Defeat leaves seconds facing a possible title decider

TWO weeks on Saturday will be – weather permitting – when the destination of the B1 championship will be decided.

Following Saturday’s results, leaders Sacriston – four points ahead of Ashington before play – extended their lead to 20 with their win over Shotley Bridge coupled with the Colliers’ defeat against Lanchester.

Now it appears all will rest on the clash between Ashington and Sacriston at Langwell Crescent on September 3.

Stand-in skipper Matty Hetherington rued losing the toss last weekend on a wet wicket.

Lanchester duly invited the home side to take first strike, but apart from a top scoring 27 from Matty Storey and 25 from Dale Ross, the Colliers struggled to cope with the wicket.

Callaghan helped himself to a six-wicket haul for 41 runs with Ashington all out in the last over for 137.

In reply, Kieron Taylor hit an unbeaten 74 as he led his side to victory in the 39th over.

Afterwards, Hetherington said: “It was a very important toss to win.

“Dale and Matty stuck in really well but it was difficult to get the ball away.

“Taylor and Tony Dumighan both bowled well, then when Callaghan came on as first change, we hit everything in the air which led to dismissals.

“We thought at tea that 137 was a competitive score, but despite a good spell from Trevor Christie – and he bowled far better than his figures of 1-50 from 13 overs suggest – we could not get ourselves into a winning position.”

On Saturday Ashington seconds travel to play Tynedale at Priors Flat, Hexham.