Williams delighted with side’s perfect start

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ASHINGTON Cricket Club skipper Greg Williams described his side’s 89 runs victory over Alnwick on Saturday as being “the perfect start” to the season.

Williams had seen successive clashes against Newcastle City and Consett washed out by waterlogged grounds, but he was deligted to finally get going.

“It was great to get our season under way and the victory was the perfect start for us,” he said.

“We struggled early doors when batting, but the ball was moving around quite a lot.

“Then Michael Thewlis and myself knuckled down and some of the other lads lower down chipped in with runs which made all the difference.

“I thought a score of 160 – which we almost ended up with – would have been more than enough on the wicket, and even 120 would have been a good score, but I was over the moon with what we got.”

Williams praised his bowling attack.

He added: “Jonathan Sadler put the ball in the right spot and would have gone on to bowl 15 overs if needed, whilst Craig Wood was great with the new ball considering he still had a bit of a niggle with his shoulder injury,.

“It was nice to get some of the other lads like Surya Rathore, Adam Nichol and Callum Storey into the attack as well ,and I was pleased with everyone.

“The bowling was fantastic because it was a very difficult outfield and the bowlers were forced to run in on a sponge like surface.”

Of his own contribution, by far the highest individual knock of the day with 66, Williams said: “I was over the moon. I felt I had to knuckle down especially in the role of captain but it was nice just to get some runs under my belt.”