Ashington Cricket Club’s first XI skipper Greg Williams admitted that his bowlers did not perform with the same panache as the batsmen as Tynemouth lifted the Bobby Smithson Northumberland County Cup following a run feast on Sunday.
However, a downbeat Williams nevertheless praised his outfit, who had toppled senior status sides along the way.
And he is adamant that they will bounce back from the disappointment when they face table toppers Tynedale in their League clash at Langwell Crescent on Saturday.
Williams said: “We are all massively disappointed. I won the toss for a change and decided to bat, and I don’t think we could have played the first half any better. It was perfect.
“Neil Wood, Jack Jessop and Ben O’Brien got us off to a flier, keeping things going all the way through, and I thought we batted fantastically and I couldn’t have asked for anything more.”
Tynemouth’s Matty Brown then destroyed the Ashington attack with a 27 ball knock of 72.
“We just didn’t bowl well and the first six overs cost us the game over the 20,” added Williams.
“They came at us hard and put the ball away when it was there so take nothing away from them.
“We bowled too short and paid the penalty. You know you haven’t done the business with the ball when you are 20 runs short after scoring 175, but I’ve told the lads that they got through to the final of a cup which is normally dominated by teams in the premier league and I’m proud of them all – not just the ones who have played today but the others who have performed throughout the competition.
“We have beat some good teams along the way – including South Northumberland and Tynedale last week – to get through to the final, and the lads deserve some credit for beating a premier league team and a side at the top of our league.”
He continued: “Tynemouth have won it a lot easier today than they thought they would,, but at least we gave them a game of cricket at the end of the day and I’m sure there hearts would have been beating a little bit after the first half.
“We fielded well, to be fair, but didn’t do ourselves justice with the ball.
“It was a day to forget but hopefully we will respond in the right way on Saturday.”