blyth’s bowling figures were Dent 1- 54, David Ebdale 3-18, Lawrence 3-15 and Andy Kemp 3-21.

Blyth 30 points

Ashington Rugby CC 2 points

Next Saturday Blyth first eleven are away to second placed Blagdon Park.

Blyth seconds play their final game of the season at home against Kirkley.

Both games start at 1pm.