Ashington consolidated top spot Go North East Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League’s A1 division with a crushing seven wickets win over Consett at Langwell Crescent on Saturday.
Five wins on the bounce reaping maximum points into the bargain, has represented a dream start for Greg Williams’ side.
But they nevertheless had to graft hard for their latest success.
Rain forced a late start which reduced the game to 45 overs per side, but Ben Harmison moved into a smooth rhythm and was rewarded as he removed openers Mansoor and Hunter, both caught behind by wicketkeeper Daniel Grant, inside the first eight overs.
After the latter’s dismissal the visitors stood on 24-2 but recovered through the efforts of Waters and Joshi.
The pair added 72 for the third wicket until Harmison was brought back into the attack from the pavilion end and did the trick, breaking the partnership by bowling Waters who had just completed his half century.
Right arm spinner Ani Singh then made a telling contribution, removing Winn, Chapman and Joshi (34) as Consett teetered to 127-6 before rallying as Milligan and Turnbull added 33.
Williams again shuffled his bowlers and with only four overs remaining the visitors were on 157-6, but in a late flourish Paul Rutherford and Callum Storey came to the fore, claiming two wickets apiece, and from the first ball of the final over, Consett were all out for 170.
Harmison returned figures of 3-33, Singh 3-45, Rutherford 2-30 and Storey 2-33.
In reply, Singh drove the first ball he received off the front foot for four, but Ashington’s overseas player fell leg before to Milligan in the seventh over for nine with 18 on the board.
Neil Wood and Jack Jessop settled into fluent grooves, batting quite beautifully, but after featuring in a stand worth 83, the pair, who both warranted half centuries, fell within five overs of each other.
Jessop (41) clipped a delivery from Mansoor straight at Joshi fielding at cover point, then with 56 required for victory, Wood (46) lofted Milligan to Mansoor at mid-off.
However, Ben O’Brien (34 not out) and Sean McCafferty (23 not out), both batting with assurance and determination, led their side home with two overs to spare.
Match sponsor: Ian Bell, Kestrel plumbing & heating services On Saturday Ashington are at home to Leadgate.
Ashington 20 points
Consett 4 points
In midweek Ashington defeated Alnmouth & Lesbury in the League Cup by 46 runs. Ashington 137-5 (Neil Wood 34, Greg Williams 27); Alnmouth & Lesbury 91 all out (Paul Straker 26, Ian Sharkey 5-22, Matty Potts 3-27).