Ashington Cricket Club’s first XI skipper Greg Williams described the manner of his side’s defeat at Tynedale on Saturday as being a day to forget.
The Colliers – who went into the contest holding a ten-point advantage as league leaders – restricted the Hexham side to 146.
But in reply they suffered a severe batting collapse and were shot out for a paltry 48.
Tynedale as a result took over in pole position with the Colliers now one of three clubs tucked five points behind.
A shell-shocked Williams said: “Neil Wood got a good ball from Richard Darling, who bowls well to left handers, then after that a few of the players lacked a bit of responsibility.
“We saw what the pitch did first half didn’t bat accordingly in the second half, and it was disappointing to lose wickets the way we did.”
He continued: “The pitch was slow and soft and the ball just didn’t come through.
“We’ve basically lost the game in an over when David Newton has got a hat-trick, ripping out our middle order, and the way we have been batting in other games, for that to happen today on a decent enough wicket was massively disappointing.”
Ashington had the hosts 66-6, but Williams was nevertheless content after the first half.
“We couldn’t grumble first half – even though at one point it looked as if we were going to bowl them out for under 100,” he said.
“On a small ground with a fast outfield, I thought we still did well to limit them to 146.
Anirudh Singh was quality as he hardly conceded a run, Callum Storey was again class, bowling really well, but Craig Wood and Peter Finch also performed with the ball as every one chipped in and the players fielded well and did themselves proud.”
Looking ahead to Saturday’s clash against Annfield Plain at Langwell Crescent, Williams said: “This defeat has given us as a kick up the backside and we need to learn from this experience over the next couple of weeks.
“We have another big game this Saturday so we will be looking to bounce back.
“Clearly this was a day to forget – which is exactly what I told the rest of the players afterwards.”