Skipper Levison praises Ashington 2nds after winning draw

Ashington 2nds v TynemouthAshington Cricket Club’s second team skipper Michael Levison said it was a great teamperformance by his side as they clocked up a winning draw in the sweltering heat against Tynemouth at Langwell Crescent on Saturday.

Monday, 14th June 2021, 12:59 pm
Michael Levison.
Michael Levison.

The home side declared on 250-8 from 52 overs with the coast outfit replying on 199-8.

And Levison – stand-in captain in the absence of Josh Robinson – certainly led by example as he featured in an opening stand of 95 with Thomas Luke. Chris Beever broke through in the 20th over having Luke (26) lbw but Levison and Matty Potts continued to pile on the runs in another productive partnership worth 63. Levison then fell leg before for 83 from 109 balls which included 14 fours and one six.

Potts was eventually bowled by Neil Bennett for an 80 ball knock of 76 (ten fours and one six) and after Matty Storey had contributed 32, Levison called the innings to a close.

In Tynemouth’s reply Christopher Fairley (75) and Richard Straughan (42) figured in a second wicket stand of 84 and Matty Walton finished unbeaten on 24 as the coast side finished on 199-8.

Levison was later named the Man of the Match and said: “I had no hesitation in electing to bat. We made a dream start but had to show a bit of patience and wait for the bad ball. Matty Potts hit the ball hard and batted particularly well for his 76 and Matty Storey weighed in with 32.

“It was hard work for our opening bowlers. The ball wasn’t swinging or moving off the pitch but they were impressive and didn’t get as many wickets as they deserved. Youngster Jonny Lillico gives us something different – he’s a left arm spinner who takes pace off the ball and bowls with nice flight and variation.”

He went on: “Tynemouth had a partnership of over 100 and looked close to winning but then the runs dried up and when we got them seven and eight wickets down, they put the shutters up and played for a draw.”

Meanwhile Ashington-born Levison – who has endured an injury-plagued season - was chuffed with his own innings: “It was nice,” said the 43 year old, “Despite the knocks to my knee, I haven’t felt out of form but haven’t scored as many runs as I should have done and I’m hoping this will be the start of a change in fortunes.”