Jack Jessop and Ben O’Brien were in fine form with the bat and seam bowler Matty Collins took four wickets as Ashington returned to winning ways with a comprehensive 93 runs victoiry over Tynedale on Saturday.
Put into bat, the Colliers were indebted to two fine partnerships – both involving O’Brien - as they ended on 227-8 from their 50 overs. Jessop and O’Brien set a solid foundation of 75 for the third wicket after Dan Grant had been caught behind by wicketkeeper Jamie Crichton in the eighth over for 22 and Jack McCarthy had fallen lbw to Tynedale skipper Thomas Cant for two in the 14th.
Jessop continued his rich vein of form as he completed his fourth half century of the campaign in the 24th over before he was next to go, skying Paul Newton to Cant at mid on. That came in the 35th over with the score on 124 and as Ashington looked to push on with the scoring, Sean McCafferty hit a delivery from Newton straight down Daniel Parker’s throat on the deep mid wicket boundary.
O’Brien was calmly building an innings and when he was joined by Harmison, the pair added 58 until both fell in the 48th over to Josh Renton. Harmison was caught by Oliver Fletcher for 19 then Renton bowled O’Brien – who had reached his half century with a straight drive in the 45th - for 68.
James Harmison and Stephen Boyd also lost their wickets – the latter from the final ball of the innings – as the Colliers attempted to boost their total.
Tynedale made a disastrous start being 12-4 inside nine overs as a ruthless combination of Matty Collins and Harmison wreaked havoc with two wickets apiece.
In fairness, the Hexham based outfit dug deep with Callan McCabe leading the way. Fletcher departed after a stunning catch by Paul Rutherford then it was Rutherford who took the wickets of Euan Stephenson and McCabe – the latter on 103-7 after a fighting knock of 48.
O’Brien weighed in to take the ninth wicket with Renton holing out to a catch at mid off by Jack McCarthy. Collins who had returned to the attack to bowl down the bank, accounted for Sam Peter then the right armer polished off the innings on 134 as he again shattered the stumps.