Asnington 2nds celebrate win
Benwell Hill 2nds 200-9;Ashington 2nds 201-7(Ashington 2nds won by 3 wickets)It was a day for celebrations at Ashington Cricket Club’s Langwell Crescent ground on Saturday as two players – Michael Levison and Alex Storey - shared a birthday and Mighty Acorns batsman Jonny Storey made sure that the duo had something to smile about.
The right hander put the icing on the cake to mastermind his side to a thrilling three wickets victory with an excellent unbeaten 49 against previously unbeaten division two league leaders Benwell Hill which earned him the K Plastics Man of the Match award.
One swallow doesn’t make a summer but Josh Robinson’s Ashington side - who went into the contest with two defeats in three games – were naturally cock-a-hoop when teenager Alfie Clark played the most classic of cover drives which clinched the result with ten balls to spare.
Starting the run chase requiring four an over after the Denton Bank visitors had posted 200-9 from their 50 overs, Ashington were going along well but their innings began to stumble by the half way mark. Levison and Adam Nichol had given them a tidy base with a partnership of 47 before the leaders hit back.
Nichol was caught behind by Joe Moore off Tom Hastilow for 29 then Levison went for 32. Matty Potts was looking in good form but was bowled by Joseph Torre for 20 and when Thomas Luke and Robinson both departed it appeared that the pendulum had swung back in favour of the visitors.
Ashington’s runs-per-over increased to six and when Alex Storey and George Collins fell, they still required 39 with only three wickets left.
But step forward Jonny Storey who quietly went about his work and led from the front ably supported by Clark, the pair whittling down the target to such an extent that nothing less than a thrilling finish was guaranteed. Thirteen were needed from three overs and six from two
overs when Clark clipped a couple followed by that cover drive to clinch the win.
Earlier in the afternoon, the Acorns had struck to leave their visitors on 200 by the close. Bob Rutherford (3-37) and Alex Storey (3-46) helped propel Ashington up to fifth in the table ahead of Saturday’s home clash against Newcastle.