Ashington let down by bowling – Williams

Ashington Cricket Club’s first XI skipper Greg Williams saw his side lose out for a second successive match following a four wickets defeat at Burnopfield on Saturday.

As a result the Colliers slipped down the league table to fifth.

But Williams is confident that his side can respond this weekend as they look to avoid an unwanted hat-trick.

The 34-year-old said he could not fault his side as they racked up 218 in a match reduced to 40 overs per side with Anirudh Singh leading the way with an impressive century.

Williams said: “It was a good toss to lose as I was undecided on what to do.

“I probably would have bowled first to be fair because it was soft and wet, but we batted fantastically well and I could not have asked for anything more.

“Certainly I could not have levelled any criticism.”

Pouring praise on Anirudh Singh, he added: “Anirudh and Neil Wood got us off to a great start then Jack Jessop came in at number three and batted really solidly.

“We got into good positions all the way through and set ourselves up nicely for the end – it was the perfect innings really, Anirudh was superb as he hit 113 – it was a class knock whilst Ben O’Brien chipped in with a good innings of 41 which boosted the total even further.”

Without being over confident, the skipper firmly believed that if the bowlers could deliver the goods, his side would be in with a good victory shout.

“I thought we had enough runs in the bank,” he said.

“We just had to perform well with the ball but unfortunately we did not bowl in the right areas.

“We conceded far too many deliveries which were either short or full tosses which went for four or six.

“Anirudh Singh bowled tight and Craig Wood had a good spell as well, but overall it was a disappointing day in the field and one to forget.

“Hopefully we can learn from it and move on as the season progresses.”

Ashington take on Alnmouth & Lesbury at Langwell Crescent on Saturday.

Williams added: “It is a big game for us as we go into it on the back of two defeats – but we will be looking to bounce back strongly that’s for sure.”