Ashington 2nds see off Lintz to maintain lead at top of table

Ashington 2nds clinched yet another important victory on Saturday at Langwell Crescent Memorial Ground over strugglers Lintz, who were 13 points from safety prior to the clash.

The visitors won the toss and decided to bat on a flat wicket, ideal for batting, but Ashington made runs hard to come by in the early stages, particularly Matthew Potts, who found a consistent line and length and only conceded ten runs from his opening spell of seven overs.

The introduction of Matthew Collins soon brought the hosts their first wicket when Johnson (11) was strangled down the leg side and edged to Jonny Storey, who took the catch behind the stumps.

Michael Thewlis then got the wicket of other opener Matthew Wilson, who chipped up to mid-wicket for a patient 25 off 67 balls.

Alex Storey then replaced Collins, and soon had Chris Grey out caught in the slips by Michael Thewlis for the second time - the first time Storey had overstepped the line and was called no-ball.

Matthew Callaghan then returned a sharp return catch to a fortunate Storey, who managed to catch the ball in between his knees after making 36.

Lintz eventually posted 163-4 off the 45 overs, Graeme Nolan finishing 32 not out and Michael Edmonds unbeaten on 35.

In reply, Ashington lost Simon Prudhoe for just two as he was bowled by Jack Callaghan in the fourth over.

Matthew Storey (12) and Josh Robnson (2) came and went before Jonny Storey and opener Matthew Potts put on a crucial 53 for the fourth wicket before Storey was caught on the boundary off Edmunds for 24.

Common was then bowled for 13 by Edmunds, but Michael Thewlis and Potts steadied things again before reaching the target with 9.4 overs left.

Matthew Potts was the star with the bat, making an unbeaten 81, while Thewlis was 19 not out.

Ashington claimed 17 points to remain top of the league by 35 points and host Bedlington CC next week.