Ashington seconds win tight game at The Spa

Despite fielding a depleted side, Ashington seconds won a gripping clash against close rivals Shotley Bridge seconds at The Spa on Saturday to remain in second place in the B1 division.

Father and son Doug and Matty Potts were the stars with both bat and ball, but the former, skipper of the Wansbeck outfit, hailed the performance of every member of his side.

Potts senior top scored with 61, his second half century of the campaign, with Matty contributing 41 as the duo featured in an opening partnership of 87 as Ashington - 110-1 after 25 overs - finished on 169-7 from their allotted 45 overs.

In reply, Heslop struck 55 for the home side whilst Doug Potts took 3-14 and Matty Potts 3-34, both from ten-over spells, before an exciting finale saw the Colliers claim maximum points from the penultimate delivery of the game.

A delighted Doug Potts said: “We went into the game with a much weaker side than we had expected.

“We got off to a really good start on a good wicket then they introduced a couple of spinners who pegged us back.

“Everybody was excellent in the field for us, Adam Nichol in particular, and the fact that we claimed three run outs proves it.

“When there last pair came to the wicket they needed 40 to win from the final ten overs and whittled it down to nine runs from six balls.

“I had every faith in Alex Storey who bowled five excellent deliveries and when they needed five from two balls, we got a run out which gained us maximum points.

“On the down side, one of our players, Brent Collins, who was playing his first senior game at the age of 48, dived for a ball in the third or fourth over and broke his arm.

“We send our best wishes to him whilst also placing on record our thanks to Shotley Bridge who gave us a substitute fielder.

“There are a lot of strong teams in the division this season and on Saturday we face another tough nut at home to Ponteland seconds, who were league champions in 2013.”