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Both captains hit a hundred in two wins
Jul 11, 2018, 12:53 pm


Saturday 7th July a key week for both teams the 1st team away to Whitley Bay and the 2nd team at home to Wooler 1st team. Another little complication was the England Quarter Final game against Sweden both teams started an hour earlier so they could watch the match at tea time.

1st team had to try to get back to winning ways after two back to back defeats against Berwick. We won the toss and elected to bat first we got off to a decent start with Matty Tanney and Callum Milburn, Callum was out for 26 and Captain Adam Peacock came to the crease looking to find some form, both batters played what was in front of them and built a good partnership. Matty was out for 62 and Adam hit a hundred and was eventually out for 116 a much need knock which we hope he can build on. Chris Harwood came in and scored 43 not out. This gave us our highest score of the season with 302 for 8 wickets.

Whitley Bay never really got going only N. Dolan 12, M. Harris 22 and G. Turnbull 38 scored double figures they were all out for 101, losing by 201 runs. Our Bowlers who did the damage were our opening attack of Dean Greaves with 4 wickets for 18 runs and Cory Milburn with 4 wickets for 50 runs.

Whitley Bay CC 5 points Ashington Rugby CC 30 points

Our 2nd team were put into bat by Wooler 1st team on another wicket like a road, quite a surprise to the Ash captain. Following up from 116 in the last game our captain Stu Rosser along with Dean Hardy opened up the batting they played quite defensive early on to the Wooler bowlers who bowled a good line and length and gave nothing away. Stu and Dean stayed together for 33 overs before Dean was out bowled by Aitcheson he finished on 66, the captain built on last week where he posted another ton he was eventually out with 1 ball left in the innings finishing on 133 fantastic effort by both openers. When our innings ended we scored 238 for 3 off 40 overs.

Wooler lost a few wickets early on with Tom More taking 3 for 25 cheered on by the Rugby masses enjoying a drink after the England win. Wooler eventually finished their innings with a score of 139 for 6.

Ashington Rugby CC 28 points Wooler CC 3 points

Club extends All Stars for 2 weeks
Jul 10, 2018, 12:33 pm

We have extended the All Stars Cricket for an additional 2 weeks, due to popular demand from our children and parents. The additional 2 weeks will take us up to the week before the children break up for their summer holidays.

The additonal 2 sessions are Tuesday 10th and 17th of July 6pm to 7pm.

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All Stars week 3
May 28, 2018, 10:16 pm

The games planned for week three are as follows;

  • Space indvaders (Warm Up)
  • Around the milky way (Fielding)
  • Avoid the alien (Batting)
  • Star Gates (Bowling)

New all stars are welcome to come along and try out, starts 6pm on Tuesday night 29/5/2018.

All Stars
May 24, 2018, 11:55 pm

We had 13 All Stars at our second session on Tuesday 22/5/2018.

It was great to see all the children enjoying themselves and getting the parents involved was fun.

Ryan Pringle did a great job leading on the session.

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All Stars
May 8, 2018, 8:22 pm

Club has another sign up takes us to the magic 10, we are hoping for some more following more networking with our Rugby Club mini section. 

We go live on Tuesday 15th May 6pm till 7pm.

1st Win again v Benwell & Wallbottle
May 8, 2018, 8:19 pm

Benwell & Walbottle were relegated from Division 2 last year and we knew we would have to be right on our game against a side accustomed to playing at a higher standard. With David Dent unavailable through work, Michael Adamson came up from the second team. We were otherwise unchanged from last week’s victory at Whickham.

Skipper Peacock lost his first toss of the year and Benwell unsurprisingly chose to bat first on a flat deck and a gorgeous day for batting. The changing room was livid at the prospect of bowling first in the mid-day heat, Mark Lawrence immediately began applying a vast number of sun tan lotions to protect his pale skin. Apparently applying factor 50 twice and then a top layer of 20 gets you factor 120 protection.

With Dent unavailable, James Richards took the new ball alongside stalwart Greaves. It was Richards who got the first breakthrough trapping Tomlinson lbw to a beauty which nipped back and trapped him in front of all three. Richards was now hitting his stride and had clearly found his line to the left hander, number 3 Denehy was fortunate to survive a number of close appeals before succumbing in identical fashion.

Lead by Reed, Benwell went on the counterattack in an attempt to alleviate the pressure, reed hit a number of fine cover drives off Greaves and the away side recovered somewhat to 20-2. Other than some movement through the air with the new ball the pitch was offering very little to the bowlers but we managed to contain the run rate through some good work from our opening bowlers.

Not to be left out Greaves soon got in on the action, taking the big wicket of Reed trapped LBW for 11. Lawrence came on for Richards who finished an impressive spell returning 10-13-2, such a big boost to have him back firing on all cylinders again.

Lawrence came into the attack looking to build on his 2-123 from last week…his troubles seemed long forgotten as he quickly settled into a rhythm. An aggressive line and consistent accuracy soon yielded results as Birrell fell LBW for 8. Lawrence was incensed a few balls earlier when he was convinced he had his man LBW, the umpire quite rightly turned down the appeal. Birrell was about 10 feet down the wicket on a sweep to a ball that hit him on the top of the knee roll, not out Mark.

Opener Bartram had dug in well amongst the fall of wickets at the other end, before a lapse in concentration lead him to go for a sweep shot to the shorter boundary and he was bowled for a structured 32. Bartram was visibly frustrated with himself as he made his way back. Benwell were 60-5 at this stage and well behind the curve on a flat deck.

With the more recognised batters back in the hut Lawrence & Cory Milburn continued to push home the advantage. Cory was bowling with good pace and getting a good response from the hard wicket. Harrington fell caught behind to a ball that grew on him and just caught the outside edge. A sharp catch from non-keeper, non-batsman Peacock.

Into the 40th over and Scott Maddison picked his bottom lip up off the floor to come and join the party. Cory had bowled well but wickets had dried up and the skipper brought on Maddison in an attempt to close out the innings. The two combined as Maddison pushed one past the right hander and Cory made an absolute meal of the easiest catch you will ever see at first slip. Cory a few overs before had dropped a chance to Lawrence which subsequently cost him a 5 wicket hall, Cory used to be our best fielder, used to.

Benwell closed on 89 all out which was a way behind par, credit to all of our bowlers who were superb when conditions were against them. Our batters now had a real opportunity to go out and win the game and take us to 3 from 3.

A special shout to Lewy Tanney who was outstanding in the field at mid-off, throwing himself around and probably saving 15-20 runs just on his own back. No doubt the pressure he managed to build helped our bowlers take those wickets. I don’t know whether it was the thrill of his new house or the new £2.50 sunglasses he was wearing, but more of the same next week please!

Peacock’s much better half got a hero’s welcome when she turned up with team ice lollies at half time. Good job James Richards was batting 10 as he had eaten 13 calippo’s and it wasn’t even 4:30pm.

Callum Milburn needed to leave early to make a night shift so was sent up the order for some licensed biffing alongside regular opener Harwood. The pair wasted little time, Harwood set the tone with a slashed drive for 4 off the first delivery.

The pair raced to 30-0 off 4 overs and the game was pretty much over as a contest. Callum (44 off 36) was in his winter net batting mode where everything he faced was getting carved up and over to the boundary. Luckily for everyone our captain is sensible enough not to let anyone see his winter net bowling mode, which consists exclusively of either half trackers / life threatening beamers. It was great to see Harwood back in nick also as he hit an equally fluent 37 off 47 balls, with some fine shots of his own. We chased the required 90 run target 0 down off 14 overs.

A great win but counts for very little at this stage. Another huge game next week as we travel to Blagdon who have also had a good start to their season.

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May 6, 2018, 5:43 pm

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1st Team win at Whickham
Apr 29, 2018, 10:28 pm

We travelled to Whickham looking to make amends for our miserable performance their last year. We won the toss and chose to bowl first, looking to get any benefit from bowling first on a reasonable looking deck. Same team as the week before.

Greaves & Dent opened up and were right on the money from ball 1, it was a cagey start as the opening batters dug in against the new ball. Both bowlers were giving very little away hitting a good area repeatedly and scoring was difficult early on. Armstrong looked particularly assured hitting some nice shots off the back foot when the bowlers strayed from their length, but had to remain patient as opportunities were limited.

Greaves was denied a seemingly obvious LBW appeal early on, Ainley turning round and chuckling to the slip cordon saying he would have been happy to walk. Whickham reached 18 off 14 overs before Greaves made the breakthrough trapping Armstrong LBW for 14. At 38-1 off 22 overs the rain came, a short break meant both teams lost 2 overs a piece.

Interestingly it was still raining when both teams were brought back out to play, the new rules apparently state it is the umpire’s discretion and play can resume whilst raining, this differs from our past experiences. Our bowlers struggled with a wet ball and the break somewhat halted our momentum, Whickham took full advantage and got themselves right back into it with a strong 30 minutes. After a shaky start Ainley was now batting really nicely, with some lovely shots through the leg side punishing new signing Lawrence who was missing his areas (a lot) early doors.

Cory Milburn came into the attack for his first bowl of the year and rewarded the decision with a few quick wickets both caught off a leading edge in the ring. He also got papped for a 34 meter 6 off Richardson to the short boundary much to the crowd’s delight, there was a little tension in the air at this point as Richardson had the over before nicked off the umpire not hearing the nick. ‘Hit the ground’ apparently..

Shortly after, James Richards, bricking himself managed to just hold on to a simple catch to help remove skipper Hargreaves for 7, displaying the perfect crocodile downwards palm technique, Matthew Tanney shedding a tear of admiration from mid-wicket. The game then stopped again as we went off for another short break, game reduced to 46 overs.

De-Ja vu as the home side came out firing after the break, Mark Lawrence continued to bowl pies and continued to get dispatched all over. The score began to move quickly and with Rodger now at the crease they moved swiftly past the 100 mark.

Making amends Lawrence managed to claw back some momentum by removing Ainley for a fine 68, Ainley also being a fine wicket keeper looks to be a very good player. By this point we were into the last 10 overs and found it difficult to contain scoring on a small ground. The tailed wagged for the home side and alongside some good striking from Rodger Whickham reached 184-7 off their allocation.

It was great to see James Richards back bowling for his first full game in 12 months, he returned tidy figures of 2-32 off 7, with all his overs coming near the death. He was probably our best bowler on the day.

J Richards 2-32

C Milburn 2-41

We had the worst possible start to our chase, Rodger removing Harwood to what looked a high LBW. Peacock was removed shortly after to a ball that nipped back and caught the inside edge, Ainley taking a fine one handed catch low down to his right. We were reeling at 3-2.

Rodger is a fine bowler and we’ve struggled with him both times we played Whickham in the league and he was once again giving us issues. Dent & Callum Mliburn dug in and rebuilt for a period halting the collapse. For someone who is a natural ball striker it was good to see Callum really dig in for the team. Callum later spent all evening telling every man and his dog about the ‘nonchalant’ cover drive he apparently hit for 4.

Callum was bowled for 13 off Rodger, the score now 29-3. Lewis Tanney picked up where Callum left off and alongside the ever dependable Dent the pair put on a crucial 75 run partnership to get us right back into it. Life became slightly easier once Rodger had finished his spell and the pair began to up the scoring. L Tan hit a fluid 28 before being caught behind by….Rodger, yes this guy again! Good work by skipper Hargreaves bringing his strike bowler back to halt the momentum.

We needed 50 off 9 overs with 5 wickets in hand and it was now anyone’s game. Lawrence & Cory both contributed but each time we looked like getting ahead Whickham would claw back momentum by taking a wicket. 16 needed off the last 18 balls with 2 wickets in hand. Denty with only the tail end for company.

Rodger in his last over bowled Richards for a duck, Scott Big-Nuts Maddison saw the over out admirably. We only managed 1 off the over so 15 was needed off the final 12 balls and the game was now in the home sides favour.

Yet again the game was turned on its head as we managed to score 9 off the penultimate over. Dent nicked the most beautiful ball through slip and down the hill for 4. 6 needed off the last over and the atmosphere was tense to say the least.

At this points our hearts were all racing and the crowd came out from the bar to witness the finale to a pulsating game of cricket. Scott Maddison showing nerves of steel hit a couple of 2’s off the bat and we crawled over the line with only a ball to spare. A brilliant end to a yo-yo game of cricket, a superb advert for the league.

I haven’t mentioned him much in the commentary but David Dent was utterly superb as he finished 86 not out, he marshalled our innings and stood up to be counted when it mattered most. A mature control of the scoring rate combined with some lovely stroke making it one of the finer knocks this writer has ever witnessed.

In previous years we would have folded at 3-2 and would gone down with a whimper and been 40-50 all out. Credit to our batsman who each dug in and ground it out.

Ashington Rugby CC – 27 points

Whickham CC – 8 points

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