Dream start for Ashington

Ashington made a dream start to the 2021 season after securing a seven wickets winover Crook in their North East Premier League Division One fixture at Langwell Crescenton Saturday.

Monday, 19th April 2021, 10:43 am

Jack Jessop was named as the K Plastics Man of the Match after the opener scored a fabulous unbeaten 97 – which included 14 fours and one six - but there

was so much more to admire as other members of the side weighed in with key performances.

Andrew Pratt was instrumental as he gave the visitors a whirlwind start in the power play. The left hander’s big hitting - which included three fours and two sixes inside the opening five overs – saw the Crook total accelerate rapidly to 48. But in the sixth, Cameron Skinner struck at the double. James Hindmarsh partnered Pratt and the pair added 61 before a smart piece of fielding by Ben Harmison led to a run out for 114-3.

Next to shine for Ashington was pace man Callum Storey, who bowled Daniel Pratt for six then looked on as James Harmison pouched a stinging catch at backward point to end Andrew Pratt’s 83 ball knock of 66.

Storey made it three wickets in two overs with Marc Boughey gloving a bouncer behind to McCarthy on 132-6 but a patient and controlled stand for the seventh wicket worth 47. ended when James Harmison held a caught and bowled chance to send back Wills for 16 then a fine piece of fielding by Adam Nichol led to the run out of Jamie Wills.

Skinner returned to account for Will Barnham then from the first ball of the last over, Ian Sharkey took a splendid catch just inside the boundary edge to deny Burgess – who was on 49 – his half century. The visitors closed on 208 all out.

In reply, Ashington – who lost McCafferty in the second over, also got off to a rapid start thanks to Jessop. The home side were well ahead of the run rate when newcomer Scott Pearcey (10) edged to Burgess but quickfire knocks from Ben Harmison (35) and Jack McCarthy (38no) as well as Jessop being in full flow saw the Mighty Acorns reach their target in the 25th.

*On Saturday, Ashington are away to Shotley Bridge.