A lack of practice takes its toll on beaten Ashington side

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ASHINGTON skipper Greg Williams felt the recent bad weather had a telling effect on his side in Saturday’s defeat against Alnwick.

Williams said after the seven-wicket defeat: “It was disappointing. The bowlers got into no rhythm at all because we’ve hardly played a game and we’ve not been able to practice because of the weather – and I thought it was evident.

“Our total of 201 was a good score and I thought Alnwick would struggle second half, so it was disappointing.

“I thought the wicket played all right, it was low and slow but wasn’t easy.”

Williams, who won the toss and elected to bat, added: “The wicket didn’t do as much as we thought and we didn’t put the ball in the right places.

“Initially I thought 180 would have been a reasonable score, but we got ourselves into a good position and were looking at 220 at one stage, but even then I don’t think that would have been enough today.

“It was frustrating and I’m looking on the result as being a blip, but the season has been a non-starter to be fair.”

Of centurion Michael Threlfall, Williams added: “I was really impressed with him and it was a good effort scoring 124.”