Ashington seconds increase lead at top of the table

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Ashington seconds increased their lead at the top of the B1 division on Saturday when they completed a convincing 84-run victory over nearest rivals Ponteland.

The Langwell Crescent side now head the table by 15 points as the season reaches the half way point this coming weekend when ironically the Wansbeck outfit have a home clash against Shotley Bridge, who took over second spot.

Skipper Doug Potts was a key figure behind his side’s latest success as he took a six-wicket haul at a cost of only 17 runs and from 8.3 overs as the hosts were skittled out.

Opener Tom Common was Ponteland’s top run maker with 16 before he fell to Potts.

Earlier, vice-captain Graham Whitworth had made the breakthrough by taking the scalps of Matt Darwood and Scott Gibson before Chris Watson (2-6 from seven overs) and the inspirational Potts went through the side who tumbled from 44-2 to 58 all out.

Potts’s son Matthew bowled a highly economical spell of seven overs for only nine runs.

Michael Levison included eight boundaries in a top scoring 48 and Adam Nichol hit 32 as the Colliers were bowled out for 142 in the last over.

John Gardner ended with commendable figure of 4-7 from 9.3 overs, five of which were maidens. Meanwhile in midweek, the Colliers second string won their B Division League Cup match against Alnmouth & Lesbury by a 73 runs margin.

Opener Scott Dunn crashed nine fours and one six in a 58 ball knock of 71 as Ashington closed on 127-4 from their 20 overs allocation.

In reply, the visitors finished on 54-8 with Robert Burnett the only batsman to record double figures.

Matthew Potts took 4-11 from five overs whilst Matty Storey took 3-3 from four overs.