Ashington go top with easy derby win over Bedlington

Dan Grant saw Ashington CC home to secure a seven-wicket win over Bedlington CC. Picture by Ian Appleby -
Dan Grant saw Ashington CC home to secure a seven-wicket win over Bedlington CC. Picture by Ian Appleby -

Ashington went to the top of the league on a day when Bedlington slumped to an embarrassing seven-wicket defeat at home to their neighbours.

With skipper Sean McCafferty unlikely to figure again this season after breaking his ankle playing football and Matty Tanney returning to Ashington Rugby Club, coupled to the news that Chris Younger was unavailable after returning from holiday in the early hours, the hosts batting looked threadbare.

Connor Leason and Ian Campbell were drafted in at the last minute.

Having gone for 365 runs last week when bowling first, their was some relief when on winning the toss visiting skipper Greg Williams invited Bedlington to bat.

What followed was a ruthless bowling and fielding performance from a side who look capable of winning the title this season.

Michael Levison and Kev Harnett opened up against Callum Storey and Stephen Boyd.

Levison was first to fall, bowled by Boyd for nine with the score on 15.

After a lengthy rain delay, Harnett was next to fall, well caught by Williams for four off the bowling of Storey.

Darren Leason and Joe Carrick attempted to see off the opening bowling but Leason fell, caught for four by Adam Nichol off Matty Collins.

Craig Robinson was bowled for four by the same bowler and when Carrick (2) was bizarrely run out by wicketkeeper Daniel Grant, the hosts were in disarray at 26-5.

This soon became 26-6 when young Connor Leason was bowled by Anirudh Singh without scoring, soon followed by Lewis Tanney (1), Nicky Douglas (5) and Campbell for one.

A last wicket partnership of 12 between Nicky Carr (10 not out) and Josh Watson (2) saw the hosts bundled out for 46 in the 27th over.

Storey claimed 2-10, Boyd 1-10, Collins 3-19 and Singh 3-6.

With the weather closing in Ashington pushed to knock the runs off quickly.

Neil Wood fell for five caught by Tanney off the bowling of Robinson and Singh went bowled by the same bowler for 17 after hitting back to back sixes.

Jack Jessop was the last man to fall for no score lbw to Nicky Carr before Ben O’Brien (10) and Grant (13) saw the visitors to a crushing seven wicket triumph.

Bedlington 1 point

Ashington 20 points

On Saturday, Bedlington first XI are away to Alnmouth & Lesbury with the seconds at home to the same opposition.