Thewlis encouraged by team

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ASHINGTON Cricket Club’s first XI skipper Michael Thewlis said he was “encouraged” rather than despondent after his side’s latest defeat which keeps them second from bottom in the A1 division of the Wellstream Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League.

Thewlis said after Saturday’s reverse to Tynedale: “People will probably think we should be worried we’ve not won this game, but I’m enormously encouraged at how we didn’t fold and took the game to the 48th over.

“That said, too many of us got starts, myself included, and didn’t score the 70 or 80 runs that other batters could have played around so we could score 200-plus.

“But we batted well on a difficult and slow track, which definitely got easier.”

Thewlis praised his bowling attack, adding: “Our bowlers worked really hard on a flat, slow pitch and although we probably didn’t get our lengths right early enough to put them under pressure, they nevertheless put in an enormous amount of effort.

“It was great to have Andrew Gray back and scoring a 50, and watching Adam Nichol bowling at first team level and being more than a match for established first teamers.

“Although I appreciate that each game we don’t win makes it harder for us to stay in this division, I have to keep reminding myself that we have played with five or more under 18s in the side all season.

“I know they will get better and better and I know that we will be a top notch side in the next couple of years with these young, home-grown players.”