Outstanding fielding sees Ashington beat Ryton

Matty Storey took 3-6 in five overs in Ashington's comprehensive away win over Ryton CC. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
Matty Storey took 3-6 in five overs in Ashington's comprehensive away win over Ryton CC. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
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Ashington blew away the rain clouds and Ryton at Sir Charles Parsons Park on Saturday.

They wrapped up their sixth victory of the season despite the odds being stacked against them.

Having batted themselves into a terrific position at 139-2 after 25 overs, Greg Williams’ side were then forced to kick their heels for two hours as the rain, which had been forecast and eventually arrived in heavy fashion, threatened to have the final say on proceedings.

During the enforced interlude, the players had tea, and as the rain came down harder, it appeared a formality that the game was going to be called off.

But surprisingly, there was a break in the clouds and after the water hog had removed the water from the protective cover on the wicket and the outfield had absorbed the water remarkably well, play recommenced shortly after 5pm.

After being put into bat, Ashington openers Neil Wood and Anirudh Singh forged a profitable stand of 78 inside 15 overs before Wood was bowled middle stump by Johnny O’Neill for 24.

Then shortly afterwards, Singh, looking to flick the ball away on the leg side, was trapped lbw to the same bowler for 42.

The hundred came up in the 20th over, but after the lengthy stoppage the game was reduced to 33 overs per side.

However, batsmen Jack Jessop and Ben O’Brien not only continued where they left off before the interruption but also engaged in some big hitting, adding a further 60 runs from the last eight overs before O’Brien, having middled eight fours and two sixes in 69 from 43 balls - his half century coming up in the 27th - was stumped in the penultimate over as he looked to accelerate the scoring further.

From the first ball of the 33rd, a single brought Jessop his 50, then skipper Williams struck his first ball for a six over the long-off boundary but was caught behind from the last of the over with Ashington closing on 211-4.

Callum Storey then gave the visitors a great start as he removed David Howarth from the fifth ball of the innings, caught and bowled.

Neil Robinson hit four boundaries in 19 but in the third he perished, caught at cover by Neil Wood off Storey.

From the first ball of the fourth, a sensational stumping by Daniel Grant saw the end of Raymond Marshall, and on 31, Ryton lost their fourth wicket after a truly outstanding effort in the deep from ‘Jack in the box’ Matty Storey.

Ashington’s fielding had been of a high standard but Storey took it to a new level after David Bailey had whipped the ball up high on the leg side. Storey at mid-on made huge strides before he somehow pouched it with a Herculean grasp forward.

He was immediately mobbed by his team-mates, and shortly afterwards got in on the act again after being introduced into the attack for Graham Whitworth.

From his second ball, MacLaymont lofted a drive and was caught by Scott Dunn at 48-5.

Not to be outdone, Anirudh Singh struck with his fourth delivery. Saleem Akhtar having moved onto 28 succumbed to a fine effort on the deep square leg boundary by Jessop.

Ashington’s quality of fielding was further endorsed as Singh moved forward from backward point to pouch another superlative catch to send back Andy Sutton at 57-7.

It seemed the Colliers could do no wrong and after moving Chris Watson to second slip, Jason Stevens was caught next ball by the spinner off Singh.

The final two wickets of Paul Bainbridge and Patrick Fordham fell in quick succession, the home side being routed for 63 in 19 overs.

Matty Storey finished with 3-6 from five overs; Singh 3-7 from four; Callum Storey 2-16 from six and Whitworth 2-31 from four.

The win took the resurgent Colliers back up the table to third from top spot in the Go North East Northumberland and Tyneside Senior League division A1.

Ryton 2 points

Ashington 20 points

On Saturday, July 26, Ashington are at home to Leadgate.

B1 Division league leaders Ashington seconds were 96-3 against Whickham seconds at Langwell Crescent when rain forced the game to be abandoned.

On Saturday, the Colliers second string are away to Lintz.