Ashington make it six wins out of six
Ashington made it six of the best as they brushed Leadgate aside at Langwell Crescent on Saturday.
The Colliers went into the contest with five straight maximum points victories to head the A1 division of the Go North East Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League.
And Greg Williams’ side made no mistake as they skittled their mid-table opponents out for a paltry 53 in less than two hours with a ruthless display.
It is an unbelievable start to the campaign for the Wansbeck side – who face mouth-watering clashes against defending holders Shotley Bridge (away, June 4) seven times champions Swalwell (home, June 11) and Lanchester (away, July 2) over the next five weeks.
The visitors won the toss and after deciding to bat, fell away after making a solid start.
There problems began in the seventh over when Callum Storey, bowling down the bank, flattened Aaron McCabe’s leg stump.
Two overs later Storey struck at the double. The pace merchant had Robbie Hockaday caught at point by Sean McCafferty then two balls later knocked back Jack Thackray’s off stump.
Luke McCabe and Ross Burdon temporarily steadied the boat before two wickets in the 20th over sparked off another rapid collapse.
Luke McCabe lofted a delivery from Ani Singh and was well pouched at deep mid-on by Sean McCafferty then David Walker at the non striker’s end was caught out of his ground after Ian Sharkey had dived smartly to his right and sent an accurate throw to Singh who whipped the bails off to run out the Leadgate man.
Thirty four for five became 43-7 as Dom Howes scooped the ball around the corner straight down Williams’ throat at short fine leg, then from the first delivery of the 27th and in James Harmison’s second over, Burdon, after battling valiantly for an hour, was bowled.
Gowland and Lewis Fletcher both fell to Singh, the latter spooning a catch to Sharkey at deep mid-off before a greased lightning stumping at the start of the 33rd over by wicketkeeper Daniel Grant off Harmison brought the curtain down on the innings at 53.
Singh took 4-13 from nine overs which included four maidens, Callum Storey 3-13 from eight and James Harmison, making his first senior appearance of the campaign, 2-5 from 4.1 overs.
In reply, Neil Wood found the boundary twice in the opening over from slow bowler Burdon but the spinner claimed revenge in the fifth as he trapped the left hander lbw for 11.
However, Singh and McCafferty wasted no time as they took their side to victory from the third ball of the 12th over.
Singh stuck five fours and one six in his unbeaten knock of 28 from 29 balls whilst McCafferty found the ropes on three occasions during an undefeated 17 from 23 deliveries.
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