Inspirational Collins takes five wickets as Ashington beat league leaders Swalwell

Ashington bowler Matty Collins in action. Picture by Ian Appleby

Ashington produced one of the results of the season at Langwell Crescent on Saturday when they routed league leaders Swalwell for only 81 to in by 65 runs.

The Colliers – the defending champions of the Go North East Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League – were put into bat but made a solid start in a game which was reduced to 30 overs following heavy and persistent rain during the morning.

Daniel Grant and Neil Wood had given their side a platform with an opening stand of 36 in 11 overs when the former was bowled by Nicky Phillips for 17.

Jack Jessop came in at number three but a few overs later he was next man out, caught behind by Neil Corby off Richard Shotton for nine.

Just before the crucial last ten overs, Shotton bowled Wood for 30 and although Sean McCafferty and Jack McCarthy both fell cheaply, vice-captain Ben O’Brien was batting quite superbly, supported by Matty Storey.

The pair had added 41 when the latter was run out for 14.

O’Brien reached his 50 in 50 minutes off 34 balls and in the final over, when he was the seventh wicket to fall, he had hit four fours and two sixes in a 39-ball knock of 61 as Ashington finished on 146-7.

Ashington knew they had to perform well with the ball – and they did just that, led by the inspirational Matty Collins who bowled up the bank.

The right armer struck in five consecutive overs.

With the last ball of the third he bowled James Welch then in his next had the free scoring Chris Hewison caught behind by Grant for eight.

He also shattered the stumps of Corby and John Meadows as the visitors slumped to 34-4.

Callum Storey got in on the act, with Jack Jessop superbly pouching a swirling skier running around from square leg to send back Lloyd Anderson.

Phillips was next to go, O’Brien taking a smart catch at slip off Collins at 42-6, then left arm spinner Paul Rutherford came into the attack and accounted for Paul Dumighan, lbw, Shotton, caught at cover by Collins, and Ross Sinclair, well pocketed at long off by McCafferty, the latter at 73-9.

O’Brien shuffled his bowlers from the Ashbourne Crescent end and from the second ball of the 23rd over Ian Sharkey clean bowled Guy Saxton to leave the visitors all out for 81.

Collins ended with the glowing figures of 5-26 from seven overs, Rutherford 3-19 from six with one wicket each for Callum Storey and Sharkey.

On Saturday Ashington are away to Leadgate.

Ashington 20 points

Swalwell 5 points

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