McDonell 50 in vain as Ashington Rugby beat Bomarsund

Bomarsund CC midweek team remain bottom of the division as they suffered their sixth defeat of the season with a five-wicket loss to third-placed Ashington Rugby at the Welfare.

Opener Andrew McDonnell struck an unbeaten 63 to help the hosts to a respectable total of 121-7 from their allotted overs following a mid-order collapse.

In Reply, Dan Robinson struck three times and Adam Gardiner twice, but Cory Milburn (45) and Jay Little (36) impacted the innings as the latter saw them home inside 15 overs.

With the absence of both captain and vice-captain, Andrew Matthews stood in and after winning the toss, Bomar made a steady start with McDonnell striking three back-to-back boundaries in the fourth.

However, Matthews departed in the next over after being bowled and Dan Robinson followed him back to the pavilion in the same fashion just three balls later.

Gardiner and McDonnell produced a 32-run stand to take the score up to 52-2 just before the half-way point, but was out following a superb catch off his own bowling by Martyn Redford.

The hosts then found themselves five down with only 66 on the board from 14 overs, but McDonnell progressed onto the late 40s with some decisive blows.

He then moved past his half-century, first for the club, with a well-timed drive back down the ground as the hosts reached their 100 with three overs left in the innings.

Tom More joined the opener at the crease and started his innings with two boundaries, but ran himself out the last ball of the innings trying scampering through for a single.

With their reply, Milburn took seven off the first two balls of the innings as the visitors’ openers looked to take it to the bowling attack from the outset.

Milburn, who scored last time the sides met, produced some fine hitting of the cricket ball as he moved through the gears, but departed five short of his 50 following a neat stumping by Matthews.

Little then took reigns, picking up where the captain left off, Robinson struck two more times and Gardiner took two wickets, but the visitors only required another seven runs.

Scott Maddison struck a boundary with his first ball, and with McDonnell’s first ball of the innings, Little tucked the ball away to score the decisive run in the game.