ON the final day of the season, Blyth Cricket Club cruised to an eight-wicket win at home against a much-changed Stobswood side.
Blyth won the toss and asked the visitors to bat first. Openers Colam and Marshall made steady progress against Antony Allen and Ebdale before Allen took the first wicket when he trapped Colam lbw for 18.
Wingfield came in to join Marshall and set about the bowling before being run-out by Turner for 18.
Beverley came in to join Marshall with the Blyth bowlers Surj Singh and Mark Lawrence bowling a very tight line and the runs were hard to come by.
However, Marshall lost his patience and went for a big shot off Singh; however, he just lofted it to cover where Ebdale held on to the catch. Marshall went for a solid 33.
Ian Watson was next in to join Beverley and was off the mark with a cover driver for four before he went on eight, hitting a low full toss from Lawrence to Allen at mid-on.
D Townsley was next to join Beverley and struggled early on but started to play some shots on the leg side. But disaster struck the visitors when Beverley was run out well short of his ground at the bowlers end for 27.
S Townsley came in to join his brother, however, after scoring 11 he was also run out, for 11.
Ebdale came on to replace Lawrence at the Rugby end and David Dent on from the Plessey Road end.
Ebdale cleaned bowled K Watson for 1. Then Dent finished off the tail when he bowled D Townsley for 34, trapped Dullaghan lbw for nought and had Robertson stumped by Gary Quinn for nought.
Blyth’s bowling figures were Allen 1-23, Ebdale 1-62, Lawrence 1-25, Singh 1-17 and Dent 3-23.
Blyth’s reply started with Dent and normal number eleven Allen.
However, Allen did not last very long as he cut a wide ball off Wingfield straight to Marshall and failed to bother the scorers.
Dent and Lawrence then set about the visitors bowling scoring with ease. Boundaries flowed from the bat.
With the score on 50 Lawrence chased a wide ball from Wingfield and I Watson held on at backward point.
Quinn then joined Dent and this pair put on a century partnership to see Blyth past the winning post.
Quinn played some glorious cover drives on reaching 49. Dent remained 62 not out.
Stobswood had 12-year-old spinner Cook bowling and he shows great promise with more senior cricket under his belt.
Blyth 30 points; Stobswood 4 points.
A much-weakened second XI were away to Clara Vale in a relegation battle.
Unfortunately, Blyth were no match for the home side. With the other result not going in their favour Blyth seconds were relegated once more.