Ashington edge closer to a top three finish

Ashington bowler Craig Wood took 3-16 to help bowl out Consett for only 83. Picture by Ian Appleby -
Ashington bowler Craig Wood took 3-16 to help bowl out Consett for only 83. Picture by Ian Appleby -

Ashington’s hopes of a top three finish in the A1 Division of the Go North East Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League increased on Saturday – courtesy of the weather.

Defending champions Swalwell, who were in third place below leaders Tynedale and Shotley Bridge, had gone into Saturday’s programme holding an eight points lead over the Wansbeck side.

But whilst the Colliers were picking up a maximum haul over Consett at Langwell Crescent, Swalwell were collecting the mandatory five points for an unplayed match after their game at Leadgate was washed out.

Greg Williams’ side now have the upper hand with two games of the campaign remaining, and it would be seen to be a notable achievement should they finish in the top bracket.

Ashington, who went down to defeat by three wickets at Consett in the corresponding fixture in June, made no mistake in claiming revenge as they routed the Durham side for 83 in under two hours.

Opening pace bowlers Callum Storey and Craig Wood did the early damage to have the visitors reeling on 23-5.

Storey initiated the slump when he had Gary Hunter caught at slip by Anirudh Singh for two from the fourth ball of the innings, then Wood bowled Anderson for nought.

Storey nipped Foster out lbw before Wood claimed two further wickets in two overs, rearranging the stumps of Chapman and Dixon.

Ringer and Hassan steadied the ship with a mid-innings stand worth 42 – then Peter Finch made the breakthrough, bowling the former, who had smacked five boundaries in a top scoring 30.

The dismissal sparked off another flurry of wickets.

Anirudh Singh captured Wilkinson, McPherson and Cox, the latter last man out from the second ball of the 28th over caught by Neil Wood at mid-wicket, whilst Hassan holed out to Matty Storey at deep mid-wicket for 11.

Craig Wood ended with 3-16 from seven overs and Anirudh Singh 3-8 from 6.2 whilst Callum Storey returned figures of 2-24 from eight and Peter Finch 2-26 from six.

In the eighth over of the reply, Neil Wood was bowled by Anderson for two before Anirudh Singh dominated a second wicket partnership of 53 with Simon Prudhoe, who was caught and bowled by Hunter for 12 shortly before Ashington clinched victory.

Singh, who scored the winning run in the 23rd over, ended unbeaten on 58, an innings which included five fours and one six from 55 deliveries.

Ashington 20 points

Consett 1 point

On Saturday the Colliers are away to Ponteland.