Ashington complete double winning season with a final win

The Ashington CC team, after defeating Alnwick CC, with their A2 Championship winners and League Cup trophies. Picture by Ian Appleby
The Ashington CC team, after defeating Alnwick CC, with their A2 Championship winners and League Cup trophies. Picture by Ian Appleby
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A2 division league champions Ashington completed a great season by stretching their lead at the top with a four wickets victory over neighbours Alnwick at Langwell Crescent on Saturday.

There was no let up from Greg Williams’ side who as a result blunted the north Northumberland outfit’s hopes of joining them in the A1 league next term.

Alnwick required nine points – but in the final analysis their haul of five was not enough as Alnmouth & Lesbury collected a maximum 20 against Morpeth to take the other promotion spot.

Alnwick’s batting let them down on the day and after making a promising start and being 57-3 at the halfway mark, they lost wickets at regular intervals before being bowled out for 130 in the last over.

Key batsman Michael Threlfall was the first casualty, falling leg before to Matty Collins for 24, then with no alteration to the score, Daniel Graham was caught by Matty Storey off Chris Watson for 14.

With both openers gone, Robert Green battled away but he lost partners Andrew Scott, Michael Brewis and Andrew Stewart as the visitors struggled to 88-5.

Green himself was then trapped lbw to Sonu Singh for 26 as Ashington with the inspirational Matty Collins again making an impact, turning the screw.

He took four wickets including skipper Rob Woods and Laurence Reeves to finish with 4-15 from 10.1 overs.

Watson took 2-30 from 11; Singh 1-20 from 11 and Callum Storey 1-44 from 14.

In reply, the Colliers looked to be well set with Dan Grant in good form until he was trapped lbw to David Wright for 36.

Ashington then lost a flurry of wickets for only five runs which gave Alnwick renewed hope.

Skipper Williams and Singh both succumbed to Scott and Adam Nichol and Scott Dunn to the pacy Gareth Bateman.

However, Matty Storey and Doug Potts steadied the ship to take the Colliers home in the 45th over with an unbroken stand of 40.

Storey ended on 20 and Potts, who completed his 30th season in the game, finished on 11.

Ashington 20 points; Alnwick 5 points.