Tynedale 155-7; Ashington 124 all out
(Tynedale won by 31 runs)
Defending champions Ashington slipped to their first defeat in the league for 20 months on Saturday when they went down by a 31 runs margin against old rivals Tynedale at Langwell Crescent.
The hosts made a good start as Matty Collins removed Jamie Crichton for nought with the first ball of the fourth over then in the ninth Sam Mannion edged a delivery from Callum Storey and was caught at first slip by Ben O’Brien.
Ashington were held up and left frustrated by a third wicket partnership between Tynedale skipper Thomas Cant and James Rainford, the pair adding 93 but the Colliers came back into the contest via a remarkable sequence of events which started in the 35th over with Rainford (40) lofting a delivery from Ben Harmison which was pouched by O’Brien.
The batsmen crossed and next ball, the last of the over, Harmison bowled Cant (46) off stump. With the first ball of the following over, Evan Stephenson scooped a catch straight to Ben Harmison at short mid on off the bowling of James Harmison.
When James Harmison had Dale Leadbitter caught by O’Brien, the visitors had lost four wickets with their score on 109 and shortly after, in the 42nd over, a slower delivery from Harmison accounted for Josh Renton. But David Newton (25 not out) and Paul Newton (15 not out), added 42 in the closing overs taking Tynedale up to 155-7.
Ashington made a poor start losing the in-form Jack Jessop lbw to Matthew Percival in the third over and in the next, O’Brien was bowled off stump by Josh Renton. Percival also accounted for Sean McCafferty at 32-3 and then skipper Harmison was bowled by David Newton with the total on 58. Neil Wood (28) had looked solid but with the score advanced onto 76, he skied Cant and was caught by Rainford. However, Daniel Grant was increasingly looking like Ashington’s much needed match winner in partnership with James Harmison. But after the pair had added 34, Grant - at the non strikers end - advanced down the track looking for a single and when sent back, could not make up his ground and was run out for 31. It was a crucial dismissal and after Harmison followed for nine, David Newton bowled Ian Sharkey.
Tynedale’s young and impressive paceman Percival then took his tally to five (5-25), as he cleaned up the tail by removing Callum Storey and Matty Collins in four balls as the homes side slithered to an all out score of 124 in the 37th over. *Before Saturday, Ashington’s last defeat also came on home soil with a reverse against Swalwell on August 1st 2015. *On Saturday, Ashington are away to Lanchester.