New Hartley in narrow win over Blyth

New Hartley had a narrow seven runs win over Blyth seconds on Saturday.

Batting first on a damp wicket, Myers and Glass made a steady start for New Hartley before, with the score on 27, Myers went lbw to Ebdale for 13.

Briant went soon after for one when Kirkup took an excellent catch off Thompson.

Thompson then bowled Glass for ten.

A Young and M Young came together but Thompson bowled the latter for three.

Carrigan came on for Thompson and trapped A Young lbw for 26, and Dann followed when Carr caught him off Gill for five.

Ives took over the big hitting although he survived an lbw shout, swinging across a straight ball from Carrigan.

Ebdale came back and bowled Crowe for 13 and M Stewart finally trapped Ives lbw for 45, including eight boundaries.

Gill took the final wicket when Evans was trapped lbw without scoring, and O’Neill remained five not out in a total of 132.

Blyth’s reply began slowly with some very tight bowling from Adam Young and Michael Young.

Carr and Harwood struggled to find any gaps in the field.

In the fifth over Carr was bowled by A Young for one and Harwood followed three overs later when Michael Young bowled him for nine.

Rowell and Kirkup held firm and started to get the score ticking over.

However, a short ball from Adam Young was the undoing of Rowell as he was trapped lbw to one that never got up and he went for nine.

Ebdale came in to join Kirkup and the pair put the bowlers under pressure with the total mounting.

Ives finally made the breakthrough when keeper Glass took a good catch low down to dismiss Kirkup for 22.

Carrigan was next in and went first ball bowled by Ives for his second golden duck in a row.

Gill joined Ebdale and saw out the hat-trick ball without any fuss.

A lot depended on this pair with Gills’ experience coupled with the big hitting Ebdale.

With Hartley putting fielders in the deep Ebdale went for another big hit, however, he hit it into the strong wind and the ball hung up and Michael Young took a tremendous catch at deep mid-on off Crowe and went for 28.

Skipper Blackett was unlucky when he was bowled by Crowe; his leg slipped and went out for nought.

Gill took control and started pushing the score along; he just needed someone to help score some runs.

Thompson hung around for a while but he fell caught by Michael Young off Briant for eight.

M Stewart played around a ball from Briant and went for two, then young Jonny Routledge joined Gill, and with all the fielders around the boundary and fours needed it was only singles coming from the last over.

The home side fell just short after looking good half way through.

Gill remained 32 not out and Routledge unbeaten on two.

Blyth 8 points

New Hartley 27 points

On Saturday Blyth seconds are at Stobswood with a 1.30pm start.