Win puts Ashington second in league table

Ashington moved into second place in the A1 division of the league on Saturday after a convincing 130 runs victory over Burnopfield at Langwell Crescent.

Still smarting from defeat by the Durham outfit on the last day of May, the Colliers made no mistake with an assured all round performance with bat and ball.

Anirudh Singh, who smashed a century in the corresponding fixture, again featured with 46 before he was caught on the boundary by Self off Hughes.

The dismissal came shortly before the halfway mark with Ashington having 83 on the board, and Jack Jessop’s departure, lbw to Bent in the 31st, came at a time when the visitors were starting to claw their way back.

However, Ben O’Brien got his side back on track with a dashing and aggressive knock of 79 from only 58 deliveries.

The right hander smashed nine boundaries and one six and was out with the score on 200 in the 46th over as the home outfit attempted to give their tally a boost before the close.

Craig Wood chipped in with an unbeaten 16 and Graham Whitworth 11 as Ashington ended on 227-8.

Without regular strike bowler Callum Storey, Peter Finch was handed the new ball and struck with the first ball of his second over, bowling Lovell for nought.

After Snowball departed – run out by Chris Watson – Burnopfield progressed to 43 before Singh bowled opener Hughes for 18.

Wickets then fell at regular intervals with spinner Watson picking up 3-26 from 12 overs, including top scorer Bent for 34, and Whitworth 2-7 from four before Singh and Finch returned to capture the scalps of Nunn for 22 and Allan respectively.

The Colliers wrapped up victory, their fifth in a row, from the fourth ball of the 43rd over.

Ashington 20 points

Burnopfield four points

Match sponsor: Ian Bell, Kestrel Heating & Plumbing.

On Saturday, August 23, Ashington are away to Alnmouth & Lesbury.