Ashington Cricket Club skipper Greg Williams hailed a ‘faultless’ team performance from his side after they had picked up another 20 points maximum against Percy Main on Saturday.
The homesters who were 82-2 at one stage, capitulated alarmingly to be shot out for 95 – and Williams acknowledged breathtaking catches in the field when he said: “Our fielding overall today was phenomenal – but the standard of the catching was fantastic and Callum Storey and Ben O’Brien have pouched two of the best I have ever seen on a cricket field.”
He continued: “I lost the toss and they put us in but I thought we got the best out of the wicket to be perfectly honest because it was a bit damp and the ball came through onto the bat.
“It certainly wasn’t easy and was a grafters wicket. I set the lads a target of 150 so to finish with 205 off 42 overs was a class effort and we witnessed some great batting performances.
“Ani Singh battled all the way through for 69 - then some good and clean hitting at the end from O’Brien and Stephen Boyd was the difference between us scoring 140 and 205.”
He added: “We got a wicket with the first ball then Percy Main brought themselves into the game with Barry Stewart and Mitch Reid batting well to put them into a good position.
“At the same time they were only scoring at three an over so they were going to have to push hard on a difficult wicket.
“We got Stewart not long after drinks and they just folded from there. The introduction of Paul Rutherford proved influential as he took the pace off the ball and was hard to get away.
“The ball spun a bit and batting wasn’t easy – but from a skippers perspective, it was a faultless all round performance from the lads and I’m really delighted.”