Williams feels his team did not do themselves justice

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ASHINGTON Cricket Club skipper Greg Williams admitted that his side “didn’t do themselves justice” after tasting defeat for the first time this season at Ponteland on Saturday.

A clearly disappointed Williams said: “We all know that we could have done better with our batting and we didn’t do ourselves justice.

“What was really disappointing was they didn’t get us out – we got ourselves out.”

Ashington were 17-4 in pursuit of 196 to win – but even at that stage, Williams believed his side had a chance: “I still thought we could get there or thereabouts,” he said, “you have got to back yourselves but we needed one or two to stay there and make good scores.”

The skipper also believed ‘Lady Luck’ deserted his side: “We didn’t have much luck on the day,” he said.

“Nothing went to hand – but we kept plugging away and pulling the innings back with wickets.

“At one point it looked as if they were going to make in the region of 230 when they were smacking the ball around – but we came back and I thought our bowlers did well restricting them to 195.”

He added: “Ponteland batted better than we did – they waited for the bad ball and punished us.”