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Ash topple both Backworth teams
May 30, 2016, 9:27 pm

Saturday 28th May saw both teams play Backworth CC, for the first time ever since their relegation from Northumberland Tyneside Senior League (NTSL). Our first team was at home at the REC, it was a warm but overcast day and the toss was important to win as the wicket looked like another road (batters paradise) we lost the toss and Backworth elected to bat, we were gutted but we were focused on the game, we had been warming up since 11.00 and we ready for the match. Backworth were sitting top of the league unbeaten and they were confident however the rugger boys we up for the fight.

Backworth started brightly with Clarke hitting some fine shots early on, however with the score on 17 they lost their captain Robson bowled by Greaves for 0, then the next ball J. Duncan was trapped in front LBW he didn’t expect the swing Dean was getting, that was 2 down for 17. Clarke was the next to fall bowled by Greaves on 21 leaving Backworth 32 for 3, to the jubilation of the Rugger boys. A. Pisani came in and carried a bit of luck with the ball flying of the edge a number of times running through 3rd man area. Pisani did bat well to get his total to 43 before being caught well in the outfield by Dean Hardy, when Pisani was out the score was on 76 afters 22 overs and then the rugger boys put a squeeze on the runs bowling very tight and also taking wickets. It took Backworth another 13 overs before they hit three figures and by then they had lost 6 wickets.  Eventually posting 156 for 9, off their 50 overs.

Our bowling D. Greaves rolled back the years taking 4 for 29 off 13 overs, C. Milburn 2 for 47 off 13 overs, J. Richards 1 for 26 off 13 overs and Scott (the wicket burglar) Maddison 2 for 46 off 11 overs.

We were aware a good start was important not letting them into the game we got to 33 in the 7th over before losing opening bat Matty Tanney after he bludgeon 5 fours in his 26 off 20 balls. In came Adam Peacock to Partner David Dent, they played brilliantly and developed a great partnership, with some glorious shots, D. Dent hit 6 fours in his 42 not out off 63 balls and A. Peacock hit 10 fours and 4 sixes in his fantastic knock of 84 not out off 68 balls, we reached the target of 156 and passed it off 25.4 overs with 24.2 overs to spare with the loss of only 1 wicket, brilliant days for the Rugger boys.

Ashington Rugby CC 29 points and Backworth CC 3 points.

Our 2nds travelled to unbeaten Backworth expecting a very tough game, they batted first and scoring only 69 all out, our bowling attack bowled great lines which caused Backworth no end of trouble the main men were C. Jobson 4 wickets for 17 runs, T. Elliott 3 for 16 this tore the heart out of the batting line up. We reached the target for the loss of 5 wickets with A. Black taking 2 wickets for 26 runs however that didn’t stop the rugger boys getting home to secure maximum pots on the travels.

Backworth CC 2 points and Ashington Rugby CC 30 points.

Great day at the office as they say both Backworth teams loss their unbeaten runs to the boys from Ashington.

First win at Berwick
May 23, 2016, 12:54 pm

Saturday 21st May saw our 1st team take the long travel to Berwick CC, on a windy day, we lost the toss and were asked to bat. Our run machine from last week Mr. Dent fell in the first over without troubling the scorer. We only started to build a partnership when Adam Peacock and Captain Chris Harwood came together at the crease, Adam falling for 17 and Chris for 30. This brought the two youngsters together Lewis Tanney and Cory Milburn, they batted showing maturity above their years to help build a platform for the club. Lewis was the lead run scorer in the partnership hit some beautiful shots in his 83 not out, Cory played well in his 26. We ended up 206 for 7 in our 50 overs which was a good effort on that track and especially with the loss of wickets early on. S. Emery bowled well for Berwick in his spell taking 5 for 42.

Berwick’s run chase started off slowly mainly due to the good bowling of Dean Greaves and David Dent who bowled their 13 overs straight through. Greaves took 1 for 30 and Dent 0 for 21, this restricted Berwick to only 60 odd on the board halfway through. Berwick’s run scorers were M. Hush with 33, J. Paterson 39 and S. Emery 21, they finished all out 178. Our wicket takers were D. Greaves 1 for 30, C. Milburn 2 for 55, J. Richards 2 for 35 and S. Maddison (the wicket burglar) 4 for 25.

Great win and our clubs first win at Berwick which has previously been a bogey ground. That is 2 wins on the bounce, we need to keep the run going if we want to do anything in the league this season

Berwick CC 7 Points and Ashington Rugby CC 30 points.

Our 2nd team played at home at the REC entering the visitors Monkseaton CC, we won the toss and elected to bat on a good looking deck, we scored 167 with Jay Little top scoring with 64. M Graham took 3 for 52 and A. Simms 4 for 45 bowling for Monkseaton CC. Their run chase did not get going and were bowled all out for 80, our leading bowlers were C. Jobson 4 for 19 and S. Henderson 3 for 22.

Well done another good win.

Ashington Rugby CC 30 points and Monkseaton CC 6 points.


1st Team break their duck
May 22, 2016, 12:01 pm


Saturday 14th May saw Warkworth CC 1st team travel to the REC for their Premier League game against the Rugger boys, who were looking for their first win after a poor start to the season. It was a cold day with quite a breeze.

We won the toss on a great looking wicket and obviously elected to bat. We had a new opening partnership of David Dent and Matty Tanney we got off to a great start punishing some wayward bowling in the early overs and we raced to 50 in no time at all. Both openers hit some sweet shots which travelled quickly over our fast outfield anything that went past the fielders kept on going to the boundary. The first wicket partnership went from 50 to 100 and then 150 before our first wicket fell on 179 on the board and the wicket was that of Matty Tanney how played well for his 69 falling LBW to Clough.

In came Adam Peacock who started off steady and looked good before falling also to Clough LBW on 37. David Dent had another few partners before he eventually fell on 126 caught Glass off Hall’s bowling, a fantastic knock for the team. Captain Harwood came in later on with a swashbuckling knock of 21 off 7 balls leaving our total on 315 for 5.

We mixed up our bowling on a graveyard wicket for bowlers the main man was Scott Maddison who took 4 wickets for 40 runs, the other wickets were shared around with even captain Harwood taking a wicket on the last ball of the game which gave us maximum points. Warkworth batters S. Gibson 23, M. Sewell 26, C. Glass 36, I. Clough 24, ending up 194 all out.

Ashington Rugby CC 30 points and Warkworth CC 6 points

Our 2nd Team visited near neighbours Bomarsund Welfare CC  for their Division 2 game, Bomar batted first and scored 84 all out. Craig Jobson took 3 wickets for 16 runs and Trevor Elliott 3 for 15. We hit the winning target with the loss of only 3 wickets, not bad effort with only 10 men, Steven Henderson top scored with 30 not out.

Bomarsund Welfare CC 2 points and Ashington Rugby CC 30 points.

Another bad day at the office
May 22, 2016, 11:52 am

Saturday 7th May saw our 1st team travel to Kirkley CC, we won the toss and elected to bat Lewis Tanney top scored with 64, Cory Milburn hit 44, Adam Peacock 26 and Scott Maddison 21 in our total of 201. Ex-player M. Nicholson took 4 wickets for 43 and W. Asher 3 for 50.

Kirkley beat the run chase with the first ball of the last over, the main man was W. Asher who hit a fine 121 not out. Our bowlers Dean Greaves 2 wickets for 30, Cory Milburn 2 for 55 and 1 wicket for Scott Maddison for 48 runs.

Kirkley CC 30 points & Ashington Rugby CC 7 points 

Look at the difference in 4 days
Apr 29, 2016, 7:04 pm

Saturdays 2nd team wicket 23rd April 2016 directly below looking good and playing well. Now look the two pictures below these taken on Tuesday 26th April, hail stones and snow with heavy wind our mobile covers would not stay on the square. Four seasons in 1 week, now we have lots of water on the ground. What next!!!!!!!!!

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Mixed fortunes
Apr 25, 2016, 8:14 pm


Our 1st Team travelled to Corbridge for the first game in the Premier league in 2016, we welcomed a new face in David Dent who signed from Blyth and Lewis Tanney returning to the Rugger Boys after one season at Bedlington. Corbridge batted first and were in trouble early on with losing wickets however R. Atkinson seemed to have the right idea on a wicket which was misbehaving he decided to go for it hitting some lusty blows in his 44 before being bowled by Scott Maddison. The only other players to hit double figures for Corbridge was A, Dover Not Out on 25, R. Perry 18, C. Darling 16 and J. Maude on 10 after their allocation of overs their innings finished on 134 for 8. Our bowlers D. Greaves 2 for 18, C. Milburn 1 for 19, S. Maddison 3 for 29, J. Richards 2 for 36, G. Whitworth 0 for 23 and D. Dent 0 for 5.

We set about our run chase in the worst way possible losing our first 6 wickets with only 30 runs on the board. In came opening bowler Cory Millburn who batted well in his 60 before being caught on the boundary with only 5 runs need for victory we ended up all out on 132 losing by 2 runs, the only other players to score double figures was D. Dent on 16 and S. Maddison 12. Corbridge bowlers R. Perry 4 for 22, A. Dover 3 for 15, D. Robinson 2 for 35, C. Darling 0 for 27 and D. Cox 0 for 26.

The worst possible start for the boys from Ashington, however it all starts again next week against Tillside CC at the Rec.

Corbridge CC 27 points and Ashington Rugby CC 6 points.

Our 2nd team entertained Corbridge at the Rec on an overcast and freezing day, Corbridge won the toss and put us in to bat, this did not bother us as we wanted to bat anyway on a good looking wicket. We lost 2 early wickets with the loss of D. Hardy and J. Little, that brought P. Milburn and Jonny Richards to the crease, they build steadily but still scoring at over 7 an over both reached 50’s just after drinks on 20 overs.  Jonny decided to hit what came in his half and he pushed his score along quickly with some lusty blows. P. Milburn was out caught on 59 thus breaking a 187 run partnership, not long after Jonny hit his 100 he was eventually out on 105, a great effort.  In came K. Hetherington and Captain R. Pringle who kept up with the run rate scoring 36 and 32 respectively both ending up not out. We posted a score of 280 for 4 in 40 overs.

Corbridge started off slowly losing wickets a regular intervals until M. Sewell started to hit out with 32 before being bowled by David (Dibbly Dobbler) Wanless. Corbridge finished their 40 overs with 159 for 7. Point of note Dean Hardy took his first ever wicket in the last over of the day clean bowled.

Not a bad first wicket of the season considering 439 runs scored after 80 overs and only 11 wickets fell.

Ashington Rugby CC 28 points and Corbridge CC 6 points.

Captain and Vice Captains Roles
Apr 3, 2016, 7:54 pm

Match Reporting

Please remember the following;

  1. Home teams must fully complete the appropriate sections of the Northumberland Cricket League on Line Result Sheet within 48 hours.
  2. Home teams must fully complete the on line scorecard within 48 hours.
  3. Away teams must approve the scorecard within 24 hours of point 2.
  4. Please remember that the home team must call the press after the game. Regardless if it is a Abandoned, Cancelled, Win, Lose, Tie or Concede.

Otherwise the club could lose points and or be fined.


Marking Scores for the Umpires and Pitches

Please find below an email from the NCL Assistant Secretary 

Dear all 


Could you please ensure that you inform your captains before the season starts of the new strict requirement regarding umpires markings and pitch scores.


We received a complaint last year that Premier Division and Division 1 captains were not agreeing the rating for the umpire and they were not asking the umpire for their rating of the pitch.


This year each home captain will have to complete the online form as per last year but WILL BE required to tick to confirm that they have asked the umpires for the pitch score and also have agreed with the opposing captain the umpire rating.


The General Commitee will be asking captains to confirm they have given this information. If it proves that home captains have not agreed the umpire rating with their opposition captain then a fine will be issued as per league rules. 


The General Commitee will be also asking umpires to confirm they have given this information. If it proves that home captains have not asked the umpire the umpire rating then a fine will be issued as per league rules.


There will be no leniency on these league rules this year.



Assistant Secretary 


ECB Guidance Note: Helmets
Apr 3, 2016, 7:43 pm


ECB Guidance Note: Safety measures for helmets within recreational cricket

The ECB has recently announced new helmet safety measures, which are being introduced with a view to reducing the risk of head and facial injuries within the game. The purpose of this brief note is to assist Leagues and Clubs at the recreational level to understand the key elements of these changes and what they mean.

Players over the age of 18

The ECB strongly recommends that all adult recreational cricketers should wear helmets for certain activities, preferably which meet the most recent British Safety Standard (see below). This recommendation applies to batting against all types of bowling, wicket-keepers standing up to the wicket (who may as an alternative wear face protectors) and fielders fielding closer than eight yards from the batsman’s middle stump, except behind the wicket on the off side.

Under 18s

The position in relation to u18s currently remains unchanged, and is governed by the ‘ECB Guidance on the Wearing of Cricket Helmets by Young Players’ ( In essence, batsmen and wicket-keepers standing up to the stumps must wear head protection when playing or practising. That Guidance should be referred to in full for the position in relation to u18s.

British Safety Standard

The latest British Safety Standard is BS7928:2013 (for both adults and juniors). The full list of helmets meeting this standard is available at For wicket-keeping face protectors the relevant British Safety Standard is BS7929-2:2009 (again, for both adults and juniors).

The ECB understands that there is currently no specific women's helmet and as a consequence no specific standard for women's cricket helmets. As the size of the standard women's cricket ball is between the standard men and junior balls, it is recommended that women use helmets that have been tested against both the men's and junior sized ball, or at least against the junior size ball (as that could potentially get through the gap above the face guard on a men's helmet).

What do Leagues and Clubs need to do?

Whilst it is strongly recommended that all adult recreational cricketers wear helmets in the on-field circumstances detailed above, it is not mandatory for them to do so. For the avoidance of doubt, Leagues or Clubs do not need to go above and beyond the ECB’s recommendation by forcing their cricketers to wear helmets.

However, Leagues and Clubs in recreational cricket should ensure that their cricketers are made aware of the ECB’s above recommendation in relation to helmets, including the need to check that any newly purchased helmets meet the latest British Safety Standard. The ECB recommends that Leagues and Clubs bring the link above (i.e to the attention of their cricketers and encourage all cricketers to carefully consider their own health and safety regarding helmet use.

Leagues and Clubs should always ensure that they have adequate public liability insurance.

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