Ashington stormed to a double over Percy Main this season in the Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League.
After the heavy rain which fell 24 hours before the clash at St John’s Green, the game was reduced to 42 overs per side.
And, after the Wansbeck outfit had been put into bat, Anirudh Singh, Ben O’Brien and Stephen Boyd provided the thunder with three crucial knocks as the Colliers racked up 205-5.
Then it was spin twins Singh and Paul Rutherford who brought the game to a lightning conclusion as they took four wickets each in eight remarkable overs.
Rutherford was twice on a hat-trick as Percy Main tumbled dramatically from 76-1 to 95 all out.
But Rutherford (4-11 from five overs) and Singh (4-19 from 10 overs) were aided by some truly outstanding catches in the field.
On a wet wicket, Ashington had to fight for runs early on before the highlight was a stand of 95 for the third wicket between Singh and O’Brien.
Singh – a former Percy Main player – departed for an 81 ball innings of 69, which included seven fours and two sixes, whilst O’Brien’s knock of 60 was spiced with seven boundaries and one six.
In the afternoon sunshine, a whirlwind cameo from Boyd provided a late boost to the innings, the right hander firing three sixes in an unbeaten 38 from only 22 deliveries.
Ashington could not have made a better start when the home side began their reply as from the first ball, Callum Storey – who celebrated his 21st birthday 48 hours earlier – had David Anderson caught behind by Daniel Grant.
However, the Colliers certainly did not have everything their own way as Barry Stewart and Mitch Reid added 76 for the second wicket.
From the first delivery of his seventh over, Singh had Stewart (27) caught by Boyd moving across from slip from a ball which ‘popped’.
When Phillip Cramman fell six runs later, to a stupendous one handed catch by Callum Storey, it was the start of a rapid demise, which featured another quite outstanding effort by Ben O’Brien at mid-wicket to bring the curtain down on a top scoring innings of 55 by Reid.
After Singh and Rutherford had run amok, the home innings came to an end when Paddy Rathbone was run out from the fourth ball of the 33rd over.
That proved immaculate timing from Greg Williams’ side as within half an hour, rain began to fall – which was followed later in the evening by monsoon conditions
featuring thunder and lightening.
However, as league leaders Swalwell also collected maximum points against relegated Bedlington, there was no change at the top of the table.
Ashington are still 13 points behind in second place with three games to go.
On Saturday, the Colliers are at home to Tynedale.
Percy Main 2 points; Ashington 20 points