Unbeaten century from Lawrence leads Blyth to a victory

BLYTH took first knock on a green wicket against basement side Corbridge and came back from a disastrous start of losing three wickets for 20 runs.

David Dent went early for eight, Phil Kinnair was caught for three off the bowling off Hardy while young Peter Roberts was bowled by Douglas for eight.

Captain Mark Lawrence joined Mark Nash, who was playing his last game for the club.

After a good stand between the pair, Nash was caught off the bowling of DA Robinson for 23, bringing vice-captain Gary Quinn to the crease.

The pair grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck and put together a 130-run partnership, dispatching the ball to all parts of the ground.

Quinn was finally out on 76, bowled by Fowler.

David Ebdale came in before becoming Fowler’s second wicket while on eight.

Andy Kemp was next in and saw out the remaining overs with Lawrence.

Kemp was ten not out while Lawrence finished with a superb 130 not out from 125 balls, hitting ten fours and three sixes as Blyth totalled 283-5.

Corbridge’s innings started with Fowler and Smurthwaite while the Blyth bowlers hoped to continue their form from the previous week.

Kemp was first to strike when Smurthwaite was caught by Roberts for 13. Fowler soon followed when wicketkeeper Quinn stumped him off the bowling of Kemp for 27.

Ebdale got the third wicket to fall when he caught and bowled Dover without scoring.

Dent came into the attack and it was his swing bowling that ripped through the middle order, bowling Maude for 22. Nash then trapped Percival lbw for one.

DA Robinson was caught by Ebdale for seven off the bowling of Dent and Hardy was next out when Dent bowled him for seven.

Douglas’ innings finally came to an end three runs short of his 50, trapped lbw by Dent.

Davidson was next in, however, Nash finished off the inning when he trapped him lbw for two. Noble was not out three.

Blyth bowling: Kemp 2-35, Ebdale 1-39, Lawrence 0-19, Dent 4-31 and Nash 2-16.

Corbridge 5 points

Blyth 30 points

BLYTH 2nds 115-3

BLYTH seconds gained their first win of the season with a home victory over Ulgham.

Blyth’s bowlers gained the upper through Thompson and O’Connor, with only three of Ulgham’s batsman getting into double figures.

Donkin topped scored with 24, the same as the extras. Gowland scored 21 and Thomson with 14.

Blyth’s bowling figures were Thompson 1-17, O’Connor 3-30, Cotterill 1-33, B Purvis 2-6 and Gill 1-11.

The home side’s reply began with O’Connor and young Brad Purvis opening the batting. However, O’Connor went for nought. Cotterill and Purvis put on 43 for the second wicket before Purvis fell for five after 45 minute stay at the crease.

Thornton came and also went for five after a 34 run stand with Cotterill.

Gill came in and was not out three. Cotterill blasted his way to 93 not out from 57 balls, hitting 11 fours and six sixes as Blyth won inside 18 overs.

Blyth 30 points
Ulgham 3 points

Next weekend Blyth first eleven are at home to second place Blagdon Park. The seconds travel to play Kirkley seconds. Both games start at 1pm.