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Both teams win
May 4, 2017, 9:21 pm

Ashington RCCC vs Berwick CC, 29/04/2017

Ashington welcomed Berwick to the recreation ground. The home side looking for a win to kick-start their season following a disappointing opening day defeat away at GEMS. A late drop out meant that Tom More replaced Andrew Story to make his first team debut, not a bad return in only his second game for the club.

Chris Harwood won the toss and chose to bat first on a very green looking wicket still holding some moisture from a week of indifferent weather in the North East. The decision was much to the dismay of Vice-captain David Dent who was adamant he’d made a big mistake and should have opted to bowl first.

Steven Emery & James Thompson opened up and Ashington were on the back foot straight from the off, Dent falling early, lbw to Emery for 4. The conditions were well suited for swing bowling and the away side took full advantage, hitting consistent areas and making life difficult for the batsman. Paul Milburn didn’t last long as he was bowled by Thompson for 8, quickly followed by Adam Peacock bowled by Emery for a duck. The home side were left reeling at 33-3.

This brought Callum Millburn to the crease, Callum, returning from a self-imposed cricket hiatus had shown some promising signs in the previous weeks and hopes were high that he could build a solid partnership alongside Harwood. The pair batted well for a period, managing to nullify the threat of the Berwick bowlers, guiding the home side through to 62-3. This was until the away side introduced Manu Shukla.

Shukla removed Harwood for a gritty 24 in his first over, and then contributed a double Tanney scalp in his second. Lewy fell for a golden duck, pressing forward with hard hands to a ball that popped off the surface, offering and up a simple catch to Thompson at mid-off. The bin on entrance to the clubhouse getting its first kicking of the season!

Two balls later an innocuous forward defence to mid-off lead to Matty calling for a (suicidal) single, this was politely declined by Callum and he was quickly on his way back to the pavilion to join his brother. Cory Milburn fell soon after lbw to Shukla for 1, and the home side were once again in trouble at 76-7.

This brought Tom More to the crease on debut. Lead by Callum the pair put on a vital partnership of 56 to drag the home side up towards a defendable total. Callum batted with a mature head on his shoulders, managing to take the majority of the strike whilst hitting boundaries at key points. Highlights included a series of sumptuous cover drives and a big six over mid-off. Tom also doing a good job for team, understanding the importance of occupying the crease, he fell to Emery for 10.

Emery finally removed Callum for a well fought 54 and then swiftly mopped up the tail to the leave Ashington 142 all out. Emery rounding off a marvellous performance with figures of 11-28-5, reaffirming his status as one of the leagues finest swing bowlers. The first half quite rightly belonged to the away side and the general consensus was that the score was 30-40 below par.

The second half began brightly for the home side as Dean Greaves removed Scott Middlemist to a generous lbw call for 0. The home side were not complaining though, they knew the value of Middlemist’s wicket especially off the back of an opening day hundred against Stobswood.

Cory Milburn then bowled a phenomenal spell of quick bowling to rip out the top order. A combination of added pace and a conducive wicket left him at times completely unplayable as the ball seemed and swung away from the right handers. Bird, Thompson & Woodcock fell in quick succession to leave the home side 46-4 and the game right in the balance.

Continued pressure followed as Greaves got in on the action taking 2 more quick wickets including a sharp stumping from Adam ‘Iron Palms’ Peacock to remove Shukla for 7. Berwick in trouble at 48-6.

Martin Hush & James Thompson steadied the ship for Berwick, the pair batting well showing patience and maturity to drag the away side up to 82-6. Sensing a shift in momentum Harwood changed up the bowling bringing the spin of Scott Maddison into the attack. Maddison proceeded to burgle a succession of quick wickets to finish with very generous figures of 3-9. A reversal from the previous week when his work was left largely unrewarded.

Hush can count himself especially unfortunate. Chipping an innocuous ball from Maddison over point in most circumstances he would have been safe. However stood at point was the only man capable of taking a catch in the upper atmosphere. The newly slimmed version of Mr T More leaping off the ground to take a remarkable one handed catch to wild celebrations from the home side.

Even Lewy Tanney managed to get in on the act with his slow medium pacers, removing Michael Hush lbw for 0. The home side winning by 46 runs.

Ashington RCCC 27 points, Berwick 5 points.


Elsewhere the 2nd XI enjoyed a comfortable win away at Tynemouth. Batting first Ashington posted 200 thanks to 73* from the ever green Kevin Hetherington, 45 from Wanless Jnr and a second 40 in as many weeks from Dean Hardy. Hardy even boldly claiming in the clubhouse afterwards that he even hit a cover drive boundary, no-one believed him, ‘leading edge’ was the general consensus.

A young Tynemouth side were bowled out for 78 in reply. The wickets were shared around with Jobson, Pringle & Wanless Snr all picking up 3 each. Jobson finishing with impressive figures of 8-5-3 including 5 maidens.

The result leaves the 2nd XI top of the table after two games and with the club enjoying some added depth in numbers this year new captain Stuart Rosser will be hoping they can keep up this form and challenge for promotion.

Ashington RCC 2nd XI 30 points, Tynemouth 3rd XI 2 points.


Cricket Force Work
Apr 2, 2017, 11:15 am

We had 14 playing members came along to support our club, the jobs we completed are;

  • Kitchen walls and ceiling painted
  • Kitchen benches and window cleaned
  • Tea room carpet hoovered, work surfaces cleaned and windows cleaned inside and out
  • Scorebox cleaned throughout inculding washing down the external surfaces and numbers
  • Weeds removed from pavement and road directly outside the sitting area
  • Sight screens painted and panel fitted and pushed out onto the outfield
  • Mobile covers tops fitted and gutters cleaned
  • Practice cage netting refitted to cage
  • Cricket square protective chicken mesh removed from around the square and put away

Getting ready
Mar 26, 2017, 10:07 pm

Sunday 26th March saw us complete another period of cross over rolling we are now at 12 passes.

We spread our spring rise fertiliser today looking at some better weather in the week to come.

We cut the outfield again all of the top and the sides and the very bottom section near the clubhouse, unable to get our cutter anywhere near the section from the square down for approximately 90 feet. We need wind and sunshine and no rain to give it a chance to dry out.

Ground covered in water
Mar 24, 2017, 7:47 pm

Thursday 23rd March saw a big rain storm which covered a third of the bottom part of our outfield which is nearest to the club house and part of our square.

Need to hope for some sun and wind to help to dry the outfield out.

1st Team Friendly
Mar 17, 2017, 9:10 pm

We have organised a friendly with Seaton Burn CC, the game is to be played at our ground "The Rec" on Saturday 15th April, start time to be agreed.

We are looking for the game to be either a 35 or 40 over match.

Tea for two will be provided by the Rugger boys.

We are currently trying to organise an umpire (irons in the fire as they say)                           


Club Update
Mar 17, 2017, 8:40 pm


On Thursday 16th March

  • Our sight screen frames glossed and new UPVC panels on order.

  • Cricket square cut down with rotary cutter.

  • 4 passes of cross over rolling carried out on square.

Cricket Force
Mar 13, 2017, 7:36 pm


We are looking to get our club ready for the new season with our cricket force event on Saturday 1st April with a 9am start, jobs to do are:

  • Assemble the mobile covers

  • Paint the sight screens and fit the panels

  • Repair practice cage

  • Paint kitchen walls and ceiling

  • Wash kitchen throughout including all units, plates, cups, cutlery etc.

  • Wash all windows in tea room and scorebox internal and external

  • Clean out scorebox internal and external 

    Members are asked to come along and support your club the more we have the quicker we can get finished.

Club Clothing
Feb 19, 2017, 4:26 pm

We are looking to place an order again this year we already a a number of orders what we need is for those who have ordered clothing can they please bring payment for the order to our cricket nets.

If you would like to order clothing please see you Chairman at the nets, he has the order forms.

Final date for an order is Tuesday 28th February this is to allow time so we have the clothing before the season starts.

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