Ashington in dire straits until brothers in arms come to rescue

Matty, left, and Callum Storey.
Matty, left, and Callum Storey.

Matty and Callum Storey came to Ashington’s rescue in a Smithson Cup match against Ponteland last week.

The Storey brothers lead their side home against all the odds with an 80-run partnership for the seventh wicket.

Wellstream Northumberland & Tyneside A1 side Ponteland had posted 136-8 with Anthony Quarrell (46) and Jonathan Appleby (44) top scoring, and they appeared to be in a great position when they had the hosts reeling at 25-5 at the half way stage.

Skipper Greg Williams was then dismissed before the brothers came together – Matty hitting 62 from 34 balls with seven fours and two sixes whilst Callum struck 28 from 21 deliveries with one boundary and two sixes.

The pair completed a memorable success with an unbroken partnership of 80 inside ten overs.

Twenty-one year old Matty said: “We were 20-4 when I went to the wicket to join Adam Nichol, then Greg Williams came in at 25-5.

“Greg and myself just batted because there was no pressure on us and it was initially a case of looking to get a bit of batting practice for Saturday.

“Greg was out, which brought Callum in and although we needed 11 runs an over we still thought we could win it.

“Callum hit 15 off one over and all of a sudden we needed one to win from the last over.

“It was incredible.”

Eighteen-year-old Callum, a student at Nottingham Trent University, said: “When I went into bat, it was just a case of supporting Matty at the start.

“We thought we had no chance at one point but then we kept scoring boundaries and got closer and closer to the target and we then believed we could do it at the end.

“It was terrific.”

And for the record, Matty and Callum’s younger brother, Alex, made his first team debut in the same match.

The upshot of the success is that if results go there way this week, the Colliers could be pitched into the final of the competition on Sunday, July 28.

On Tuesday, they were due to travel to face Alnmouth & Lesbury in the quarter-final where success would see them take on Newcastle at home on Thursday, July 25.

The final is scheduled to be played at Benwell Hill’s Denton Bank ground on Sunday where opponents will be Cowgate or Tynemouth.