Win secures fourth place finish for Ashington

SKIPPER Greg Williams struck his third half century of a rain interrupted season to lead his side home to a six wickets victory over Benwell & Walbottle at the Campus ground on Saturday.

In pursuit of the home sides 138-7, the Colliers were on a vulnerable looking 53-4 when Williams and Michael Thewlis came together.

But the pair were still there at the close after a partnership of 86, with the Wansbeck side not only winning the game but also completing a season’s double over the Newcastle-based outfit with more than ten overs to spare.

Williams, who hit a run a ball unbeaten 52, completed his 50 in 66 minutes shortly before the close, smashing seven boundaries, whilst Thewlis found the ropes on four occasions as he effectively ended undefeated with 33 to his name.

Earlier in the Ashington reply, left hander Neil Wood had struck 23.

The afternoon session had been a personal triumph for youngster Callum Storey, who ended with excellent figures of 5-21 from 14 overs including the scalps of the top four batsmen, Carr, Robbie, Raza and Anderson.

After opener David Anderson had hit 34, the Benwell innings was held together by Steve Reed who fired a top scoring 71.

The result saw the Colliers finish the campaign in fourth place in the Wellstream Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League’s A2 division.

Benwell & Walbottle 4 points Ashington 18 points