Thewlis pleased with all round performance

ASHINGTON Cricket Club’s first XI captain Michael Thewlis paid a collective compliment to his side after they had recorded their first victory of the season over Newcastle City at Gosforth on Saturday.

Thewlis praised his side when said: “I thought it was a really good all round performance with the bat and the ball.

“We lost the toss but we were going to bowl in any case because the wicket looked a bit green.

“Stephen Boyd and Craig Wood bowled really well – Craig finished with excellent figures of 5-39 and Stephen was very unlucky.

“Every one of the bowlers have chipped in with wickets with the exception of Boyd and Surya Rathore has got his first league wicket for the club, which is great.”

The undoubted highlight for Thewlis was his side’s performance with the bat.

“The thing which pleased me more than anything else was the batting,” he said.

“We managed to be in control throughout the innings and never looked as if we were going to be in any trouble whatsoever.

“I’m really pleased for Jack (Jessop) and Scott (Thornton) who got some runs under their belts and had the chance to show their ability.”

Simon Prudhoe’s return to action was also acknowledged by Thewlis.

He added: “He really does make a difference in the field and that run out of home professional (Ali) in the early stages was an important piece of cricket.”

After making early inroads, Ashington’s progress was checked by rain which led to a two-hour stint in the pavilion.

“I thought we would get back on but the game can change because it can get reduced by so many overs, although it’s not so bad when you are fielding,” said Thewlis.

“At the stoppage, they were already two wickets down and they then lost another two wickets in the space of two overs when play restarted and that knocked the stuffing knocked out of them.

“I couldn’t have been more pleased with the way we have played – it was a deserved victory and hopefully this will kick start our season after two previous defeats.

“We didn’t deserve to get anything against Chopwell, we did against Annfield Plain, but we looked good today.”