Ashington 2nds win League Cup trophy

Ashington CC 2nd XI who won the B1 League Cup final with an eight wickets win over Swalwell. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
Ashington CC 2nd XI who won the B1 League Cup final with an eight wickets win over Swalwell. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com

Ashington 2nd XI clinched the League Cup on Friday night in front of a large crowd at Langwell Crescent as they beat rivals Swalwell.

After winning the toss on a dry wicket, Swalwell elected to bat first with openers Chris Mawson and Jason Dumigan.

But the pair struggled for early runs and Mawson was caught for one by Josh Robinson in the game’s fourth over.

At the half-way stage, Swalwell were 50-1 from ten overs with Ian Sharkey and Alex Storey completing their overs.

Their replacements Matthew Potts and Martin Thewlis maintained Ashington’s tight start and Swalwell eventually finished on 110-3, with Thewlis taking 2-30 and Dan Brown scoring a steady 40 with the bat for the visitors.

Ashington then got off to a positive start with openers skipper Doug Potts and Scott Dunn enforcing on an opening stand of 30 by the fifth over before the captain edged behind for 12, which brought Adam Nichol to the crease.

This did not hold back Dunn, however, who struck six boundaries before he cut a wide delivery from Sam Heron straight to the fielder for 43 in the 15th over with the score on 88-2.

Nichol and Matthew Potts then batted sensibly in the final overs and it was a boundary from Potts that sealed the victory with nine balls to spare to hand Ashington 2nds their second League Cup in four years.