Ashington thirds through to cup final

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Ashington Cricket Club’s third XI – already crowned league champions only recently – reached the final of the Ian Appleby Cup in midweek with a 33 runs victory over Ponteland at the Sports Centre ground.

Doug Potts (54) and Scott Dunn (65) sewed the seeds for the win after featuring in a substantial first wicket partnership of 105 in 11 overs before the Colliers closed on 163-6 from their 20 overs.

Opener Simon Raw then struck 23 and Andrew Morgan an unbeaten half century – but it was not enough as the Wansbeck side got home by a 33 runs margin.

Graham Rogerson took 4-11 from three overs and Matty Potts 2-29.

Ashington will face the winners of the South North v Benwell Hill clash in the final at a date to be decided.