Weather for once is a help as Ashington secure the win

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ASHINGTON’S Michael Thewlis deflected the attention away from his own personal influence on Ashington’s four-wicket win over Greenside on Saturday.

Thewlis, who hit a half century in the victory, thanked the weather for helping his performance with the ball.

He said: “This is the best knock I’ve had with the bat for a long time – since I scored a half century against Tynedale in 2007.

“I felt confident and I hit the ball hard – but it was also nice to have a bowl after a couple of years too.

“With the weather at last improving, I tried bowling in the nets on Tuesday night and everything felt fine.

“I also knew that we were short of a couple of bowlers so I thought I would give it a go.

“I’m 42 but at the moment I physically feel 62.”

Meanwhile pace bowler Craig Wood found his form with a vengeance by taking 5-23 and attributed his new found success to a purchase made last week.

“I’ve been struggling for rhythm so I decided to buy some insoles for my cricket boots,” he said.

“Hopefully they have done the trick because the rhythm was there today and I felt a lot happier.”

Skipper Greg Williams said of the win: “I thought we bowled well but even then Greenside still got 177, which I thought might have been a tough ask for us to get on that wicket.

“We made a great start by taking two wickets before they got a nice little partnership going which put us on the back foot a little bit.

“We pulled it back well at the end and Michael (Thewlis) bowled a good 15 overs from the garden end, which was a massive bonus for us.

“Craig Wood came in and mopped up the tail at the end but Matty Collins for a young lad has bowled ten quality overs, and I also thought Callum Storey bowled really well.

“He only got one wicket to show for it but it’s probably the best I have seen him this season.

“I think the lads are getting into the swing of things and hopefully the sunshine will prevail and we can get our rhythm – but I’m over the moon because it was a good effort.

“Batting wise we made a ropey start losing Neil Wood, and I thought we were up against it a little bit before Simon (Prudhoe) and Michael (Thewlis) figured in a vital partnership.

“After Simon had been dismissed, Michael was brilliant at the end and that is the best I have seen him bat.

“He looked really good and held everything together and never looked like losing his wicket.

“Everyone has chipped in this season so far for the games we have won and made runs when it mattered.”