Ashington win by five wickets against Lanchester

Lanchester 176-7Ashington177-5(Ashington won by 5 wickets)It may be early days …… but Ashington’s game against Willington at Langwell Crescent on Saturday will be a top of the table clash.

Monday, 3rd May 2021, 1:02 pm

It may be early days …… but Ashington’s game against Willington at Langwell Crescent on Saturday will be a top of the table clash.

Newcastle lead the first division of the North East Premier League with a maximum haul from their first three games whilst second placed Willington head a cluster of six clubs separated by only four points.

Ashington – who made it two wins from three matches following a comfortable victory over Lanchester at the weekend - are sitting third with skipper Sean McCafferty declaring that his side have yet to turn in a ‘complete performance.’

McCafferty lost the toss and Lanchester chose to bat, losing key batsman Graham Brinton to the first ball.

What a start – and things got even better. Collins and Cameron Skinner bowled superbly well and Lanchester found runs hard to come by with only 14 on the board after ten overs. By that time, Kieran Gohery had cut another delivery from Collins to Matty Storey at point. That came at five for two in the seventh and wicket number three came after the first of two pieces of shrewd captaincy by McCafferty.

For the 14th over, he brought Callum Storey into the attack and with his second ball, Luke McCabe edged the tall right armer behind to wicketkeeper Jack McCarthy. The visitors got some runs on the board but with the score advanced onto 47, McCafferty pouched a catch from Ryan McVittie at mid off from the highly economical bowling of spinner James Harmison who sent down ten overs for a miserly 13 runs.

Ian Sharkey struck early after Greg Patterson clipped to the leg side but was out by virtue of a superb low catch by Callum Storey posted at a wide deep mid wicket position.

Lanchester were 80-5 in the 33rd over but the lower order – led by Charlie McPhail (40) and Daniel Storey (37 not out) – rallied with the visitors closing on 176-7 from their 50 overs. Collins and Callum Storey took two wickets apiece.

Incredibly, Ashington’s reply followed a similar pattern with the hosts also three wickets down in the early stages. Jack Jessop was the first to depart, caught at cover by Brinton from the last ball of the fourth over then a peach of a delivery from Kieron Taylor saw Matty Storey nick behind.

Scott Pearcey was next to go at 38-3.’ But as at Shotley Bridge, Ben Harmison and Jack McCarthy steadied the Ashington ship with a stand of 91 inside 15 overs.

When McCarthy fell lbw in the 24th for 40, James Harmison partnered his brother Ben in a stand worth 47 before, with 11 runs required, the latter hoisted Callum Barnes and was caught by Gohery for an excellently compiled 70. Skipper McCafferty joined James Harmison and the pair took the Mighty Acorns home in the 34th over.