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Both teams win again
Jul 12, 2017, 7:21 am


We welcomed GEMS to the recreation ground looking to avenge our loss from the opening game of the season. Paul Milburn had failed to recover from an ankle injury so Jay Little came in to replace him, Jay has scored well for the 2nds this season and thoroughly deserved his place in the side. Hoop master Cory Milburn is still 2 weeks away from full fitness so Owen Jarvis kept his place.

The skipper lost the toss (classic Harwood) and we were asked to bowl (also classic Harwood). The water had managed to creep under the covers during the week and there was a noticeable wet patch on a good length, so we were pretty pleased with the outcome to be honest.

Mukhtar opened up with Mansoor, and having learnt from previous encounters we deployed a deep cow corner for Mukhtar and set about our work. In a crazy 10-minute spell, GEMS soon found themselves 19-2 thanks to some poor running between the wickets. Both batsman hit drives to Lewy Tanney at mid-off and attempted to steal a quick single, given that Lewy is one of our better fielders he is the wrong person to try this against. Both were swiftly run out and both were sent walking back to the changing rooms and it hadn’t even been 4 overs.

This brought together Javed Mirza & Zhoaib Shahid, who are not only GEMS best batsman but also two of the best players in the league; we knew that if we could get through them then we had a good chance of limiting their score. They knew it as well and dug in for a period, not looking to score and attempting to consolidate their position. After a good 10 over contest between bat and ball, David Dent made the key breakthrough getting the wicket of Shahid caught and bowled for a patient 6 off 32 deliveries to leave GEMS 46-3.

Dean Greaves soon got in on the action taking the wicket of Qureshi in the next over, caught Harwood at short leg, points to vice vice captain Adam Peacock for the field placement. GEMS reached 54-4 at drinks.

Mirza along with Ahmed continued to dig in and put on a 50 partnership to drag the total up towards 100, whilst frustrated with a lack of wickets we were not overly worried as both batsman weren’t looking to score and the run rate was under control.

Lewy Tanney turned the tide of the game with two quick wickets, carrying an ankle injury he shortened his run up to bowl some gentle dibbles and seemed to benefit with greater control. He eventually proved too much as he took two wickets in one over, the highlight being a clever slower ball to bowl Mirza for 49 (83). He only discovered how to bowl a slower ball after watching Dent take a wicket with one the week before.

Scott Maddison would usually come on to bowl at this point but with the Tanwich in full swing wickets continued to fall and he had to wait, Matthew Tanney took the wickets of Javed and Ahmed in close succession to carry on his bowling form from previous weeks. With both of our opening bowlers out injured for the foreseeable future, Matty re-discovering the bowling side to his game has been a real asset for us

Lewy Tanney rounded off proceedings by stealing a wicket off a full jimmy to take his combined match tally to 5, caught in the boob by Jay Little out on the square leg boundary. GEMS finishing their innings 144 all out.

Dent & Peacock opened up and Dent got off to a flier hitting 3 early boundaries to reach 27-0 inside the first 4 overs, a lovely full toss outside off stump first ball helped settle and nerves. Denty’s nemesis Mukhtar got him soon after with a shorter ball that managed to find a way through falling back off the thigh pad to hit leg stump, Dent gone for 15 off 18 balls.

Peacock & Little rode their luck in a streaky 60 run partnership both being dropped twice in an entertaining 15 over spell. Runs did continue to flow however, with Little particularly strong down the ground and Peacock scoring well through the leg side. Peacock was the next man to go, falling 6 runs short of his 50 as he offered up a simple leading edge straight to mid-off. In a classic batsman’s huff, he proceeded to blame his dismissal on his partner for a lack of strike, nothing to do with poor shot selection obviously. Little fell not long after bowled off a good quicker delivery from Mirza for 24.

Lewy Tanney & Cal Milburn saw out the game in no time. With some impressive running form the pair, the game was quickly over and we reached the total in the 33rd over.

Man of the match definitely goes to Lewy Tanney for 28*, 3 wickets, 2 run-outs, best sun burn & best dressed male at the evening do.

Ashington RCC 30 points, GEMS CC 3. points



ARCC 2nds made the journey to Monkseaton 2nds looking to continue the form that sees them sitting second in the league after the first round of fixtures.

After a week of persistent rain, at the toss, the wicket looked rather green and damp but with overhead conditions meaning that the wicket would dry further during the game, skipper Rosser decided to ask Monkseaton to bat first ARCC 2nd bowlers continued where they had left off and soon had Monkseaton under pressure with early wickets and soon it was clear that the Monkseaton batsmen were looking to complete the 40 overs at the cost of scoring runs. With a mixture of dropped catches and the approach of defend at all costs, Monkseaton finished 51 - 9 at the end of their allocated 40 overs.

When ARCC 2nds came into bat, the total was passed for the loss of one wicket in 7 overs with Steven Parsons hitting 30.

This was a comprehensive victory but also a frustrating one. The team needs to learn that focus and concentration needs to be 100% at all times no matter how the game is progressing and chances must be taken. Dropping any points in fixtures like this could mean the difference.


Monkseaton CC 0 points Ashington Rugby CC 29 points


Next up is a home game against Tynemouth 3rds on July 15th. 

Cup Semi-Final game off 4th July
Jul 5, 2017, 8:25 pm

Our 1st team Semi Final against Warkworth CC had to be called off at the Rec.

Ground a tad damp after 2 days of solid rain.

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Good win for 1st team
Jul 4, 2017, 7:20 am

No need for a ‘toss justification’ segment this week, Harwood won and for the second week running chose to bowl first. The ground had recovered well from several days of downpour but with the wicket looking soft and cloud cover overhead, bowling first was the obvious choice. With Cory Milburn still 5/6 weeks away from full fitness, Owen Jarvis took Trevor Elliot’s place in the starting 11.

Jarvis is the first product of Matthew Tanney’s Midweek All-stars to progress through and play in the first team. Matty has done a fine job this season using midweek cricket to give everyone a chance to bat/bowl and through his efforts, the club has found a number of new players, we are now feeling that benefit and it is great to see.

Dean Greaves took the new ball alongside David Dent, a bald men’s opening fraternity. Greaves has been reliable as ever this season, rarely going for above 3 an over; however it would be fair to say he hasn’t quite been at his destructive best and doesn’t have as many wickets as he usually would at this stage. Well he put those fears to rest this week, causing all sorts of problems for Cramlingtons’ batsman as he ripped through the top order.

Bramley, Pulman, Marshall & Barnes were all dismissed without troubling the scorer to leave Cramlington 50-5 and in serious trouble. Greaves didn’t swing the ball as much as he normally would which actually made him even more dangerous as Batsman played for the swing. The highlight being an absolute peach to Jonathan Marshall pitching leg and hitting top of off.

Dent played second fiddle for the most part however he chipped in with the key wicket of Craddock who had hit a series of boundaries and raced to 18 off as many balls. A canny slower ball doing the job hitting middle and off.

The game drifted for a while as Tony Kay & Brian Walker steadied the ship for a while, we were definitely guilty of taking our foot off the gas in a stagnant period of 10 overs or so.

No fear as resident burglar Scotty Maddison donned his stripy black and white jumper to help clean up the tail, Matthew Tanney also chipping in with the key wicket of Kay – caught behind for a very good 37 in the circumstances.

Andrew Storey had an on and off day with the gloves as he mixed sublime takes with a few fumbles stood up to the seam bowlers. We very much enjoyed the moment when he missed a leg side stumping opportunity only to be chirped by the umpire himself at square leg for missing out!

Cramlington finished 137 all out, and as the sun started to dry out the surface we felt they were about 30-40 under par.

Adam Peacock was promoted to open the batting alongside Dent as he desperately searched for some form. The pair started tentatively, but for the first time this season Ashington got the opening partnership we so desperately craved and for once had a solid foundation from which to build from. The pair batted sensibly, respecting the new ball bowling of Livingstone & Ingram whilst still hitting boundaries at regular intervals to alleviate pressure and keep the scoreboard ticking. Dent was particularly strong down the ground in the opening exchanges hitting a number of boundaries over mid-off.

With both openers seen off and drinks in site a rush of blood saw Dent go for another drive over the top to a ball too short of a length, he was caught at mid-off by Walker off the bowling of Parker for a well-made 30. Paul Milburn joined Peacock in the middle and continued where Dent left off, however an injury curtailed his stay at the crease and he was forced to retire at drinks on 13 not out.

In the meantime, Peacock reached his first 50 of the season much to the delight of everyone at the club. No winter nets and a few early season dismissals had led to what only can be described as a case of the batting yips. Scores before today read 4,0,3,0,0,16 and Dean Greaves had just as many runs as him! Hopefully he can now come into some form and help our push for a Europa League spot at the end of the season.

As drinks came, we had reached 103-1 needing only 35 left to win with 9 wickets remaining. The task ahead was for Callum Milburn & Peacock to see the game off and not get too carried away. 2 quick wickets would have but pressure on a fragile lower order so balancing aggression with defence was key.

Specifically - Callum focused on battling his inner demons to try and not hit every ball for 6 and Peacock tried to not try and howk everything through Cow corner now that he’d finally hit a few boundaries. The pair succeeded and we reached the required total in the 31st over mark.

A much needed win for the team and we can now draw a line under what has been an extremely disappointing first half of the year. We now look forward to doing ourselves justice for the rest of the season. Thanks to Cramlington for a game played in good spirits and it was nice to see them stay and enjoy the sunshine for a few drinks afterwards.

Next week see’s us host GEMS who are completely unpredictable and utterly destructive when they want to be. Should be a good game.

Ashington Rugby CC 30 points Cramlington CC 2 points


2nd Team game was as called off at Cramlington CC, water logged pitch ??

It was a game we need to be played if we were looking to push for top spot in the league especially with all the other games getting played. 

Cramlington CC 5 points Ashington Rugby CC 5 points 

Barlow Cup Final at the Rec
Jun 29, 2017, 6:47 pm

We have been asked to host the Tom Barlow League Cup Final on Tuesday 11th July 6pm start. The game is Bomarsund CC v Civil Service CC.

Come over and have a beer and watch the match.

We host the League side at the Rec
Jun 27, 2017, 11:04 pm

We are hosting the Northumberland Cricket League against the North Yorkshire South Durham League (NYSD) a very strong league.

The game is to be played Sunday 2nd July 2017 with a 1pm start.

Our chairman is looking for volunteers to come over on Sunday morning and help with jobs around the club to get our facilities ready for the game.

The bar will be open for those who may want to come over and watch the match and have a few beers.  

Website hits over 70,000
Jun 27, 2017, 10:57 pm

The 1st team batters could do with some of these hits.

Backworth too strong for our 1st team
Jun 27, 2017, 10:56 pm

Ashington RCC vs Backworth CC, 24/06/2017

To add to our injury woes Cory Milburn managed to break his foot playing football on Tuesday and is now out for 6-8 weeks, with James Richards out for the season with a torn ACL we are now without our main fast bowlers and seriously short of bowling options.

With that in mind Chris Harwood’s decision to bowl first on Saturday was not a completely ill-considered one, much rather put the pressure on the batsman to win the game than try and defend a total with only 3 recognised bowlers. If we were going to get anything out of the surface, it would also seem reasonable to bowl first. Most people reading this already know the result of the game, and whilst it might sound odd to say, Harwood’s decision was by no means a shocker.

Dean Greaves & David Dent opened the bowling and made a reasonable start; Greaves was as accurate as ever and tied down Ben Sutton for a period in the early exchanges making it difficult to score. Meanwhile Alan Robson showed his class at the other end, mixing a solid defence with impressive ball striking. Frustratingly for us Robson still managed to score a boundary an over and whilst we never felt out of the game, Backworth reached 80-0 off the first 20 overs without much trouble

As drinks came and went both batsman had their eye in and began their onslaught, with the field spread runs came easily and with limited bowling options it was very difficult to stop the flow of runs. To add to our woes Lewy Tanney twisted his ankle only 2 balls into his spell, leaving us with no remaining bowlers.

If someone had said at the start of the seasons that Adam Peacock, Callum Milburn and Matthew Tanney would bowl 15 overs between them in the same game they would have been laughed out the clubhouse. In fairness to Tanney, you could argue he was the pick of the bowlers and probably should have gone home with a couple of wickets to his name.

For once, our fielding let us down, Robson was dropped twice and Sutton once on the way to their centuries. Cal Milburn & Dent will be especially disappointed with their drops to relatively simple chances.

Forgetting the odd chance Sutton & Robson batted magnificently and I believe have set a new record for the highest opening stand in the Northumberland league, this record may now stand forever once the league merges with North Tyneside next year. Robson used his feet well manipulating the field with ease and very rarely patted back a dot ball. In a different but equally effective approach, Sutton mixed defensive strokes with impressive power hitting down the ground and through the leg side. Shot of the day goes to Robson though, clearing the stream and. lading one 6 feet from the 9th green!

A few of the lads heads went down towards the end which can be expected when you’re on the wrong side of a batting performance like that, with nothing put part timers to offer up to the slaughter. For the most part though everyone kept at their task and gave their all, Beefy even managing tongue in cheek to give a shout of ‘1 brings 2’, when Backworth were 322-0 in the 47th!

It would have taken something truly spectacular to win the game, and deep down we knew at half time we were probably already beat. We crumbled to 117 all out, some may look on and make judgement but it is hard to apply yourselves in those types of situations. We had reached 80-3 and once the top order fell we lost a succession of quick wickets with Minto (2) & Morgan (3) doing the damage. Good to see Morgan back fit and healthy after 10 weeks lay off with injury.

Beers in the Backworth hall was our only consolation, Cory Millburn who was scoring for the day made such an impression on the wedding party that ‘Aunty Kath’ offered him a dance and a smooch. He declined much to our disappointment.

Whilst we are only just approaching the half way stage, we desperately need to pick up a few wins in the next few weeks to prevent us being dragged into a relegation battle.

Ashington RCC 1 points, Backworth CC 30 points.


ARCC 2nds looked to continue there impressive winning form by welcoming 5th place Wooler to the Rec for what promised to be a tight affair. With conditions looking good, Wooler won the toss and after a long deliberation final asked ARCC 2nds to bat first.


Skipper Rosser shuffled the batting order a little and sent S Parsons to open along side D Hardy to try and get some impetus into the scoring rate in the first 10 overs. Unfortunately this back fired massively with Parsons getting a 1st ball duck. D Hardy then was out caught and bowled in the 7th over on a wicket where the Wooler opening bowler started to find assistance from the wicket. With the fall of the second wicket, this brought Kevin Hetherington to the crease and he continue his fine form in building an 80 run partnership with skipper Rosser who eventually feel for 41 in the 27th over. With the wicket starting to assist further and the tight bowling lines by the Wooler bowlers, ARCC 2nds finished on 179-7 with K Hetherington top scoring yet again with 69 not out.


ARCC 2nds knew that 179 was a good total to defend due to the increasing assistance that the wicket was providing the bowlers and D Wanlass Snr and C Jobson did exactly that by restricting Wooler to 45-4 off 19 overs with C Jobson taking 3 wickets for 22 runs. Then, in the 20th over of the match, J Acaster bowled a 3 wicket maiden over which included a hat trick to restrict them further to 45-7 off 20 overs. With the game meandering to a easy victory, Tom More and Lyndon Dodds where introduced into the attack so that they could get some invaluable bowling time especially with important fixtures on the horizon and bowlers away on holidays. Eventually Wooler where bowled out for 106.


Again this was an impressive result against a team in the top half of the league which also allowed some valuable practise time for some. ARCC 2nds finish up the first round of fixtures with a trip to Cramlington on July 1st hoping to maintain the strong performances that has cemented there current position in the top 2 in the league and with Blue Flames and Whitely Bay clashing on the same day, with another impressive win ARCC 2nds could be top of the league at the half way point in the season.


ARCC 2nds 179-7 (K Hetherington 69, S Rosser 41)   Wooler 1st 106 all out (C Jobson 3-22, J Acaster 3-11)

Both teams win
Jun 27, 2017, 10:48 pm

Saturday 17/6/2017 on a warm sunny day our 1st team hosted Wickham CC for their first ever game at the “Rec”. On a day when the toss was so important, yes we lost again and Wickham decided to bat first. Dean Greaves and Cory Milburn opened up, they bowled good lines and length early on an put pressure on the Wickham batters  which eventually paid off with two early wickets both claimed by Greaves. It wasn’t till the South African Joshua Warner steadied the ship and then started to hit out did the score start to move along he was eventually out on 43 off 65 balls. M. Davison was the only other who got into the 20s before he fell on 26, eventually Wickham CC was all out for 130 from 47.2 overs.

Great effort from our bowlers who bowled well and took wickets when it counted Dean Greaves 2 for 22, Cory Milburn 2 for 32, David Dent 3 for 33, Scott Maddison 2 for 32 and Lewis Tanney 1 for 21.

We started our chase looking for a tight start against two sharp opening bowlers in Matthew Rodger and South African Gerhardt Badenhorst, we lost 2 wickets with the score on 27, and our 3rd wicket fell on 54 our next wicket went down on 56. Paul Milburn (23) and Lewis Tanney (27) then built a small partnership taking the score to 90 before Paul was out. Cory Milburn came in and hit some lusts blows in a quick fire 20 pushing our total up to 122 for 8 leaving the Rugger boys sweating with Scott Maddison and Dean Greaves seeing us home with a straight drive four from Greaves winning us the match with 14.2 overs to spare.

Ashington Rugby CC 27 points and Wickham CC 6 points

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ARCC 2nds travelled to Howick on a glorious day looking to continue the winning form of the previous week. Skipper Stuart Rosser had a change in fortune at the toss and with no hesitation elected to bat with conditions very favourable for the batsmen.


Skipper Rosser chose to continue with the stable top 6 that has seen ARCC 2nds post winning scores over the past weeks meaning  Rosser opening along side Dean Hardy. The pair got the innings off to a steady start, laying the platform for the other batsmen although scoring wasn’t easy due to the accurate bowling of the Alnmouth opening bowlers. With both openers departed with the score on 67 after 19 overs, Jay Little and Kevin Hetherington increased the scoring rate with a partnership of 96. With some good running and lusty blows in the last 10 overs, ARCC 2nds posted 206- 8 off 40 overs with Kevin Hetherington and Jay Little top scorers with 66 and 52 respectively.


ARCC 2nds knew that 206 was going to be difficult to defend with conditions hot and the wicket batsmen friendly. David Wanless Snr continued where he left off the previous week. With wickets falling at regular intervals and runs hard to come by, Alnmouth were eventually bowled out for 89 in the 30th over. This was a pleasing performance that showed that ARCC 2nds can set targets batting first and continuing to put the opposition under pressure when bowling.


Alnmouth and Lesbury/Howick  89 all out (5 pts)      ARCC 2nds 206-8 (30pts)(K Hetherington 69, J Little 52)


ARCC 2nds look to continue the season weather permitting with a home fixture against Wooler on June 17th and will be looking to maintain the pressure on the league leaders.

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