Williams makes promotion the season’s priority

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ASHINGTON Cricket Club skipper Greg Williams said at the weekend that the Langwell Crescent club’s main focus this season will be promotion to the A1 division of the Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League.

Williams, ready to embark on his second year in the role, said last term that if the club finished in a promotion place then they would take it – but the important issue was the development of the players.

Now he believes making the step up to the top flight is the priority as he prepares to lead his young fledglings in Saturday’s curtain-raiser away to Chopwell.

Seventeen-year-old all rounder Sonu Singh, a seam bowler and middle order batsman, is the only newcomer to the club after joining from Newcastle City, and he will make his debut.

Williams said: “We will be looking to push for promotion and in my opinion we are good enough to go up with the team we have got.

“It is still a youthful outfit but the lads have another season under their belts and everyone is looking forward to the start.

“Callum Storey, is studying at Nottingham Trent University but is returning home for games whilst Matty Collins has looked the part and has bowled well in the nets.

“We enjoyed some good indoor net sessions prior to being able to train outdoors – but all of the grounds are struggling due to the cold winter with the pitches being patchy.

“We are hoping that the weather will be kinder to us this year after it was a stop-start campaign last term, but all we can do is to keep our fingers firmly crossed.”