Seconds secure divisional cup success

Ashington seconds after winning the B division cup, back, from left, Dougie Potts, Andrew Heatherington, James Richards, James Lovat, Matty Collins, Steve Williams, Andrew McDonnell (scorer), front, from left, Matthew Potts, Martin Thewlis (captain), Dale Ross, Alex Gates and Scott Dunn.
Ashington seconds after winning the B division cup, back, from left, Dougie Potts, Andrew Heatherington, James Richards, James Lovat, Matty Collins, Steve Williams, Andrew McDonnell (scorer), front, from left, Matthew Potts, Martin Thewlis (captain), Dale Ross, Alex Gates and Scott Dunn.

ASHINGTON seconds secured a convincing 67 runs victory over Annfield Plain on Sunday to lift the B Division Cup.

The contest at Tynedale’s Priors Flat saw Colliers batsman Scott Dunn named man of the match just ahead of his fellow batsman Steve Williams.

It was the openers who blazed a partnership of 119 to give their side a terrific platform on which to build.

With 94 on the board at halfway, the Wansbeck outfit were well placed and they closed on 175-3 from their 20 overs allocation.

The aggressive Williams spearheaded the charge with a powerful display, smashing nine fours and two sixes in a top scoring 66, which saw him complete his 50 in the ninth over before he was bowled in the 14th.

Dunn, a perfect foil for Williams, carried his bat to finish unbeaten with 65 including five boundaries and one six.

Plain faced a tall order with an asking rate of 8.8 runs per over – yet in the early stages they achieved it.

Williams had made a quick incision but it was the introduction of Dougie Potts which proved to be a significant move as the right arm spinner took two wickets in his first over.

Following the dismissal of Hawdon for 27, Plain’s scoring dipped with the Durham outfit 66-4 after ten overs, and with Potts senior making further inroads into the tail to finish with figures of 4-16 from five overs, Ashington were rapidly closing in on victory.

In the 19th over young Matthew Potts claimed a wicket with his first delivery then Alex Gates finished off the Plain innings with the final ball of the game.

Afterwards, beaming skipper Martin Thewlis said: “In the end it was a very one-sided affair but if anyone had offered me 175 on the board in 20 overs three hours before the game when the butterflies were going, I would have snapped their hands off.

“I was absolutely delighted with our performance because Annfield Plain are the only side who have defeated us in the league this season, so it was nice for us to put one over them.”