Williams hails faultless Ashington performance

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Ashington Cricket Club’s first XI skipper Greg Williams described his team’s all round performance against Ryton as ‘faultless’.

The Colliers picked up maximum points with a massive 148 runs victory on Saturday.

Williams admitted that at one point he thought the rain was going to prove to be the only winner.

But he was pleased that a decision to call the game off was deferred by 30 minutes.

“I thought the rain was never going to stop at one point,” he said.

“But we decided to give things another half an hour, which has proved vital and been a good call because the game finished in brilliant sunshine.

“We picked up our maximum batting points, which was a fantastic achievement as I had visions of us possibly reaching 175 and getting four points, so maximum credit to Jack Jessop and Ben O’Brien for the way they performed whilst not taking anything away from Anirudh Singh who got a quick 40 plus.

“It was a great batting display and to score 211 from 33 overs on a wet pitch is a cracking effort.”

He continued: “It proved to be another good toss to lose, to be fair, when you look at the result with the ball coming onto the bat quite nicely.

“Neil Wood and Anirudh Singh got us off to a flier and although we lost a couple of wickets, we were always on top with Jack (Jessop) and Ben (O’Brien) both making superb knocks in the middle of the order.

“Our bowling and fielding was terrific – but I think we had to perform like that today because the rain was just around the corner.

“We had to take our catches and bowl well, and on both counts coupled with our batting, I thought the lads were faultless.

“We did concede the odd six and four but you are always going to do that when the opposition are chasing because everything which is loose they are going to try and put away.

“Matty Storey’s catch was quite astonishing and without doubt the best of the match, but Jack Jessop – out on the boundary – has got us a big wicket by pocketing the ball from Saleem Akhtar who was hitting quite well, and Ben O’Brien has taken a good one to finish the innings off.

“On reflection, when the rain was lashing down had the game been called off we were looking at picking up seven points, so to get all 20 was unbelievable.”