Kemp bowls Blyth into strong position before rain arrives

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Blyth’s game against Clara Vale was curtailed by rain half way through the first innings with the score at 167-7.

The first XI fielded in their game at Clara and could not have got off to a better start as Andy Kemp sent both openers back in his first two overs.

Clara Vale opened up with S Ameen and U Saeed, and with his last ball of the first over Ameen was caught by Quinn without scoring.

Then with the second ball of his second over, after Saeed had hit, him for a four, Kemp trapped him lbw for six.

Rehan and Coulson staged a fight back with Rehan finding the fence on four occaisions.

However, Kemp finally broke the partnership with a smart piece of stumping by Quinn to send Coulson back for two.

Kemp took his fourth wicket in his next over when he bowled R Ahmed without scoring.

Clara were four wickets down for just 30 runs.

Next man in was Ashraf, and in just 40 balls he changed the game around.

Rehan and Ashraf added 38 before Kinnair trapped Rehan lbw for 28.

S Alvi and Ashraf added 52 for the sixth wicket with some big hitting in just five overs.

However, Singh sent Alvi back when he trapped him for 18.

New batsman Iqbal soon departed for three when Kemp caught him off the bowling of Ebdale.

Ashraf and Mohammed plundered another 34 runs in just over four overs when the game was brought to a halt.

Ashraf remained 73 not out, hitting six sixes and six fours. His 50 came from just 29 balls. Mohammed remained ten not out.

Blyth bowling figures were A Kemp 4-36, P Kinnair 1-31, R Silva 0-27, S Singh 1-32 and D Ebdale 1-25.

Clara Vale 8 points

Blyth 8 points

Meanwhile Blyth seconds were 107-1 when their game was called off.

After an early set back losing James Stewart for a duck, Darren Carr and Rory O’Connor took the game by the scruff of the neck.

Both batsmen soon got to grips with the Clara bowling.

O’Connor certainly pulled the bowling apart with Carr being the supportive partner.

The pair added 105 runs in just 17 overs including 16 boundaries.

When the game was called off Carr was 24 not out with Connor chasing a century at 72 not out, including ten fours and two sixes.

Blyth 7 points

Clara Vale 5 points

Next weekend Blyth first XI are at home to Ashington Rugby Cricket Club, which will see Chris Harwood back at the club, with a 1pm start. The second team are away to Monkseaton seconds at Churchill Playing Fields with a 1.30pm start.