Blyth suffer four-wicket defeat to Kirkley

Blyth’s batting woes returned to haunt them at home to Kirkley on Saturday.

Home skipper Lawrence won the toss and elected to bat – a decision, which backfired.

Kirkup was bowled first ball by Eddie Common, who then removed Smith two balls later, caught by keeper Storey.

At the other end, Kirkley’s Mitchell gave Blyth their first run with a wide, but with the last ball of the over he bowled Purma to leave the home side 1-3

Lawrence joined Clark and they moved the score onto 15 when Common bowled Lawrence for nine.

Eight runs later Quinn became Common’s fourth wicket when he was bowled without scoring.

Clark and Rowell steadied the innings before Mitchell had the latter caught by Ritchie for nine.

Mitchell struck twice more in his 10th over. Storey caught Clark for a dogged 12 then O’Connor was bowled for nought.

Blyth were 53-8 when Darren Carr and Cameron Walker came together, and in just 14 overs they added a century partnership.

Walker was out for an excellent 52 when Storey caught him off the bowling of Commons. Smith brought the Blyth innings to a close when he trapped Carr lbw for an excellent 30. Singh remained four not out.

Kirkley bowling figures were E Common 5-21, L Mitchell 4-52, C Smith 1-33, J Turnbull 0-25 and J Ritchie 0-18.

Blyth were missing Kemp, Ebdale, Silva and Dent, so it was down to O,Connor and Smith to open the attack.

Kirkley has 25 on the board when Kirkup caught Asher for five off O’Conner.

The visitors were scoring at nearly six an over when Lawrence struck with the score on 60, Rowe went lbw for 28.

Common and Potter had added 24 when Lawrence trapped the latter lbw for ten.

In his next over he trapped new batsman Douse lbw without scoring.

Lawrence had Ritchie caught by Rowell for 14, and it was Rowell who ended Commons’ innings – keeper Quinn caught him for 43.

Farrelly (23 no) and Storey (6 no) slowly saw Kirkley to victory with a 31-run stand. Blyth bowling figures were R O’Connor 1-23, C Smith 0-22, S Singh 0-34, M Lawrence 4-34, C Walker 0-23 and A Rowell 1-14.

Blyth 6 points

Kirkley 28 points

On Saturday Blyth first XI travel to Bomarsund for a 1pm start. The second team are at home to Monkseaton seconds with a 1.30pm start.