Most enjoyable season by far for Williams

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As the champagne corks popped at Langwell Crescent on Saturday night, Ashington first XI skipper Greg Williams said he had just completed his most enjoyable season in 20 years at the club.

This season has seen the Colliers win a league and cup double.

And Williams, 34, said: “I have played at Ashington before where we have won leagues and cups but from a personal point of view, this has been my most enjoyable season by far because the lads have fought all the way.

“There have been 15 or 16 of them who have played this term and it has been a good squad effort all through.

“However, I’m happy to be just part of a club which is moving back to where it belongs.”

Reflecting on the four wickets win over Alnwick, Williams added: “This win today has just topped off a fantastic season. We bowled tremendously well and we would have settled for bowling them out for 130 before the start of the game.”

After winning the toss, Williams believes he put pressure on the visitors who were gunning to secure a promotion place.

“We had already won the league so the pressure was on them because they needed nine points and had to come out and deliver,” he said.

“I thought they would be under a little bit of pressure if I put them in and admittedly they got off to a good start.

“But we got the prize wicket of Michael Threlfall – who had looked in good nick – through a bowling change when Matty Collins came on and got him lbw.”

Williams, who praised his side for there fantastic fielding, admitted they made things difficult for themselves when batting.

He said: “We got off to a good start again but we had a little bit of a wobble in the middle, which is typical of our season as we tend to make hard work of things.

“However, it was a great finish where it was touch and go with Alnwick still being up for it knowing that if they won, they would get promoted.”

An unbroken stand for the seventh wicket between Matty Storey and Doug Potts saw Ashington home and Williams said: “The two lads who were in at the end deserved to be there at the finish.

“Matty Storey has played a lot of cricket this term and you could see it meant a lot to him.

“But the pair have been like unsung heroes this season where they have come in and produced the goods when needed. I’m just over the moon.”