Ashington Cricket Club’s first XI skipper Greg Williams was full of praise for his side as they went to the top of the A2 division of the Wellstream Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League on Saturday night after defeating Alnwick at Weavers Way.
However, Williams is only too aware that his side’s reign in pole position – where they lead Backworth by six points and Alnwick by 13 – looks to be a brief stay with the Colliers idle this weekend.
A delighted Williams said: “I thought it was a tremendous all-round performance and it’s a great boost for the lads to go top.
“However, after the way we have played over the past few weeks, I think it is well deserved.
“We have a Saturday off this weekend and whilst you can argue that it gives us an opportunity to recharge our batteries, I’d rather be playing every week, to be honest.
“I think we were a little bit disappointed that after having Alnwick 60-8 that they went on to get 109.
“But I would be happy if I knew we would bowl the opposition out for that score every week.
“Steve Harmison and Sonu Singh were tight at the start but I thought Alnwick’s two openers (Dan Graham and Robert Green) played it well.
“They were 32-0 and had put their side into a good position when Sonu claimed two wickets in his last over, which was perfect for us because 32-2 is a totally different game.
“Graham has been in good form whilst Threlfall got a good 100 against us last year, and after capturing both, I thought Chris Watson bowled really well and mixed things up after that.”
Williams applauded Singh – but reserved the best accolade for left hander Neil Wood.
“For all Sonu only got 23, he was positive and played through the ball which was the right thing to do and his knock was a vital one,” he said.
“But it was a vintage performance from Neil Wood. He was solid, put the bad ball away when he could and overall it was a great innings.
“For all we were chasing 110 to win, it could have been a difficult target because Alnwick have two lads who open the bowling (Gareth Bateman and Jonathon Roxburgh) who are sharp.
“We needed someone to make a score for us and Neil has done that perfectly.”