Storey’s five-wicket haul sets up Ashington win

Ashington pace bowler Callum Storey claimed 5-18 in their comfortable eight-wicket win over Lanchester. Picture by Ian Appleby
Ashington pace bowler Callum Storey claimed 5-18 in their comfortable eight-wicket win over Lanchester. Picture by Ian Appleby

Ashington Cricket Club first XI began the second half of the campaign by completing a season’s double over Lanchester at Langwell Crescent on Saturday.

On a muggy afternoon in Wansbeck, the Colliers made a perfect start when from the second ball of the game Jones fell to a juggling catch in the gully by Ben O’Brien off Callum Storey.

Green was next to go, bowled off-stump by the pace man then from the last delivery of the 17th.

Halliday succumbed with O’Brien once again pouching the ball off Anirudh Singh.

Things got even worse for the visitors when in the next over Taylor attempted a quick single and was run out.

In the 28th, it was 78-5 when Patterson was bowled by Singh playing forward, then right arm spinner Chris Watson got in on the act, bowling Storey for 29 as the batsman looked to drive through cover.

Lanchester, who had rallied with 20 for the seventh wicket, then lost their last four wickets for nine runs with Callum Storey denied the opportunity of a hat-trick.

He bowled Reynolds through the gate and Metcalf first ball, which wrapped up the innings on 127 to finish with glowing figures of 5-18 from 10.4 overs.

Openers Neil Wood and Anirudh Singh wasted no time in blazing a reply.

The former raced to 20 with five boundaries, the last of which was a lofted drive through cover.

As the dark clouds menacingly began to bank up, the Ashington duo made batting look easy with the 50 partnership coming up from the first ball of the eighth over.

On 65, Wood was bowled by spinner Kevin Dixon for 24, but four overs later, Singh completed his half century and now partnered by Simon Prudhoe, the hundred came up in the 20th over.

Prudhoe’s downfall followed when he miscued Taylor and was caught by Halliday at mid-on, but led by Singh, the home side clinched victory in the 26th over.

Singh, who batted majestically, ended undefeated with ten fours and three sixes in 74 from 80 deliveries with Jack Jessop unbeaten on eight.

Match sponsor: Ashwood Building and Civil Engineering Limited.

Ashington 20 points

Lanchester 3 points

On Saturday Ashington firsts are away to Ryton.