Promotion bid back on track for Blyth firsts

BLYTH moved within touching distance of promotion back to the premier division with a win at Ulgham on Saturday.

Ulgham batted first and after opening bowlers Kemp and Thompson had no luck skipper Lawrence made an early change and brought Allen on.

And he made the breakthrough, bowling Plummer for 21.

Lawrence came on to replace Kemp and Singh replaced Allen.

Campbell went for a cover drive off Singh and found the outside edge and Kemp moving round from cover took the catch.

In Singh then took the wicket of Haygarth, caught by Lawrence at cover for nought.

Wilson was next in and raced to 19 before his luck ran out and Dent held on to the catch off Singh.

Tait reached his 50 in the 39th over.

Lawrence came off after his spell, which did not get the rewards it deserved, and Allen was brought back and was soon in the wickets.

He had Hall smartly stumped by Ossy Lawrence without scoring then bowled the stubburn Tait for 61.

Blyth’s final success came when Lawrence, running in from deep mid-on held a spectactular catch to dismiss Turnbull.

Blyth’s bowling figures were Kemp 0-46, Thompson 0-10, Allen 4-41, Lawrence 0-35 and S Singh 3-32 as Ulgham scored 172-7.

Blyth started the run chase with Dent and Clark.

Dent was dropped twice at slip and Clark was dropped at mid- wicket.

This proved to be the home side’s downfall.

The pair had reached the century patnership when the rain started to fall.

After a lengthy delay Dent passed his 50 with an excellent cover drive.

However, Moore finally got his man when he trapped Dent lbw for 55.

Lawrence join edClark and moved the score along at a brisk rate and the score moved 155 when the rain came again.

After another delay Lawrence was caught for 31, but Kemp joined Clark saw Blyth to victory.

Ulgham 4 points

Blyth 28 points

Meanwhile Blyth seconds were well beaten by Blagdon.

Batting first, Blagdon scored 163-8 before bowling Blyth out for 55.

Blagdon’s Michael Layborne fell just two runs short of his century when their innings closed.

Blyth’s reply never really got started and Carrighanm (23) and Blackett (11) the only players in double figures.

On Saturday Blyth are away to Ashington Rugby CC at 12.30pm.

The second eleven are also away, at Blue Flames, with a 1.30pm start.