Daniel loves pressure of role

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ASHINGTON vice-captain Daniel Grant stepped up to the plate on Saturday and skippered the Colliers for the first time in his career in the absence of the unavailable Greg Williams.

And afterwards the 22-year-old wicketkeeper admitted that despite the pressure he ‘loved’ the responsibility.

“It was different and it was hard but I was so nervous because I didn’t want to let anyone down rather than I didn’t think I was capable of doing the job,” he said.

“I loved it. There’s a lot to do when you keep wicket and have to concentrate on every ball, but it’s something which I’d definitely like to do again in the future.”

Grant, along with Neil Wood, rescued Ashington with a mid-innings partnership.

He added: “We were in a really good position when Neil and myself were together at the wicket, and we probably should have seen the game out

“I succumbed to a bit of a silly dismissal being caught on the boundary and Neil not long after.

“There was then a bit of pressure on the team, but I thought we pulled together and everyone did their bit including Surya Rathore who did what he does best – that is putting the bat to ball.”