Ulgham notch a vital victory

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Blyth (236 all out) v Ulgham (245-9) Northumberland Cricket League, Division One

ULGHAM survived a Blyth comeback to record an important away victory.

The visitors batted first and got off to a disappointing start when Colin Tait was trapped lbw for a duck.

Mark Plummer was in excellent form and his innings included some decent attacking shots.

He had support from Darrell Campbell (12), Roy Haygarth (14) and Chase Evans (18), although wickets continued to fall.

Plummer missed out on a century when he was caught on 87 and after playing himself in. Craig Turnbull was out lbw for 14.

But a good ninth wicket partnership between Gary Hall (34 not out) and David Moore (17) helped Ulgham to finish their 50 overs on 245 for nine.

In reply, Blyth were quickly under pressure as they lost five wickets cheaply.

Moore took three of them and Chris Herne picked up two.

Kemp was proving much harder to crack and he started to get regular boundaries, with support from Gill (19), who was bowled by Campbell.

Herne got his third wicket when he bowled Rowell for a duck, but Singh was also in good nick and Blyth started to believe they could win.

The turning point came when a Haygarth delivery to Kemp, who made an excellent 122, was hit in the air and caught by Evans.

Haygarth then took the final two wickets as Blyth fell just nine runs short on 236 all out. Singh was left stranded on 32 not out.