Ashington cricketers receive an ‘early wake-up call’

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Ashington Cricket Club’s first XI skipper Greg Williams acknowledged that his side’s six wickets defeat against Lanchester on the opening day of the season was an early wake-up call.

Williams, who also paid tribute to the fighting spirit by the Durham side who claimed victory with an over to spare as they chased down a target of 271, said: “I lost the toss but would have batted anyway, and our first half was faultless.

“We did really well and I couldn’t have expected any more.

“Ani Singh and Neil Wood got us off to a perfect start then Ben O’Brien has scored a good 50 with Jack Jessop chipping in with a few runs at the end, so to get 270 on the board in our first game was great.”

However, Williams believed his side were rusty in the field.

“Second half we didn’t do ourselves justice with the ball from the start.

“We didn’t field as well as we could have done and I thought we looked a little bit rusty.

“It’s disappointing because I expected us to get a win under our belts, especially after the total we had posted.

“But I’d rather a defeat like this happened now than in the middle of July.

“We haven’t had any cross words, we have basically said that Lanchester batted well and you cannot take anything away from them.

“We will be looking to bounce back at home to Alnmouth & Lesbury this weekend but will have to reckon without pace bowlers Callum Storey and Craig Wood – and that is a double blow for us.”