Ashington skipper Williams taking it one game at a time

Ashington Cricket Club's first XI skipper Greg Williams has urged caution over expectations after a blistering and emphatic start to the new Go North East Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League season.

Monday, 9th May 2016, 12:59 pm
Updated Monday, 9th May 2016, 2:01 pm
Ashington CC captain Greg Williams in action. Picture by Ian Appleby

The Colliers head the table with a maximum 60 points from their first three games.

But a cautious Williams said: “Make no mistake about it, our start has been brilliant, but I’m a great believer of taking one game at a time and have to admit I never worry about what other teams are doing, I let the rest worry about themselves.

“Our focus has got to be on our own performances and the lads have got to continue to give 100 per cent in an effort to get a win every week, but there are a lot of good teams and it’s too good of a league to get ahead of yourself.”

For the third consecutive time, Williams won the toss on Saturday at Langwell Crescent where Annfield Plain were the opposition.

“It looked like a good wicket to bat on first,” he said.

“It was a decent day weather wise, plus we haven’t had to bat much in our first two games, so it was a no brainer.

“The scoreboard said it all really and the pitch played really well.

“We got off to a good start through Neil Wood and Ani Singh, then Jack Jessop did well after Neil was out.

“Ben O’Brien and Ani were great to watch in the middle session, batting really well with O’Brien judging his innings expertly whilst Ani was just class again.

“Annfield Plain would be glad to see the back of him [Ani] because I think that’s three or four hundreds in a row which he has scored against them.

“Sean McCafferty added an unbeaten 13 near the end and after looking to get 250 we achieved our target, so I was chuffed to bits.”

After an indifferent opening with the ball, Williams turned to spinner Ani Singh and Paul Rutherford for inspiration, and the move paid dividends.

He said: “We got off to a poor start bowling wise, we didn’t bowl very well early on and they got off to a flyer, scoring 68 off 13 overs with only one wicket down.

“Ani and Paul slowed the game down and the wickets came for us as they brought us right back into the game.

“We dominated from there on and they were never going to come back.

“Callum Storey returned to the attack at the half way stage and bowled quick and straight and also nipped a few batsmen out, but that’s three teams now who haven’t scored 130 against us, and on Saturday Ben Harmison was missing from our bowling attack, so it was a good effort.”