Williams’ praise for youngster

Ashington CC's Adam Nichol.
Ashington CC's Adam Nichol.

ASHINGTON Cricket Club skipper Greg Williams refused to get carried away with his side’s third from top placing as the season approaches an exciting finale.

With five matches remaining, Ryton head the table with the Colliers 19 points behind second placed Consett.

But the Langwell Crescent club captain said he is looking at the long term following his side’s victory over Whickham on Saturday.

Williams said: “Hopefully, we will continue our winning ways and see where we are at the end of the season.

“I’m not really looking at the league table, it’s just nice to win games.

“It’s like I said a couple of months ago and nothing has changed – if promotion comes, then it comes, but for me it’s all about development and turning things round and getting us back to where we were maybe five or six years ago.

“It’s not going to happen overnight but we have got to keep working and developing the kids.”

Williams praised youngster Adam Nichol, pictured, who scored an unbeaten 29 in the win.

“Adam is a prime example of what I am saying about development,” added Williams.

“He is a young lad who has come through our ranks and who is coming on leaps and bounds – and there’s more of him to come.

“We know he’s got the potential and we gave him his chance today.

“He’s been batting seven or eight but we put him up the order and he’s taken it with both hands.

“We know he can do it, he’s looked good in the nets and is improving and is a keen cricketer.

“It was a great knock by Adam all the way through because it came at a vital time, and he has made a batting spot for himself in the team so it’s really pleasing.”

Of his side’s latest success, Williams said: “It was a great win and the lads are looking in good nick.

“Basically, we’re now playing loads of crickets and they are bowling well – Craig Wood and Callum Storey kept it nice and tight from the start then Graham ‘Freddie’ Whitworth came into the attack to produce his usual solid 15 overs in addition to the unflappable Michael Thewlis who has a calming influence in the middle of the innings.

“It was a good solid performance in the field and with the ball so I was over the moon with that.

“We knew we always had a lot of work to do even though we were chasing 145 to win.

“I thought the wicket may have been interesting second half, which it wasn’t to be fair and even though a couple kept low there was nothing dangerous.

“Neil Wood started well and crashed a few balls to the boundary, but we then lost wickets at bad times.

“Martin Sexton has also done well, and looking back we would not have won games like this last season, especially after losing a couple of early wickets because confidence was low.

“However, we’re booming at the minute and things are looking good, even though we made hard work of that win today.”