Skipper Williams hails ‘fantastic’ result

Ashington Cricket Club’s first XI skipper Greg Williams applauded his side after their latest victory over Greenside propelled them to the top of the A2 division of the Wellstream Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League.

With seven games to go, Williams’ outfit now lead the table by 16 points from Benwell & Walbottle with Backworth one point behind in third place.

However, Greenside appeared to be favourites as they were about to enter the final phase of ten overs.

It was then Williams snapped up the precious wicket of left hander Darren Stephenson, who was caught on the boundary by Matty Storey, and this significantly changed the course of the game.

“I wasn’t expecting Greenside to get as close to be honest,” said Williams.

“They performed quite well at the start and Darren Stephenson batted really well, taking the spinner on, and he got them into a good position.

“Although the pitch was doing something, we just didn’t look like taking wickets early on.

“We never looked like hitting the stumps and the ball didn’t ‘pop’ like we thought it would, but second half we came back with a bit of fire in our bellies and although they had a couple of overs where they got on top, Callum (Storey) and Sonu (Singh) won the game for us.

“Callum and Sonu are two young lads whom I have said already, need to learn, and they are doing just that looking at there respective spells at the end which were just class as they didn’t go for many runs.

“We took some good catches, although for the first 20 overs I didn’t think we fielded as well as we can.

“However, I thought we were excellent when it mattered in the last 15 and this was a fantastic win.”

The skipper was happy with his side’s score of 207-9.

He added: “It was a good effort. I thought initially the way the wicket played at the start, with balls popping off a length, we did well.

“Daniel Grant and Simon Prudhoe then Scott Dunn and Prudhoe got us into a great position by the half way stage, and their knocks were the difference.

“We had a bit of a wobble in the middle but pulled it back through Sonu at the end, who got us vital runs with an unbeaten 46.”