Grant half century helps Ashington secure League Cup

Cup winners, back, from left, Andrew McDonnell (scorer), Steve Harmison, Daniel Grant, Callum Storey, Craig Wood, Chris Watson; front, from left, Sonu Singh, Adam Nichol, Scott Dunn, Greg Williams, Matty Storey and Neil Wood. Picture by Ian Appleby
Cup winners, back, from left, Andrew McDonnell (scorer), Steve Harmison, Daniel Grant, Callum Storey, Craig Wood, Chris Watson; front, from left, Sonu Singh, Adam Nichol, Scott Dunn, Greg Williams, Matty Storey and Neil Wood. Picture by Ian Appleby

Ashington Cricket Club’s senior XI won silverware for the first time in nine years when they triumphed over neighbours Alnwick by 15 runs to lift the A2 Divisional Cup at Langwell Crescent on Friday evening.

Daniel Grant’s unbeaten half century proved to be an invaluable knock for the Colliers before Sonu Singh had the visitors reeling as he took 4-18.

Midweek captain Scott Dunn lost the toss and the skipper quickly saw his outfit put on the back foot and in deep trouble at 11-3 inside four overs.

Dunn himself was first to go, yorked from the fourth ball of a wicket maiden opener from Gareth Bateman.

Then in the next, Neil Wood was bowled by Andrew Scott.

When Singh tried to run the ball down to third man, he fell in identical fashion to Wood.

But Grant and Steve Harmison helped stem the tide and had advanced the total onto 48 when in the tenth over a misunderstanding led to the latter being run out.

Adam Nichol joined Grant and the former certainly played his part, clipping a six and a four in the 14th over, and also included a reverse sweep in an innings of 23.

Greg Williams (11) and Matty Storey (12 not out) chipped in, but it was Grant who, after going in to bat at number three with no runs on the board, took the plaudits.

He hit five fours in a determined knock which culminated in him reaching his half century with a single in the last over as the home side finished with a respectable 128-7 after their earlier plight.

Alnwick’s reply whilst not being identical nevertheless followed a similar pattern.

Daniel Graham had his middle stump knocked back by Callum Storey in the third over then Singh removed Michael Brewis and Jamie Guy, bowling both in consecutive overs.

Singh again struck when Robert Green played forward but in the ninth, the Colliers lured top batsman Michael Threlfall into a trap. Williams gave the ball plenty of flight whereupon Threlfall lofted it towards the leg side boundary but straight down Matty Storey’s throat.

Before the half way mark and with the score on 43, Singh picked up his fourth wicket with Scott caught behind by Grant.

When Laurence Reeves was bowled by Chris Watson in the 12th, Alnwick – playing in their first final for 20 years – had slid to 54-7 and required ten an over.

However ,skipper Rob Woods and the evergreen Dave Wright made a fist of things with a determined stand of 44 before Woods (21) played on to a delivery from Harmison.

Wright fell in the penultimate over for 19, and although Bateman and Jonathon Roxburgh did their utmost, the target proved too great with Ashington the victors by 15 runs.

Afterwards, George Gilroy, vice-president of the Wellstream Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League, presented the cup to Ashington skipper Dunn.