Seconds edge out Main by 11 runs

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ASHINGTON seconds were pushed all the way by Percy Main seconds on Saturday at Langwell Crescent before securing victory by 11 runs.

It resulted in a 19 points haul which keeps them at the top of the B1 division table.

Batting first, Ashington were indebted to four main contributors.

Martin Sexton opened with 20 but after his dismissal, a stand developed between Dale Ross and Adam Nichol.

The former was eventually dismissed for 63 from 113 balls – an innings which included seven fours – whilst youngster Nichol made 61, including six boundaries, from 98 deliveries.

Michael Levison chipped in with a breezy 35 from only 30 balls as the home side closed on 209-7 from their 45 overs allocation.

For the Villagers, Adam Watts took 4-41 from ten overs.

Michael Boyd struck 55 from 68 deliveries to lead the Main reply, which also saw good knocks of 45 from Paul Merryweather and 40 from Will Taylor.

Nichol accounted for the latter whilst skipper Martin Thewlis removed both Merryweather and Boyd in a devastating spell in which he claimed 4-16 from only 4.4 overs, the wickets proving pivotal in Ashington’s success.