WHICKHAM’S Glebe Ground was engulfed by the noise from a nearby music festival on Saturday – but it was Ashington who hit all the right notes as they won their third game in a row to maintain a third from top league placing.
Admittedly, the Colliers made hard work of this latest success, but they are a side full of confidence, which should stand them in good stead for Saturday’s clash at Langwell Crescent against fourth placed Ponteland.
Professional Matt Parr was the mainstay for Whickham as they scored 144-9.
Parr, who hit six boundaries in 60 – his half century coming up in 105 minutes from 74 deliveries – held the innings together before he fell shortly before the close.
The home side had made good progress and after 20 overs had 70 on the board for the loss of opener Armstrong, who fell lbw to Callum Storey.
But after Michael Thewlis had removed Davison in similar fashion, medium pacer Graham Whitworth, pictured, caused havoc, taking four wickets inside six overs to put Whickham on the back foot and curtail their expected score.
In reply, despite losing Andrew Gray in the seventh over, Neil Wood scorched seven boundaries and one six as he raced to 39.
However, Wood was then caught at slip by Parr off McGregor and next ball Daniel Grant was clean bowled.
Simon Prudhoe – who hit a century the previous week against Cowgate – had moved onto 31 when he was caught behind by Ruddick, and all of a sudden from being in a commanding position at 68-1, the Colliers had slumped to 71-4.
That became 86-5 when skipper Greg Williams drove a full toss from McGregor straight to McIntyre.
But Adam Nichol and Martin Sexton put on 41 valuable runs for the sixth wicket.
Sexton fell to an outstanding one handed catch behind by Ruddick in the 29th over.
But Nichol and Michael Thewlis – who had seen Ashington to victory at Greenside a couple of weeks earlier – repeated the feat once again with the winning run coming in the 35th over.
Youngster Nichol finished unbeaten on 29 and Thewlis on 11. Parr (3-38) and McGregor (3-31) shared six wickets for Whickham.
Whickham 5 points
Ashington 19 points
On Saturday Ashington are at home to Ponteland in the Wellstream Northumberland and Tyneside Senior League division A2.