Bowlers get Ashington back on track

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Ashington finally got their season back on track on Saturday with a comfortable six wickets win over Newcastle City at Gosforth.

After suffering their second defeat of the season two weeks earlier against Alnmouth & Lesbury, the Colliers had to endure a frustrating evening session at home to Whickham when, with the game nicely poised, the weather scuppered any chance of a result.

However, the sun shone brightly for last weekend’s trip to City and the outfit from Wansbeck – showing three changes – were 20 points better off shortly after the 5pm mark as they fired the hosts out for 80 inside 30 overs.

City got off to a free scoring start with 14 runs on the board from the first two overs, but in the third, Callum Storey trapped Rashid leg before for 12.

Next over, Sonu Singh – playing against his former outfit – pegged back Mukhtar’s off stump at 20-2, then in the ninth, Iqbal was caught behind by Daniel Grant off Storey.

Things went from bad to worse as Shafiq left a delivery from Storey and was clean bowled, and the introduction of Chris Watson also proved instrumental.

In his first over, Hussain pulled a shot to the boundary where he was pocketed by Adam Nichol, and in his second over, Watson brought Mohammed’s innings to an end via an lbw appeal.

And 53-6 became 59-8 with wickets for Watson and Craig Wood – the latter making his first A2 league appearance of the campaign.

Wood struck again in his next over but a late flourish from Shah (17) supported by last man Saleem enabled the hosts to propel their score to 80 before Watson claimed his fourth wicket of the afternoon session to wrap up the innings and end with figures of 4-14 from 7.3 overs.

Callum Storey took 3-19 from eight; Singh 1-22 from seven and Wood 2-19 from seven.

Ashington lost vice-captain Scott Dunn – who skippered the side in Greg Williams’ absence – in the sixth over, but Neil Wood and Adam Nichol added 20 before the former was caught by Shah for 14.

Nichol was next to go in the 24th over after hitting a top scoring 24, and although Sohail took his fourth wicket of the innings when he had Doug Potts lbw, Matty Storey and Steve Harmison took Ashington over the finishing line with Harmison ending the game in style with a six off Khalid.

Newcastle City 3 pts; Ashington 20 pts.

In midweek the Colliers bowed out of the Tyneside Charity Bowl after a five wickets defeat against Cowgate.

Adam Nichol included seven boundaries in his 62 and Doug Potts scored 24 out of a total of 125-8.

Jaswinder Singh then hit 51 for the visitors as they clinched victory with one over to spare. On Saturday, Ashington first XI are at home to new A2 league leaders Benwell & Walbottle with the second XI away to Ponteland.