Embarrassed Ashington’s title hopes all but over

Ashington slumped to a crushing and embarrassing defeat to Consett on Saturday.

Adrift at the top of the league by 13 points to Swalwell and in the penultimate game of the campaign, the result at Hope Street has almost surely ruled the Colliers out of the equation for the league title barring an unlikely turn of events.

Ironically, Swalwell were shot out for 64 as they chased down Shotley Bridge’s 80, but they still picked up five points and Greg Williams’ side will go in against Leadgate on Saturday needing a miracle to overtake them.

The capitulation at Consett began in the seventh over with 20 on the board as Dan Milligan removed Anirudh Singh and Neil Wood, the latter who was to emerge as top scorer with 15, in the same over.

Daniel Grant and Jack Jessop followed on 22-4 then Ben O’Brien was caught by John Chapman off Rob Hassan.

Michael Thewlis and Matty Storey added 21 for the fifth wicket before another remarkable slump saw Ashington lose their last five wickets for three runs with Hassan bowling last man Callum Storey to wrap up proceedings on 51, Ashington’s lowest score of the season, from the second ball of the 31st over.

Hassan took 4-21; Milligan 3-7, Hunter 2-5 and Dixon 1-15.

The Colliers innings had lasted 115 minutes and the home side completed the victory in less than half an hour.

Kamran Mansoor was the only casualty, caught by Paul Rutherford off Stephen Boyd for 18 in the fourth over before Hunter (23 not out) and Andrew Waters saw Consett complete a resounding success.

Consett 20 points

Ashington 0 points