Ashington undone by Trevaskis

NORTH EAST PREMIER LEAGUE DIVISION ONE:Ashington 185-9; Newcastle 188-7(Newcastle won by 3 wickets)A magnificent batting performance from Liam Trevaskis led Newcastle to a three wickets victory over Ashington.

Monday, 24th May 2021, 1:39 pm

The home outfit had chipped away at their target of 186 without too much trouble – but the introduction of Cameron Steel changed all that as the leg spinner struck three times in as many overs.

With Ian Sharkey weighing in at the other end by taking two wickets, all of a sudden Newcastle were on the ropes as they approached the half way mark towards their goal. However Trevaskis had his own ideas which completely scuppered Ashington’s brilliant fight back, clouted eight boundaries and three maximums in his unbeaten 76.

Steel finished with 4-59 and Sharkey 2-30 supported by a great piece of fielding by Ben Harmison which led to a run out for the other wicket.

Home skipper Ben Quirk won the toss and put Ashington into bat and after Friday’s incessant rain, it was incredible that the game got under way on time. The Wansbeck side had Cameron Steel playing his first game of the season and he opened with Jack Jessop but the pair were forced to graft hard for runs against a bowling attack of Ross Sinclair and George Darwood.

However it was the introduction of Trevaskis for the 13th over which had a telling effect as Steel played back against the left arm spinner and was bowled then Scott Pearcey tried to cut a ball from Trevaskis and was caught at slip by Benjamin Mussett at 30-2. Ben Harmison immediately found gaps as he nudged singles but he lost his partner Jessop in the 21st after the opener danced down the track to Trevaskis and only succeeded in slicing the ball to Darwood at point. Ashington were 55-3 at the half way point and were in desperate need for runs – but just when they had started to gain a bit of impetus, Trevaskis struck again taking his fourth wicket after trapping Jack McCarthy for 21.

That fell with the total on 77 but the Harmison brothers - Ben and James – picked up the momentum with a stand of 37 before the latter also fell lbw. Next over, skipper McCafferty was run out then Ben Harmison and Cameron Skinner figured in a partnership of 29. Skinner hit 18 but became the third leg before victim of the innings. As they looked to push the total even further, Harmison completed a fine half century in the 48th only to loft Quirk next ball to the long on boundary and was caught by Francis Collins.

Callum Storey struck a couple of sixes before he was pouched by wicketkeeper Jonathon Barnes and Ashington finished with a respectable score of 185 as Sharkey and Matty Collins scrambled singles.

*Meanwhile the division two match between Ashington seconds and Newcastle seconds was called off on Saturday morning with the Langwell Crescent ground unfit following the rainfall.

*On Saturday (May 29) Ashington firsts are at home to Shotley Bridge with the seconds away to Whitburn.