Williams ecstatic as Ashington clinch second place in league

Ashington's Anirudh Singh on his way to an unbeaten 73 against Shotley Bridge and a final tally of 976 league runs for the season. Picture by Michael Brown
Ashington's Anirudh Singh on his way to an unbeaten 73 against Shotley Bridge and a final tally of 976 league runs for the season. Picture by Michael Brown
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Ashington Cricket Club’s first XI skipper Greg Williams was ecstatic after his side had clinched second place in the A1 division following their five wickets success over Shotley Bridge at Langwell Crescent on Saturday.

Williams said: “I think we finished off the season in the manner in which we have played all year.

“It was a great performance. I won the toss for the first time in a while and it was touch and go and not an easy game with a low score by Shotley Bridge on a damp wicket.

“We bowled well with Callum Storey phenomenal, and we have got to give him a lot of praise today.

“He was class down the bank and took six wickets as he bowled his 12 overs unchanged.

“Peter Finch also performed with distinction then Anirudh Singh, Craig Wood and myself did well in the middle.

“Shotley got off to a good start but we bounced back and had them on the back foot.

“There was some good fielding and good catches from the likes of Ben O’Brien in the gully, but it was another 100 per cent effort in the field.”

He added: “Anirudh has then struck a fantastic knock. He was solid and it’s great when you have a player who has scored close to a 1,000 league runs.

“On top of that we have had some good knocks from the top order with Neil Wood, Ben O’Brien, Jack Jessop and Simon Prudhoe featuring whilst Daniel Grant’s unbeaten 16 was also vital for us. He went in with the pressure on at 76-5 and really looked the part.”