Monkseaton are put to the sword by Blyth bowlers

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BLYTH completed a home win over Monkseaton on Saturday.

With the welcome return of players missing from last week, along with David Dent back from his football commitments, Blyth looked a much better side.

On an overcast day at Plessey Road, Blyth put the visitors in.

Kemp opened up from the Rugby ground end and straight away he had openers Elliott and Tunstall playing and missing.

However, it was Thompson who made the breakthrough in the sixth over when he trapped Elliott lbw for 12.

Blyth skipper Lawrence made a double change, Thompson was replaced by Singh, and he came on in place of Kemp.

Tunstall and Faulkner had put on a 40-run partnership before Singh broke the pairing when he bowled Tunstall for a dogged 16.

Faulkner followed shorlty after, caught by Cotterill for 31 off Singh.

Beaver joined Owen Rankin but was soon out when Gill held on to a slip catch off the bowling of Lawrence.

Skipper Kleyhans was next but lasted only two balls. He pulled a short ball from Lawrence and Clarke took the catch.

Singh then had Rankin caught by keeper Quinn for 28 before Windass fell in Singh’s next over, lbw for eight.

Bulter hit a quick 20 but went for one shot to many and Cotterill took the catch to give Dent his first wicket of the season.

Dent then had Coulton caught by Lawrence for 11.

Kemp finally got the wicket his performance deserved when he bowled Greg Rankin.

Blyth’s bowling figures were A Kemp 1-19, Thompson 1-28, Singh 4- 22, Lawrence 2 -53 and Dent 2-16.

Blyth opened up with Dent and Clarke. The pair had put on 58 when Clarke played a loose shot off Rankin and was caught at gully by Elliott for 18.

Lawrence came in and was dropped on his third ball.

He made the visitors pay as he and Dent moved Blyth close to their target before the latter was bowled by Butler for 44.

G Sutherland joined Lawrence, but the skipper’s luck ran out when on 48 he pulled Beaver to deep square leg and Coulton held on to the catch.

Lawrence was dropped six times during his innings.

Kemp joined Sutherland and these two saw Blyth safely home to a seven-wicket victory as both finished unbeaten on eight.

Monkseatons bowling figures were Coulton 0-23, G Rankin 0-12, O Rankin 1-20 C Beaver 1-48 and C Butler 1-19.

Blyth 30 points

Monkseaton 3 points

On Saturday Blyth first XI are at home again to GEMS with a 1pm start while the seconds are back in action after a free week away to Blagdon with a 1.30pm start.