Morpeth (268-8) v Ashington (183 all out) Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League, Division A1
GOOD performances with bat and ball helped Morpeth to a convincing derby victory.
Jonny Craigs and Jonny Foster got the hosts off to a positive start in their innings. Ashington’s bowlers did keep them honest and made some breakthroughs when Craigs was caught on 27 and Foster was bowled for 20.
Professional player Ben Harmison was dismissed cheaply, then Andrew Poxton (16) and James Sander (10) fell before they could make a major contribution.
But Ben Maxted gave Morpeth some momentum with his quick scoring, which included some cracking shots to the boundary.
Edwin Brown also provided solid support, with a few boundaries of his own, to take the score towards 150.
Maxted looked set for a century until he was bowled for 74. Jack Palmer came in next and he kept the scoring rate high with an attacking approach. He raced to 40 valuable runs before he was caught in the field.
Chris Horner made 11 and Brown was 52 not out as Morpeth finished on 268 for eight from their 50 overs.
Harmison looked to put his disappointing score with the bat behind him with the ball and when he found the edge of Ashington opener Thewlis early on, the ball was caught by wicketkeeper Maxted.
Jessop and Prudhoe put together a useful partnership for the visitors to take them past 50.
But Horner had Jessop caught for 37 and spinner Paul Elliott trapped Prudhoe lbw when on 34. Elliott then dismissed Grant for a duck in the same manner.
Horner got his second wicket to put the home side in command, however Ashington did not roll over as Boyd and Storey attempted to salvage the match.
Morpeth stayed patient and Elliott had Boyd caught by Foster for 42, whilst Storey (27) was caught by Horner off the bowling of James Craigs.
Jonny Craigs bowled Wood, Elliott picked up his fourth wicket and the last man was run out by Foster to give Morpeth victory by 85 runs.