Ashington seconds put pressure on leaders

Ashington seconds took a maximum haul against second placed Swalwell on Saturday to claw back the deficit between the two clubs in the league to seven points.

Martin Thewlis’s side, who were already in third place before the contest, remain in the same position but have closed the gap on the Derwenthaugh outfit as a result of the win and remain 15 points behind leaders Ponteland, whom they meet at the end of August.

At Langwell Crescent on Saturday, opener Adam Nichol initially led the scoring stakes with 57, then Michael Thewlis hit 58 as the Colliers were bowled out for 185 from 45 overs.

In reply, Simon Clarke struck 41 and Philip Clarke 20 but Swalwell must have thought they had a match winner in Jason Dumighan.

The long serving player, who opened, struck an unbeaten 63 – but his efforts were all in vain as Ashington unearthed their own hero in Matty Collins.

The youngster weighed in with a magnificent spell, taking 5-10 from 9.3 overs including three maidens.

Graham Whitworth took 2-54 with one wicket each for James Richards (1-35) and Martin Thewlis (1-30) as the home side finished victors by a 28-run margin.