Seconds back with a big win

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ASHINGTON seconds, whose previous two fixtures had been rained off, returned to action on Saturday and collected a maximum points haul from their top of the table clash against third placed Newcastle City at Gosforth.

Siam Saleem (42), Bilal Ahmad (40) and opener Naquash Rasid (23) were the main contributors as the hosts were dismissed for 149, with Steve Williams taking 3-23 and Chris Watson 2-12.

In reply, Martin Sexton (34) and Adam Nichol (25) featured in an opening stand for the second placed Colliers.

Williams (20 not out), James Lovatt (12) and Mark Hetherington (8 not out) also figured as the visitors won with eight overs to spare.

With leaders Sacriston coasting to an emphatic win by 275 runs over Burnopfield, Ashington still trail by four points.

On Saturday, the Wansbeck side are at home to local rivals Morpeth.