Ashington thirds clinch championship

The Ashington CC 3rd XI squad after winning the Northumberland & Tyneside C division. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
The Ashington CC 3rd XI squad after winning the Northumberland & Tyneside C division. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
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Ashington Cricket Club’s third XI were celebrating after victory over Benwell Hill at Langwell Crescent clinched them the Go North East Northumberland ‘C’ Division championship.

The Colliers did it in style with a convincing 73 runs success over the Denton Bank side.

James Harmison led the way with a superb unbeaten 80 whilst Adam Nichol struck 20 as the home side amassed 136-3.

In Hill’s reply, Matty Storey took 3-12 and Trevor Christie 3-17 with one wicket each for Nichol and Graham Whitworth as the visitors closed on 63-8.

Delighted Ashington skipper Josh Robinson, in his first season in the post, said: “We’ve had a good season with a mixture of young lads and experienced players who have blended well.

“We only lost one league game against South Northumberland at the start of the season, but the turning point in the campaign was in June when we played away to Humshaugh.

“We only had ten men but defended a total of 69, beating them by two runs.”

Robinson 22, a cable installer for Nexus Rail, was determined to keep his side firmly on track.

He added: “The destination of the title was in our own hands because we knew if we won against the Hill, we would lift the title.

“James (Harmison) has been our leading run scorer and Trevor (Christie) our main wicket taker, but every player has played their part and chipped in throughout the season.

“We were all elated – and our intentions now will be to replicate our success next year.”

On Wednesday Ashington thirds are away to Ponteland in the semi-final of the Ian Appleby Cup.