Heavy defeat puts Bomarsund in relegation trouble

Ashington Rugby opener Chris Harwood made 95 in their win against Bomarsund. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
Ashington Rugby opener Chris Harwood made 95 in their win against Bomarsund. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com

Another disappointing batting display leaves Bomarsund bottom of the division for the first time this season following a conclusive 93-run defeat to Ashington Rugby club.

After electing to bat first, the hosts found themselves in a strong position with openers Chris Harwood and Stuart Roffer putting on an 121-run partnership.

The latter was the first to go when Dan Robinson broke the partnership following Andy Matthews’ catch behind the stumps after the spinner found the edge.

Harwood, who hit 12 boundaries in his innings, was the fifth wicket to go down, he departed just five runs short of his century when Sam Thornton removed the opener.

Dean Hardy took the Rugby club up to a very respectable total with his 35-run cameo at the back end of the innings, as the hosts set a total of 254 for 6 in their 50 overs.

Chris Mollon took three wickets for 58 runs from his 13 overs, while Liam Besford, S Thornton and Robinson all picked up one.

Bomarsund’s reply took a hit in the opening exchanges, both openers departed cheaply leaving the firsts 22-2 chasing a season-high target.

However, Stephen Thain and Neil Straker ensured the innings got back on track with a strong 93-run stand that ensured the visitors had a chance of knocking the runs off.

But a collapse that saw the final six batsmen depart for just 22 runs between all of them left the first team bowled out for the seventh time this season.

Scott Maddison stood out above the rest as he took a five from only 5.2 overs, and Cory Milburn and James Richards picked up figures of 2-28 and 2-42 respectively.

Ashington Rugby 30 points

Bomarsund 6 points

The trip to top-of-the-table Bates Cottages couldn’t have come at a worse time for Bomar having dropped to the foot of the table following Clara Vale’s win at the weekend.