Ashington keep pressure on with win over Ponteland

Ashington CC captain Greg Williams took 4-38 in their seven-wicket win over Ponteland CC. Picture by Ian Appleby -
Ashington CC captain Greg Williams took 4-38 in their seven-wicket win over Ponteland CC. Picture by Ian Appleby -
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The final day of the 2014 season in the Go North East Northumberland and Tyneside Senior League A1 division promises to be a real nail biter as the top four sides face each other.

However, Swalwell’s magnificent run of seven consecutive titles will come to an end as the Derwenthaugh outfit are out of the running for the championship and at best can finish third.

This Saturday they go to leaders Tynedale whilst second placed Shotley Bridge – 12 points adrift of Tynedale – travel to Ashington.

Last weekend the Colliers picked up 19 points to complete a season’s double over Ponteland.

Anthony Quarrell was the mainstay of the home side’s innings as he struck nine boundaries in a top score of 69.

Callum Storey had made the breakthrough, having Ed Common caught in the gully by Ben O’Brien in the fifth over before a stand of 62 developed between Quarrell and Tom Seymour (29).

Just past the half way mark, visiting skipper Greg Williams brought himself into the attack and the move paid dividends.

The right arm spinner ended the partnership in fine style with a full length diving catch from a firmly struck drive from Seymour which brought him the first of four wickets.

Storey took his tally to three and with Anirudh Singh accounting for Thomas Reeman with a direct hit and consequent run out, the home side finished on 144-8 from 50 overs.

Williams ended with 4-38 from 12 overs and Storey 3-33 from a similar stint.

Ashington openers Neil Wood and Singh then forged yet another impressive opening stand of 76 inside 13 overs when the latter missed a straight ball from Liam Cosgrove and was bowled for 46, an innings which included seven fours and two sixes.

Three overs later, Wood succumbed, caught in the gully by Quarrell off Seymour for 31 before Simon Prudhoe and Jack Jessop added 55 for the third wicket to take their side into the home straight.

With 12 runs required for victory, Jessop was bowled by Dave Waters for 34 – but three boundaries from O’Brien sealed the win which arrived from the first ball of the 30th over.

Ponteland 3 points

Ashington 19 points

On Saturday, Ashington are at home to Shotley Bridge (1pm start).