Seconds stay top after third 20 points win

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ASHINGTON second XI remained top of the B1 division on Saturday night after their third maximum points victory of the season at home to Newcastle City seconds at Langwell Crescent.

However, they were forced to fight all the way in a rain affected contest winning by a margin of 16 runs.

The Colliers took first strike and were 35-1 after the first 15 overs when rain forced them off the field.

After a delay, the match was then reduced from 45 to 35 overs per side.

Ashington were bowled out in the last over with top scores of 21 from both Stephen Williams and Adam Nichol with Ross Sample close behind with 20.

Youngster Callum Storey then struck with three wickets in his first three overs, removing the top three batsmen for ducks and along with James Richards, the bowling partnership gave the home side a dream start.

Williams then chipped in with 3-30 off eight overs whilst Matty Hetherington also took 3-15 off five and in the penultimate over,

Storey finished with 3-11 from seven overs and Richards 0-14 from nine overs.

Skipper Martin Thewlis said: “Our games against Newcastle City are always nip and tuck – they are really, really tight and Saturday was no exception.

“The Gosforth-based side had beaten us three times in a row before last weekend’s result so it was nice for us to turn the tables.

“Bowling wise, Callum Storey and James Richards did exceptionally well because it gave us a great platform and put Newcastle under scoreboard pressure.”