ASHINGTON picked up their first win of the season on Saturday with an emphatic nine wickets success against Newcastle City at Gosforth.
Michael Thewlis’s side went into the game on the back of two successive defeats, but in a contest which was interrupted for over two hours due to constant rain, the clouds lifted and with them went Ashington’s disappointment at reverses against Annfield Plain and Chopwell as they claimed a noteable success.
Before being forced off for a lengthy delay, the Colliers had made a double incision, removing City’s opening pair in the eighth over.
Simon Prudhoe’s throw all of 35 yards from slip to the opposite end of the wicket gave his side the perfect fillip as ex-Percy Main professional Mohtashim Ali was stranded out of his ground as the opening pair went for a single.
Then Mirza edged Craig Wood behind to wicketkeeper Daniel Grant.
Paceman Wood’s rhythm was certainly not affected by the recess as he came back out with all guns blazing and took the next four wickets, bowling Hassan Mohammed middle stump and Halaldi and Brar both with full length balls as well as having Kumar caught by Scott Thornton at point.
So much so that City had teetered to 61-6, and worse was to follow as Graham Whitworth – who had replaced Wood – removed Sonu Singh in his first over.
Asif Mohammed was then run out with Grant whipping off the bails after collecting Andrew Gray’s throw from mid-on.
The innings was wrapped up as Surya Rathore, who also showed plenty of pace, had Sangha caught behind by Grant before Jassy Singh holed out to Michael Thewlis off Thornton from the second ball of the 30th over.
Ashington openers Jack Jessop and Scott Thornton showed great application and concentration to see the shine off the new ball before stepping up a gear.
Indeed Jessop hit the shot of the day with a glorious cover drive for four from the last ball of the 18th over and the pair appeared to be taking their side to a convincing ten wickets victory when Thornton fell lbw to Sonu Singh for 45 in the 24th over with only 11 runs required.
Simon Prudhoe came in and quickly slipped into the groove with a boundary by the left hander levelling the scores before a no ball by Singh took the Colliers over the winning line.
Twenty minutes after the finish, the rain returned, but by then Ashington’s spirits had already been given a massive boost and the weather was purely immaterial.
Match Ball sponsor: Moffatt’s of Ashington.
On Saturday Ashington host Morpeth in a local derby.
Newcastle City 0 points Ashington 20 points