Kirkup and Gill century partnership sees Blyth seconds to win

Blyth seconds’ stay in division two was in their own hands as they had to win and hope Monkseaton seconds lost against Blue Flames.

Cramlington batted first and had a steady start with Craddock and James Parker.

In the ninth over, Craddock mistimed a pull shot and Robinson took the catch off James Stewart.

James Parker went in Gill’s sixth over when Carr caught him for six.

Kirkup came on for Gill with Carr taking over from Stewart.

Langley and Barns started pushing the score along before Kirkup bowled Langley around his legs for 13.

Kirkup then had Barns caught by Rowell for 20 and Carr chipped in with two quick wickets, bowling both Lobb and Williams without scoring.

Kirkup tok the next wicket before Hall went caught in the slips by Gill off Kirkup for 27.

Rowell then came on for Carr and finished off the innings with keeper Harwood and C Blackett taking catches as Cramlington were all out for 141.

Blyth’s reply began with Stewart and Rowell while Parker and Langley opened the bowling for the home side.

Langley struck in his second over when he had Stewart caught at mid-off for two.

Rowell and Carr pushed the score along to 31 when Rowell went caught by S Parker from J Parker’s bowling.

Kirkup went in to join Carr but with one run added the latter went caught and bowled by Langley for six.

Gill joined Kirkup and slowly they kept the runs flowing. Both batsmen had lucky escapes in surviving dropped catches.

The run rate slowly came down and they reached their 50 partnership in the 25th over. Blyth needed 60 from 15 overs.

Kirkup brought his 50 up with a four over mid-wicket. Gill was playing second fiddle although scoring the odd boundary.

Cramlington skipper kept switching his bowlers round trying to get a breakthrough. Kirkup then found the boundary three times off S Parker with two fours and a six, bringing up the century partnership in the 34th over.

Kirkup finished the game off as he hit a four, a two and a huge six. Kirkup and Gill had an unbroken stand of 110 for the fourth wicket.

Cramlington 2nds 5 points

Blyth 2nds 30 points