Ashington’s Ben O’Brien calls on supporters to get behind team in cup final

Ashington's Ben O'Brien in action with the bat. Picture by Ian Appleby
Ashington's Ben O'Brien in action with the bat. Picture by Ian Appleby

Ashington Cricket Club vice-captain Ben O’Brien is calling on the public to rally round and support the team when they compete in a cup final on Friday night.

The Go North East Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League Division A1 pacesetters meet A2 league leaders Ryton in the final of the League Cup at Langwell Crescent.

O’Brien said: “We are having a brilliant season so far and are playing some good cricket.

“The performance against Shotley Bridge a few days ago which got us into the final of the competition was excellent, and it would be great if the general public could come along and lend their support.”

Ben Harmison hit a belligerent unbeaten 59, which included four sixes and six fours from only 24 balls, with Ani Singh (40), Jack Jessop (33) and O’Brien (24) contributing as the Mighty Acorns posted 176-4.

Despite 33 from skipper Stuart Graham, Shotley fell 65 runs short of their target.

Friday’s final has a 6pm start.

Meanwhile O’Brien described his side’s exit at the semi-final stage of the Tyneside Charity Bowl against Tynedale on Wednesday night as a “hiccup”.

The Colliers went down by eight wickets in the face of some ferocious and phenomenal big hitting by home professional Patrick Matautaava, who smashed eight sixes and seven fours in a whirlwind 92 from only 33 deliveries.

“I’m treating the defeat as a hiccup because I still thought our general display on the night was good,” added O’Brien.

Harmison struck 48, Singh 46 and Sean McCafferty 25 as Ashington totalled 167-7 from 20 overs.

Matautaava reached his half century out of a total of 63 before eventually being caught by Singh off Callum Storey.

James Rainford (38 not out), skipper Thomas Cant (22) and Noah Hiles (14 not out) also featured for the hosts who wrapped up victory from the fifth ball of the 16th over.

The two sides clash again on Saturday when Ashington, who head the A1 division by 39 points, host their Hexham-based opponents, who are fourth, at Langwell Crescent.