Seven wins in eight games for Ashington seconds
Ashington seconds made it seven wins out of eight on Saturday at the home of Swalwell on a damp and drizzly afternoon.
After winning the toss and bowling first, Josh Robinson threw the ball to Matthew Potts and Tom Common like he had done against Shotley Bridge the week before and it soon paid off.
Common induced a drive from Chris Mawson who returned a simple caught and bowled chance for eight.
Mick Armstrong and Roy Gray then both fell to George Collins, who had replaced Potts with the ball, before Smith and Hodgson developed a neat partnership of 49 for Swalwell to take the score past 100.
The former eventually fell to Matthew Storey, who took a brilliant reaction catch off his own bowling for 51, and Common returned into the attack to get rid of Hodgson for 32.
Swalwell then slumped to 149-9 off their allocated overs with Adam Nichol also contributing with two late wickets.
In response, Ashington started terribly, Nichol and Storey were soon on their way back to the clubhouse without scoring, before Robinson was bowled for two by a yorker – Dan Jackson taking all three wickets.
Opener Scott Dunn and young Matthew Potts then solidified the innings and the pair never looked in doubt, playing some aggressive stroke play to get ever closer to the victory target of 150, with the hanging threat of the dark clouds and light rain present.
Dunn made another unbeaten score of 67 from 78, and Potts made 62 not out from 55 to seal another fantastic win.
Next week, Ashington seconds host 2013 champions Ponteland.