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1st Lose by 1 run - 2nds win local derby
Aug 16, 2017, 8:35 pm

1st team 12th August away to Warkworth CC.

 

We welcomed Harwood & Beefy back into the side, both having now served their time away.

Harwood is off next week for yet another holiday, completing a 2 week Tour de France in his stupendous Caravan, so Denty retained the captaincy for the day to keep consistency. Bar Richards (torn ACL) we fielded a full strength side for the first time since June, a reflection of the extent of our extended injury troubles this year. All Millburn’s were present and available, all held together by various tape and super glue, but available none the less.

 

Expert coin flipper Dent won the toss and chose to bowl first, there had been rain around in morning hours and it seemed a reasonable choice in the circumstances. The rains had soaked the outfield so a late start was decided for 2pm, 40 overs a side.

Limbered up and fit again Cory Milburn got things going for us. Cory has recently recovered from a lightly bruised toe nail and is back after a 6 week lay-off. We got off to a great start, Cory was impressive and caused early problems both batsman. The movement away from the right handers stumps was proving too much as he quickly accounted for Robson (0) with a sharp ball that climbed and was on the batsmen too quickly, Dent taking a simple catch at slip.

 

Not to be left out, Greaves soon got in the action as 1 became 2. He removed Wilson caught behind (0) to leave Warkworth 13/2. This brought together Adam Hall & Scoot Gibson to calm home team nerves. Adam Hall was looking for the Mo Farah double double after scoring 50 runs and taking 5 crucial wickets in the reverse fixture earlier this season.

Erasing any worries the home crowd had at the slow start, the pressure quickly turned and boundaries began to flow as both batsman went on the attack. Gibson hit a number of eye catching boundaries through the off side whilst Hall was more measured in his approach manipulating the field to his advantage. Hall must particularly enjoy facing our attack as nearly half his league runs this year have been scored against us!

 

Warkworth quickly progressed to 87/2, this wasn’t helped by some very average fielding from us. Harwood dropped a simple chance off Hall at gully, he claimed not to see it, hard to believe when he was wearing his thickest spectacles. To be honest no-one covered themselves in much glory (including the writer) and we gifted them at least 15 runs in the field through simple mistakes.

Finger spinner Scott Maddison got the coveted breakthrough just before drinks, finally finding a useful fuller length he enticed Gibson into a heave over the leg side and bowled him, the ball clipping off stump and Gibson was out 36. Warkworth were 96 for 3 at drinks and about par on a kind outfield and small boundaries.

 

Batting at 5 Joseph Leddy recovered from a nervy start and began to up the pace for the home locker room and the scoreboard began to race along. He reached 50 off 60 balls with the leg side yielding the majority of his runs. It was fine knock, the highlights were a number of superb flicks through square leg, punishing any bowling too straight on his pads.

Home owner Lewy Tanney & Disney world enthusiast Maddison went for a few runs in that spell of the game, but given the situation of the game and the small boundaries there wasn’t a whole lot more they could have done. Matty Tanney bowled particularly well at the death and is pushing hard for an earlier bowl next week.

 

We took a couple more wickets near the death as Warkworth finished 217-5 off their 40 overs. We conceded a total of 40 extras which was a reflection of poor fielding and some poor bowling down the leg side, no blame on Beefy who stood no chance standing up to the stumps.

Our reply started poorly as Denty fell early door to Hall for 8, the ball swinging in and bowling him as he looked to step back and play through the off side. Callum Milburn fell soon after caught at mid-on off Clark, Callum driving at a ball that wasn’t quit there to hit.

 

This brought Peacock and Milburn Snr to the crease, in a carbon copy of Warkworth’s innings the pair then went on the attack. Peacock hit Clark down the ground for 6 to get things going and then Milburn hit a succession of quick boundaries to move the score quickly to 75/2.

Due to a shift in Momentum, the wily duo of Clough & Pringle were brought into the attack in an attempt to slow things down. The tactic worked wonders and the boundaries began to dry up. The vice lock soon told as Paul went for a last minute heave over cow only to sky a simple catch to the incoming fielder at mid-wicket. A disappointing end as Paul departed for a brisk 20 in a brief but destructive innings that could have been so much more.

 

Determined to find form, Peacock continued to grind it out, picking up singles where possible and eventually reached just his second fifty of the season off 56 balls, only to be dismissed on the very next ball as he played all round a straight one and was bowled off Pringle.

That was big wicket for the home side and the pressure began to mount as Cory Milburn & Matty Tanney struggled to score, a combination of clever bowling and intelligent field settings restricted our boundaries and the dot balls kept coming. We needed over 9 runs an over off the last 14 for us to win the game.

 

Cory was dismissed LBW ?? off Pringle for 17, this brought Storey to the crease and our hopes seemed to rest solely on his shoulders if we were to mount a serious attempt at reaching 217. And a fine job he did! Scoring got easier after Pringle and Clough had bowled out and Storey took a liking to anything full, dispatching a number of boundaries through the leg side.

Storey smashed 56 off 39 balls to leave us needing 9 off the final 2 delivers. With bums twitching and tensions in the filed clear to see Storey then smashed a 6 down the ground to leave us needing 3 off the final delivery, 2 enough for a draw. Unfortunately we were 9 down at this point and with Greaves at the other end we weren’t exactly best placed to run a quick-fire 2!!

 

Adam Hall bowled a good Yorker and Storey could only force a shot down to long on, we were all out trying for the second and Warkworth won by 1 run.

A tense end to a fine game of cricket and a great advert for the league. Hopefully under the new league structure there can be a minimum number of fielders required within an inner circle to make it more of an even contest in a chase. However no grumbles from us as if it was the other way round we would have done exactly the same and had 9 boundary fielders. I would even have drafted in me Nan to add another boundary rider if allowed!

 

We are only 30 points off the relegation places and have some important matches coming up against Stobswood & Cramlington in the next few weeks to secure our place In the premier league for next season.

 

Bomarsund home 12/08/2017

 

Bomarsund 2nds travelled to the REC in what was the start of a set of fixtures that would have a major impact on promotion to Division 1. With the normal Saturday morning rain circling which threatened to have a major impact on the league without a bowl being bowled, thankfully, with a change in weather, play eventually started late and a 30 over game was possible.

 

With conditions under foot a little tricky but the weather looking fair, Bomarsund skipper won the toss and elected to bowl first. ARCC 2nds batsmen once again set about the task of setting a score for the bowlers to defend and posted 154-7 in 30 overs with Jay Little top scoring with 48 not out along with useful contributions from Jonny Richards (35) C Jobson (17).

ARCC 2nds knew that they had to bowl well knowing that Bomarsund had some key batsmen that could score quickly and take the game away

from them. Again, the bowlers delivered the goods and restricted Bomarsund 2nds to 103-5 in 30 overs with Trevor Elliot the pick of the bowlers with figures of 5-0-18-4

 

This was an important victory which maintained the momentum especially leading into the biggest weekend of the season so far with a trip to 2nd placed Whitely Bay which will have a major bearing on the promotion places and on Sunday 20th August, ARCC 2nds travel to Blyth to play Whickham 2nds in the Enid Farmer Final.

 


Rain Rain
Aug 9, 2017, 9:05 pm

1st Team v Blagdon Park CC Saturday 5/8/2017

Blagdon won the toss and unsurprisingly after the weather we've had and with a poor forecast asked us to bat first. Dent opened the batting with himself and Matthew Tanney. The score had moved to 18 when Matthew was caught behind for 1.

Dent and Paul Milburn took the score to 35 before Paul was caught behind for 9 which brought Lewis Tanney to the crease. The pair put on 71 for the 3rd wicket which was eventually broken by Blagdon captain Gibson after a rain delay when Tanney was bowled for a well made 35.

Dent carried his bat through the innings cautiously compiling a well-made 67 noy out from 115 balls including 5 fours and 1 six which was an excellent captains knock under difficult circumstances with several senior batsmen not available on the day.

Gibson 3-39 and Clark 4-32 were the pick of the Blagdon bowlers. 

Unfortunately the 2nd innings never got underway as just after the tea break the heavens opened, only after the covers had been on and off 3 times during the first innings. Both captains decided at 5:45pm after over an hour of heavy rain that there wasn't much chance of a result and shook hands on a respectful draw. 

Ashington Rugby CC 8 points Blagdon Park CC 9 points

1st team are away to Warkworth next Saturday looking to avenge a 20 run loss earlier in the season. 

After not playing in the previous weeks, ARCC 2nds travelled to Corbridge knowing that 30pts was a must if they were going to push for promotion to Division 1.

 

On a beautiful sunny day, ARCC 2nds won the toss and elected to bat first. With the plan to post a total over 200, the ARCC 2nds batsmen set about the task. Again Mr consistent Kevin Hetherington top scored with 64 not out supported by useful contributions from Jonny Richards (40), Dean Hardy (20) in posting a total of 204-8 in 40 overs.

 

In reply, Corbridge struggling to cope with the accurate bowling of the ARCC 2nds bowlers and eventually were all out for 60 in 25 overs. Jonny Acaster 6-2-10-4, Craig Jobson 9-3-17-3 and Davey Wanless Snr 10-1-33-2 all bowled extremely well.

This was the result that ARCC 2nds needed knowing that tougher encounters were coming, starting with Bomarsund 2nds @ home. 

 


Mixed fortunes
Aug 9, 2017, 8:57 pm

Corbridge away Saturday 29/07/17

Having won the toss skipper David Dent had no hesitation in batting first on what looked like a decent day for it, on a green deck. We got off to a slow but steady start reaching 56-3 after 18 overs.

Openers Callum Milburn and Adam Peacock scoring 13 and 9 respectively. After losing Little for 1, Dent was joined at the crease by Lewis Tanney and both started to raise the scoring rate before Dent was caught behind for 34. Lewis eventually fell for a fine 67 which included 9 fours.

Parsons 11, Paul Milburn 8, Johnny Richards 9 and Ricky Gibson 13 all contributed to a competitive 196-10 in the 49th over.

A Dover was the pick of Corbridge bowlers with figures of 3-32off his 13 overs.
In reply Corbridge made a good start reaching 40-2 after 10 overs.

Although wickets fell at regular intervals our bowlers couldn't dislodge opener Chris Fowler who went on to complete a match winning century and finished 103 not out which included 10 fours from 130 balls.

Our wicket takers were Dent 4-60 and Lewis Tanney 4-56. Our bowlers did well to take the game into the 46th over but we ultimately fell short on the day. 

Ashington Rugby CC 7 points Corbridge CC 29 points.

With the weather looking fair, ARCC 2nds looked to get back into the grove after the postponement the previous week with a tough game against Embleton. Unfortunately Embleton conceded the fixture on the morning of the game due to being unable to field a team meaning that for the 2nd week ARCC 2nds had no game.

Ashington Rugby CC 30 points


End of Season Event
Aug 6, 2017, 5:38 pm

Our chairman is asking club members what type of function we should have for our end of season presentation evening.

Previously we have had a race night's as we can bring along our kids and family for a fun event which also raises much needed funds to help us maintain our facilities.

The question is what do we have and when do we have it, we need to book up the Rugby Club soon as the room is booked well in advance now since the extension.


1st Lose in Wilson Cup Final
Jul 26, 2017, 8:41 pm

 

Tuesday 25th July 2017 at Benwell Hill Cricket Club.

 

Having lost the toss we were asked to have a bat on what looked like a firm slightly green wicket which was expected due to the amount of rain we've had recently. We got off to a slow but steady start due to some decent bowling from the opposition; this all changed in the 6th over Matthew Tanney was bowled for 4. Dent went 1st ball of the next over for 20 with the score on 26. After 10 overs we were reasonably well placed at 39-2 with Lewis Tanney and Callum Milburn looking set. Unfortunately any momentum that was gained quickly stopped dead with the fall of wickets as Lewis went for 7 parsons for 4 and Callum for a well-made 27. This left Paul Milburn and Stu Rosser to rebuild for a couple of overs before Milburn fell for 16. Stu finished unbeaten on 7 leaving us about 20 runs short at 95-6 after 20 overs. J. Warner was the pick of Whickham’s bowlers with 4-30 off his 5 overs.

 

We would need early wickets which didn't materialise with Warner getting off to a quick start with 2 6s in the 2nd over. Whickham made steady progress reaching 69-1 in the 12 over. 2 quick wickets in the 13th over from Lewis Tanney with a run out and a Matthew Tanney wicket in the next 3 overs left Whickham on 88-5 after 17 overs. The game was won in the next over when Warner completed a man of the match performance by hitting the winning runs and ending up 58 not out. The Tanney brothers being the pick with 3 wickets between them.

 

Congratulations to Whickham who were the better team on the day.

 

Big thank you to Benwell Hill for allowing our club to play at your ground.  

 

Thanks from skipper David Dent go to all the lads who have played there part in a good cup run his season. We have lots of potential in the squad so there's no reason why with a little good fortune we can't go 1 better next season.


Club in 2 cup finals this week
Jul 23, 2017, 12:57 pm

1st team play Whickham CC on Tuesday 25th July at Benwell Hill CC in the Wilson Cup.

2nd team play Whickham CC on Thursday 27th July at Blyth CC in the Enid Farmer Cup. 


Saturday 22nd July Both games off
Jul 23, 2017, 12:55 pm

Both the 1st and 2nd team games were called off due to the rain and the pitches not being fit.

1st were due to be at home against Blyth and 2nds were away to Berwick.


2nd Team win Enid Farmer Semi
Jul 20, 2017, 7:48 pm

Our 2nd team travelled to Howick CC for the weather delayed semi-final, we restricted Howick to a low score and we chased it down for the loss of only a few wickets.

The final is at Blyth CC on 20th July we play Wickham CC its a 6pm start.


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