Weather the only winner in local derby

Blyth and Blagdon Park were denied a finish by the weather in their game on Saturday.

The match was reduced to 40 overs after an hour’s delay at Blagdon, with Blyth batting first.

Peter Roberts and Chandra Purma opened the batting with Matty Senior and Henry Blake taking the ball for the home side.

Blyth got off to a slow start before Purma hit the first boundary in the eighth over.

Then from the next five overs, Blyth added another 33 with Purma striking the ball all over.

At this point, Gibson came on to replace Blake and made a breakthrough with the last ball of his first over, bowling Roberts for eight with the score on 48.

Alistair Clark replaced Senior and had Purma caught at the wicket by Sander for 43.

O’Connor came in and departed third ball, bowled by Gibson without scoring.

Smith and Lawrence added 15 runs for the fourth wicket, however, Lawrence went for a big shot and was caught on the boundary by Collins from Clark’s bowling for nine.

Kiinnair came in and played sensibly, however, Smith became Clark’s third wicket when Sander stumped him for eight.

Quinn came in to join Kinnair but fell first ball, caught and bowled by Clark.

Kemp came in and survived the hat-trick ball.

Kinnair and Kemp batted well together, not taking to many risks.

They had added 39 runs when Kemp was caught by Adam Clark off the returning Senior for 17.

Kinnair and Kirkup saw out the final over, adding 12 runs. Kinnair remained 22 not out and Kirkup five not out.

Blagdon bowling figures were M Senior 1-22, H Blake 0-25, D Gibson 2-15, Ali Clark 4-24, Adam Clark 0-13 and J Concannon 0-16.

Blagdon’s innings had only just began as rain started to fall, Gibson and Collins opening for the home side.

Kemp and Kinnair opened the bowling for the visitors and the latter struck in his first over when Gibson was caught by Roberts for four.

Kemp had bowled five balls of his second over when the rain came and it was called off after 40 minutes with no prospect off getting back on.

Blyth bowling figures were Kemp 0-8 and Kinnair 1-7.

Meanwhile Blyth’s second XI game at home to Civil Service was called off in the morning with the field under water.

Next Saturday Blyth firsts are at home against Gems and Chopwell in another game they need to win to try to ease away from the drop zone. The game starts at 1pm.

Blyth seconds travel up the road to play at Bomarsund seconds with a 1.30pm start.