Praise for Prudhoe and the team

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ASHINGTON Cricket Club’s first XI skipper Greg Williams heaped praise on centurion Simon Prudhoe following the comprehensive 174-run victory over Cowgate on Saturday.

He then described his side’s display as being a perfect team performance.

Williams said: “I lost the toss and they put us into bat – and it was always going to be slow and low and hard on that wicket, and initially I thought 180 would be a good score.

“It was a fantastic effort by the lads to finish with 237, and I said at the tea interval that we would have more than enough runs if we bowled anywhere near what we are capable of – and that’s the way it turned out.

“It was a tremendous knock by Simon Prudhoe, but I thought Andrew Gray grafted well because it wasn’t easy early doors.

“Andrew stuck around and locked in a partnership with Simon then Daniel Grant and Martin Sexton did the same.”

As for the latter, who finished with an unbeaten 39, Williams said: “Martin was down to bat at number seven but we bumped him up the order a bit because he can go from ball one – he doesn’t need a couple of overs to get his eye in – and he did exactly what was required, hitting the ball straight and clean.

“It was a good knock at a vital time, which was the difference between us getting 200 or well over, and consequently I was over the moon with our batting.”

Williams was equally delighted with the bowling attack.

He said: “We got off to a flying start and a wicket with the first ball immediately puts the opposition under pressure.

“I just thought we bowled in the right areas on that wicket – like other teams have done to us.

“Simon scored a brilliant hundred today. It has been coming and it was a precious knock, but it was still very much a team performance.

“We had a good win at Greenside and this just adds to it.

“It’s been a while since we turned a team over like we did today, and all the lads are finally finding a bit of rhythm.”