Ashington keep pressure on lead leaders in low scoring win

Ashington alll rounder Stephen Boyd.
Ashington alll rounder Stephen Boyd.

The wickets tumbled at an alarming rate at Langwell Crescent on Saturday as bowlers on both sides dominated.

But Ashington edged a low scoring contest against reigning champions Tynedale to keep the pressure on league leaders Swalwell.

The Gateshead-based outfit picked up a ten-wicket success at home to Lanchester and continue to top the table 13 points ahead of the Colliers with two games of the season remaining.

Tynedale had 18 on the board but then Callum Storey made a double breakthrough in his third over, bowling both Meadows and Cant.

Stephen Boyd continued the trend knocking over the stumps of Fellowes, Rainford and Crichton (17), the latter at 50-5 after only 14 overs.

Home skipper Greg Williams brought Anirudh Singh into the attack and he struck by removing Callum Barnes.

Will Dagg (13) and Renton (11) produced the highest stand of the innings before the latter fell to Singh.

Spinner Paul Rutherford then clean up the tail, having Lucas caught by Matty Storey and trapping Dagg lbw, whilst in-between, Neil Wood affected the run out of Pinches as Tynedale were shot out for 76 from the second ball of the 34th over.

Ashington’s bowling figures made good reading: Boyd 3-15 from nine overs; Storey 2-33 from six; Singh 2-15 from 11 and Rutherford 2-5 from 4.2.

In pursuit, Ashington’s reply followed a similar pattern.

Neil Wood and Jack Jessop fell in Thomas Cant’s first over as the skipper brought himself on as an early change for Dagg.

Singh went for 17, Ben O’Brien for six and Daniel Grant for 13 as Tynedale held the upper hand through Cant and Barnes.

From a shaky looking 49-5, Williams fell for nine and when Matty Storey became Barnes’ fourth wicket on 66, the Colliers still required 12 to win.

But the experience of Boyd and Michael Thewlis came to the fore as the pair took their side through a nerve wracking finale before clinching victory from the last ball of the 27th over.

Ashington 20 points

Tynedale 3 points

Match sponsor: Mark Aitchison, (bathroom and tile shop).

On Saturday, Ashington are away to Consett.