Seasiders hold nerve to continue good start

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Ashington (164-8) v Alnmouth & Lesbury (167-6)

Northumberland and Tyneside Cricket League, Division A2

Alnmouth & Lesbury’s fine start to the season continued on Saturday when a good team performance secured victory against Ashington.

Batting first, Ashington found it tough early on and were tied down by tight bowling.

Nick Denton bowled his 15 overs straight through, taking 2-15, including eight maidens.

Fifteen-year-old Edward Brunton, making his league debut, bowled six tidy overs for just 21 runs.

Ashington’s Doug Potts tried to force the pace and launched one mighty six but then fell to an excellent caught and bowled by Paul Straker.

Ashington were in trouble at 88-4.

Greg Williams led a recovery before he fell to Tudor off the bowling of Straker for 44.

His fight back ensured Ashington closed on 164-8.

Ian Clough was Alnmouth’s top wicket-taker with 3-56.

Alnmouth’s reply got off to a poor start with the early losses of Straker, Ian Pearson and Richard Neil and when 19-3 became 34-4 after Clough was dismissed, Ashington sensed the game was theirs.

However, captain Tom Vickers was still at the crease and was joined by 17-year-old Jonny Ridley and together they repaired the damage and put together a partnership of 102 for the fifth wicket.

They both made batting look much easier and were exceptional in their running between the wickets.

When Ridley was eventually out for 41 off 68 balls, 29 were still needed with some seven overs to go.

The home supporters became a little more nervous when Jonny Denton was dismissed for one leaving Alnmouth 141-6.

Callum Batey then joined Vickers and they both calmed the nerves to steer the seasiders to victory.

Batey finished 16 not out after hitting the third ball of the last over for the winning runs and Vickers finished with a match-winning 78 not out to continue his excellent early season form.

This was the second victory in the week for Alnmouth over Ashington, having recorded a five-run win in the group stages of the League Cup.

Alnmouth’s next league fixture is June 8 at Cowgate.