Williams wants side to remain focused in promotion run-in

Ashington Cricket Club’s first XI skipper Greg Williams said his side must remain focused in the countdown towards the end of the season.

Ashington are in pole position, 25 points ahead of second placed Alnwick with six games remaining.

Williams, who played a leading role with the ball by taking four wickets in Saturday’s victory over neighbours Morpeth at Longhirst, said: “Hopefully we can keep winning and at the same time let other clubs worry about what they have to do.

“But it is vital that we keep focused.”

Meanwhile Williams could not find enough superlatives in his praise for Daniel Grant, whose unbeaten knock of 68 spearheaded Ashington’s charge to a ten wickets victory over Morpeth in a little over one hour.

“Daniel was unbelievable today,” he said.

“He showed what we have wanted from him for a while, but in all honesty, he has looked a class batsman in his last four or five innings.

“I promoted him to opener a few weeks ago and in my eyes he has proved himself without doubt.

“He played simple cricket with some superb shots.

“Neil Wood also did well. He is the one who usually smashes the ball, but today Daniel has taken that away from him.”

Williams won the toss and explained why he chose to bowl first: “The weather forecast was a bit changeable with showers and I thought it would be a better bet if we had a go at them and tried to bowl them out quickly,” he said.

“We got them out pretty cheaply but it took quite a few overs to achieve that, although I was happy with the bowling performance.

“It wasn’t an easy pitch to bowl on, it was very true and was a nice batting track, and to dismiss them for 95 was a good effort.

“The seamers, Callum (Storey) and Sonu (Singh) got us off to a flying start bowling tight, as they have done all season, and got a couple of early wickets.

“Morpeth had a little bit of a repair in the middle through Charles Anderson and Truscott, but then Chris Watson and myself broke a couple of partnerships and it just collapsed after that.”