Ashington Cricket Club’s first team skipper Greg Williams - who still banishes any talk of the League championship coming to Langwell Crescent - nevertheless admitted at the weekend that the first part of the season had been a “dream.”
The Colliers - who held a 39 points lead before they went into Saturday’s clash against Benwell & Walbottle - kicked off the second half by clinching a seven wickets victory and Williams said afterwards: “This has been a dream start for us and we have played some good cricket.
“We have deserved every win and the team spirit is as good as I have ever known at the club.
“We are clicking at the minute and I know we have a decent lead at the top but that means nothing and I’m certainly not going to get carried away.
“We have just got to continue to win games and see where we are before the final match of the season against Lanchester on September 17.”
The skipper invited the hosts to take first strike in Saturday’s showdown: “After winning the toss, it was a no brainer,” he added,
“The wicket was hard on top but quite soft underneath and we thought it was going to be slow and quite difficult to bat on.
“With the weather being unpredictable and the clouds floating around, it was always going to be a “bowl first day” and see what happens.”
Williams was happy too as Ani Singh (5-25) and Ben Harmison (4-3) featured strongly: “It was a good bowling performance because it was hard work especially for the seamers,” he said,
“We got off to a great start then Benwell got a little bit of a partnership going in the middle.
“We put the ball in the right areas and whilst Ani’s was a really good nap hand, Ben picked up an excellent haul of four wickets for next to no runs.”
Williams was pleased as batting wise, his side adopted a positive attitude.
He added: “We had two good knocks from Neil Wood and Ani Singh to get us going then others chipped in.
“The weather is always at the back of your mind but I think you have got to be positive on a pitch like that because if you sit back and wait, you are going to get out.”