Ben Harmison and Sean McCafferty are the toast of Ashington Cricket Club after win opver Percy Main
Ben Harmison and Sean McCafferty were the toast of Ashington Cricket Club on Saturday night - as coincidentally the Langwell Crescent club hosted their annual Real Ale & Cider festival weekend.
The duo steered the Colliers to a five wickets victory over a gallant Percy Main outfit as they featured in their second century plus partnership in consecutive weeks after playing key roles in the previous encounter against Ponteland.
Persistent and heavy rain forced a late start with the game eventually getting under way at 4.10pm in a contest reduced to 27 overs per side.
Home skipper Greg Williams won the toss and invited the Villagers to take first strike – but on a terrific batting strip, Ashington failed to impress and Percy Main, with consummate ease, dominated the session as they reached 150-3.
After a tentative start, openers Anthony Hornby and David Anderson had 48 on the board inside 14 overs when Ani Singh – in his second over – held a return catch offered by the latter to break the stand.
Three balls later, new batsman Andrew Green clipped Singh for a leg side six which signalled the start of
another substantial partnership with Hornby as the visitors upped the scoring rate even further.
The pair had added 79 by the 24 th when Hornby top edged Callum Storey - who had returned to the attack - and was caught by Harmison at leg gully for 68. Michael Phillips fell to Ian Sharkey whilst Green recorded an unbeaten 54 before the close.
In reply, Neil Wood and Jack Jessop both departed in the third over by Barry Stewart then Ben O’Brien (10) was bowled by Anderson and Ani Singh (29) succumbed to a fine catch inside the boundary by Anderson off Steve Patterson.
The latter dismissal came at the half way mark – with the Colliers requiring another 100. McCafferty joined Harmison – and the pair continued in the same vein as against Ponteland, batting with caution but nevertheless great assurance.
They rotated the strike by picking up ones and twos –
then stepped on the gas including some lusty blows by taking 63 from five overs and whittling the target down to 15 required from four overs.
Harmison struck a boundary to complete his second half century of the season which levelled the scores – but two balls later, the left hander was well pouched by Patterson at long off.
The batsmen crossed which brought McCafferty back on strike and ex Bedlington man – who had scored his maiden hundred for the club the previous week – middled the next delivery for a six over long on which not only sealed his own 50 but also clinched victory for his side with two overs to spare.
This Saturday leaders Ashington travel to face nearest rivals Lanchester in the match of the day.
Match sponsor: Stuart McLeod, Rickards, Estate Agents and Surveyors
Ashington 16 points; Percy Main 7 points