Thewlis delighted with first win since May

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ASHINGTON Cricket Club’s first XI skipper Michael Thewlis was delighted after his side had notched their first win in the league since the middle of May after running out convincing victors over basement side Newcastle City on Saturday.

Thewlis said: “It goes without saying but that was an important win for us.

“We went about the job in a great way, putting them under pressure right from the start when Stephen Boyd removed their opener.

“And when the wickets continued to fall in those first half a dozen overs, especially when we got the scalp of their professional (Mo Ali), we knew our job would be a lot easier.

“To be fair to them, they did not give up and made it difficult for us to get their last few remaining wickets.

“So instead of chasing 60, which was what it was looking like at one stage, they managed to nearly get to 100.

“All the bowlers bowled well and it was good to have Surya (Rathore) back, especially since three of our bowlers were missing.”

“We chased the score down very well, with only a few hiccups.

“Jack (Jessop), Simon (Prudhoe) and Stephen (Boyd) batted well to see us through to the end of what was a great team performance and it was pleasing to win so emphatically.

“But we know that next week’s game at Morpeth is going to be tough and we will work hard during the week preparing for that, as well as games until the end of the season.”