Ashington Cricket Club’s first XI skipper Greg Williams acknowledged that a terrific knock of 141 from Swalwell opener Chris Hewison had proved to be the difference as his side lost narrowly on Saturday.
But nevertheless Williams praised the spirit shown by his side after the last over defeat at Derwenthaugh Park on Saturday.
Williams said: “I’m naturally disappointed. We had a great first half and I couldn’t have asked for anything more after the lads had piled 260 runs on the board with cracking knocks from Anirudh Singh, Simon Prudhoe and Neil Wood.
“I thought we batted well on a good track against a good bowling attack, so it was a top effort.
“We got a great start by removing Lloyd Anderson in the first over, but you can’t take anything away from Hewison – it was just an unbelievable and quality knock which took the game away from us.”
The home side required 45 to win when Hewison eventually succumbed, which led to a quick flurry of wickets, and Williams added: “We hit back really hard and showed great spirit – the spirit which we have had all season.
“I thought Swalwell were a bit worried at one point but it just wasn’t to be our day.
“We weren’t outclassed – the one knock by Hewison being the only difference between us second half.”