Potts leads from the front as Ashington seconds close on title

Ashington seconds are on the brink of bringing the B1 division championship trophy back to Langwell Crescent.

Following Saturday’s results, and with three games remaining in the season, Doug Potts’ side need only five points to cross the finishing line.

Potts himself was instrumental in Saturday’s 99 runs victory over Swalwell seconds.

The right hander scored a half century then took the bowling honours with 3-22 as the visitors were dismissed in the 40th over for 122.

Potts senior also figured in a second wicket partnership of 55 with his son Matthew, who made 22 whilst Ian Sharkey – top scorer with 59 – and Martin Thewlis who chipped in with an unbeaten 30 figured in a stand worth 60.

Alex Storey and Sharkey performed well when they opened the bowling before Martin Thewlis (2-19), Matthew Potts (2-28) and skipper Potts did the damage.

Doug Potts said: “We need five points from three games and will hopefully be at full strength going into our game at Newcastle City on Saturday.

“They have been going quite well lately and we know we will be in for a tough game – but we will be gunning for another win in order to clinch the league title.”