Ashington suffer first defeat of the season

Ashington went down to their first defeat of the season against Backworth on Saturday.

The home side batted first and got off to a flying start with a partnership of 63 between Alan Robson and Mark Minto in 15 overs before skipper Minto was caught behind by Daniel Grant off Chris Watson.

Robson continued to dominate the bowling, completing his half century in the 17th over and was only two runs short of what would have been a superb hundred when he was bowled by Callum Storey, who had just returned for his second spell from the Golf Course end.

Robson’s 98 – which included 12 boundaries and one six from 94 balls – came out of a total of 149 and as Backworth eventually closed on 222-6, they were indebted to knocks of 36 from Michael Race and an unbeaten 26 from Vihang Ahlawat.

Opening bowler Ian Stubbs then made three incisions in the Ashington innings inside his first five overs.

Neil Wood got a thin edge and was caught behind by Robson; Doug Potts was clean bowled then Simon Prudhoe fell in identical fashion.

But a partnership developed between Andrew Gray and Grant which gave the Colliers renewed hope.

The pair had added 65 to take their side just past the hundred mark when the former on 37 returned a caught and bowled chance to Aamir Sohail.

Seven runs later, Grant was bowled by Joy Saini for 39, and when skipper Williams was caught at deep mid-on by Stubbs off Ali, Ashington were back in deep trouble at 145-8.

The tail wagged to gain two extra batting points after reaching 150 then 175 before Stubbs finished the innings off from the final delivery of the 47th over, with Ashington all out for 179, 44 runs short of their target.

Stubbs ended with figures of 5-56 from 14 overs.

Backworth 20 points; Ashington 7 points.

On Saturday, the first XI are at home to Greenside with the seconds away to Shotley Bridge.

Meanwhile Jonathan Storey struck his maiden century for Ashington thirds in their ‘C’ division away fixture against Backworth in midweek.

The 22-year-old plundered 17 fours and five sixes in a magnificent 106 from a whirlwind 46 deliveries.

The Colliers won the game by 91 runs.