Blagdon stay solid in the wet

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Blyth II (55 all out) v Blagdon Park II (163-8) Northumberland Cricket League, Division B1

THE game between Blyth and Blagdon Park went ahead on a well-prepared pitch considering the wet weather during the week.

Blyth captain Blackett put the visitors into bat and the home side got off to an excellent start when Matthew Senior was out for a duck caught at mid-on. Simon Howe (four) did not fare much better as Cotterill got him to scoop one up, again to mid-on.

Captain Bain then came to the wicket as he and Mick Leybourne tried to rebuild from the poor start.

Bain got himself to 10 before he strode down the wicket to Purvis but missed the ball leaving the keeper the task of removing the bails to leave the score on 53-3.

David Simpson joined Leybourne at the crease and the pair put on a decent partnership before Simpson (23) fell to a double bouncing ball. Leybourne continued to hit boundaries and he raced past 50, however wickets fell at regular intervals at the other end.

The opener had a chance of reaching his century, but ran out of balls and had to settle for 98 off 147 deliveries in Blagdon Park’s total of 163-8.

Blyth came out looking to score early, but they were never able to get on top of the Blagdon openers Senior and Andy Pryor, who, with Henry Blake, was in the wickets as the hosts fell to 38-6. Simpson came on and took the final three wickets in quick successionto leave Blyth 55 all out.