Prudhoe talks down Ashington’s title challenge

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Ashington Cricket Club’s first XI stand-in skipper Simon Prudhoe has played down talk of the Colliers mounting a challenge for the A1 division title.

This was after they had secured their fifth win in a row with an emphatic 130 runs victory over Burnopfield at Langwell Crescent on Saturday.

The latest win, coupled with Leadgate inflicting the upset of the day with a four wickets success over Shotley Bridge, saw the Wansbeck side leapfrog the Derwent Valley outfit and tuck into second place in the league, 17 points adrift of leaders Tynedale.

However, Prudhoe preferred to eulogise about team performances and also the manner in which Ashington are playing.

“We are really pleased to be at the right end of the table to be honest,” said Prudhoe.

“After being promoted last year we came into the A1 hoping to do alright, and we are doing that.

“Every member of the side is contributing and having a chance to play their part.

“Ben O’Brien’s innings of 79 took the game away from Burnopfield, then all of the bowlers did their job very well.

“It was a good toss to lose on Saturday and everything worked out right.

“We got off to a decent start with the bat then they bowled a lot better in the middle period before Ben’s knock.

“At one stage we thought a score of around 175-180 would have been good, but to end with 227 was massive.

“Craig Wood and Peter Finch bowled tight and economical, which is exactly what we wanted them to do to create scoreboard pressure, then Chris Watson, Anirudh Singh and Graham Whitworth all played their part too in a superb victory.”

With five games remaining in the programme, Prudhoe added: “We have got some difficult fixtures ahead of us with all teams having players who can win games for them.

“Every match is as tough as the next one – but we will just keep playing our cricket and take each game as it comes.”