A family affair for seconds

THERE were double celebrations in the Potts household on Saturday as father and son Dougie and Matty were at the forefront of Ashington’s comprehensive 128-run victory over Morpeth.

Dougie celebrated his 43rd birthday in style by smashing a magnificent century then looked on as teenage son Matty took four wickets for only nine runs as the visitors were out for 85.

Potts senior struck 15 boundaries and one six in his 114 as the hosts racked up 213-6 from their 45 overs allocation.

He featured in a stand of 140 with opener James Ruddick, who hit 43, whilst Jones was Morpeth’s best performer with the ball taking 4-41 from 12.

Craigs top scored for the Longhirst outfit with 36 before he was run out by a direct hit from Matty Edwards, one of three under-15s in the Ashington side.

Steve Williams, Ian Sharkey and skipper Martin Thewlis all picked up two wickets each.

A delighted Thewlis said: “It was good for us to return to winning ways and to get the Annfield Plain defeat out of our system nice and quickly.

“We had to call up a few youngsters and consequently fielded three under-15s in the side, with Matty Potts being joined by brothers Matty and Jake Edwards.

“Matty did exceptionally well ... and was the pick of our bowlers.”

Thewlis also complimented James Ruddick who plays for the under-17s – as well as centurion Dougie Potts.

“James has spent time at the crease today on a wicket where it was not easy to score runs,” he said. “He grafted hard and supported Potts batting maturely and sensibly.

“Dougie came in after Dale Ross and James Ruddick had got us off to a solid but slow start and he accelerated through the innings batting beautifully on a difficult wicket.”

On Saturday Ashington seconds are away to Lintz.