Ashington match-winner Storey in his element

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Jonathan Storey emerged as the match-winning hero for Ashington’s third XI after his unbeaten knock of 38 swung the pendulum back in his side’s favour before they went on to win a gripping Ian Appleby Cup final against Benwell Hill on Sunday.

And the 24-year-old right hander, who plundered three fours and two sixes from only 13 balls as his side chased 48 from the final four overs, admitted he enjoys challenges of this calibre.

“I delight in games like this because we were the underdogs in that situation,” he said.

“We didn’t field the best but I get a thrill going in to bat when there are runs to score and love trying to get them like I did today.

“Towards the end I genuinely thought we could do it.

“There was a good atmosphere out in the middle with whoever I was batting with, and we wanted to win that game just as much as Benwell Hill were confident too.”

He continued: “James Harmison has had a great season for us. He batted really well today and never looked like getting out, but they got his wicket and it was testament to our lads and showed what a great bunch they are that we got over the winning line.”

Storey wanted to win the game in style as the pressure mounted.

“Even if we had tied we would have won as we lost fewer wickets,” he said.

“But I wanted us to do it in the proper way and not by default.”

As the curtain came down on the season, Storey said he has really enjoyed his cricket this term.

He added: “There is plenty of good, talented and technical batsmen below me, and if I come off then so be it,.

“I just try to hit the ball cleanly and that’s why the skipper Josh Robinson puts me in at four or five.

“I’m only playing third team cricket at the moment but I’m enjoying it.

“We have got a great set of lads and Josh is a good captain – which is evident because we have clinched a league and cup double.

“The win today is a great end to the season for us in what has been a terrific campaign for the club.”