Kemp bowls Blyth into a strong position before weather takes over

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Blyth Cricket Club first XI played host to league leaders Stocksfield at Plessey Road last Saturday.

And it looked like a shock was on the cards before rain intervened to end proceedings.

Blyth had to make two late changes with Cameron Walker getting injured playing rugby on Friday night and Andy Sutherland being unavailable.

Batting first Stocksfield opened up with Henderson and Bewick while Andy Kemp and Phil Kinnair took the ball for Blyth.

After a wayward first over Kemp got his radar spot on when he made the breakthrough, bowling Bewick with the third ball of his second over.

Archer came in and moved the score onto 16 before Kemp made another breakthrough when he had Henderson caught by Smith for ten.

Archer was joined by Patterson and the pair pushed the score along and added 19 runs before Kemp struck again, Archer caught by Purma for nine.

Marrison was next in while Silva came on to replave Kinnair, and two overs later Kemp took his fourth wicket when keeper Quinn caught Patterson for nine.

Three runs later Silva struck when he trapped Marrison lbw for four.

Wood and Whiley were together when the rain came with Stocksfield on 48-5.

When play resumed the overs were reduced to 42, however, with two further delays the game was down to 35 overs a side.

Lawrence came on for Kemp and made a breakthrough when Kemp caught Whiley for six with the score on 63.

Wood and Thirwell had moved the score on to 100 when Wood was caught in two minds and chipped a return catch to Lawrence and went for 29.

Thirwell followed three balls later when Ebdale took a superb catch in the deep.

One run later Emerson Brown was ran out on the final ball for four as Stocksfield totalled 104-8.

Blyth’s bowling figures were A Kemp 4-17, P Kinnair 0-25, RS Silva 1-22, M Lawrence 3-20 and D Ebdale 0-14.

Blyths reply began with Andy Clark and C Purma and they scored ten from the first over.

Brown opened up from the Rugby end and struck with his first ball when he trapped Purma lbw for nine.

Kinnair came into join Clark and soon sent Brown to the fence with for four. Another two from the next ball and Blyth were on 20-1 when the rain came off 3.3 overs.

With no way play could restart the game was called off.

Blyth 9 points

Stocksfield 6 points

Blyth’s second XI game at Blue Flames was halted after 13 overs with Blyth in a good position. Harwood was the only wicket to fall without scoring. James Stewart was 19 not out and Darren Carr 20 not out.

Blue Flames 5 points

Blyth 5 points

Next week Blyth first XI are at home against Kirkley with a 1pm start.

This game is another one they need to win to ease their relgation worries. They are now 25 points above the drop zone with three games left.

Blyth seconds are away to Stobswood seconds with a 1.30pm start.