Williams delighted with side’s fighting spirit

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Ashington Cricket Club’s first XI skipper Greg Williams applauded his side’s fighting spirit after they hit back to claim a 27 runs victory over Alnmouth & Lesbury at Langwell Crescent on Saturday.

Williams said: “All in all it was a good performance and we showed good fighting spirit in the end because in my eyes Alnmouth & Lesbury had the game in their pocket at one stage.

“I certainly thought they were favourites with wickets in hand and have to admit that I was a little bit worried.

“At the half way mark I was concerned because they had every chance. But we fought back well – something which we have done all season – so I was pleased with the display.

“I thought the wicket would have been a lot slower than it was but it played really well all day.

“I was pleased to win the toss and we have performed well. Neil Wood and Dan Grant – who were excellent again – got us off to a great start giving us a base, then Simon Prudhoe came in and did just what you want from your number three, scoring 70 from not many balls.”

He added: “It laid a great foundation and it was nice to have in place because we haven’t had that all season from the top three or four batsmen and it was good to have them all come together.

“I was over the moon with 243 on the board. Anything from 190 upwards would have been a good score with the way I expected the wicket to play second half, but it didn’t get as slow and low as I thought and consequently as was proved, we really needed that total.”

Williams also praised bowlers Callum Storey and Sonu Singh as well as fielders Adam Nichol and Doug Potts, who pouched vital catches in the deep.

“Alnmouth got off to a great start and the ball sat up nicely for them,” he said.

“Tom Vickers and Paul Straker ran well between the wickets, something which they always do, and put us under pressure.

“I thought Chris Watson and myself tightened things up a little with a bit of spin, but then they just got used to the pace and it became easy for them so we changed the bowling again and I thought it paid off.

“Callum and Sonu came back on and turned the game around.

“Sonu got Vickers out with his first ball and was indebted to a great catch by Adam Nichol.

“Then Doug Potts has collected a fielder’s hat-trick by pocketing three outstanding catches towards the end to get Straker and a couple of the other hitters, which were big wickets.”