Ashington Cricket Club’s first XI skipper Greg Williams admitted after his side had reached the final of the A2 divisional League Cup last week that the Langwell Crescent outfit are on an upward trend.
The Colliers will meet neighbours Alnwick at Langwell Crescent on Friday, July 26, in the showpiece final following a narrow eight runs victory over Cowgate in midweek.
Williams said: “It’s a nice position to be in at the halfway stage of the season where we are well placed in the league, through to the final of one competition and still left in a couple more.
“It’s great to be looking at positives rather than negatives for a change, because over the past five years, first team wise we have not had much to shout about.
“Slowly but surely we are rebuilding. We have got a long way to go but we are heading in the right direction and will get there in the end.
“It might not be next year or the year after but we are certainly on an upward trend.”
Reflecting on the semi-final win over Cowgate, Williams said: “We thought anywhere near three figures would be a good score and we got 99.
“We then bowled and fielded really well taking our catches, and are naturally delighted with the result.”
Opener Scott Dunn struck the highest score of the evening with 31 as the Colliers were forced to graft hard for runs.
Williams hit 23 with Neil Wood (13) and Matty Storey (13 not out) the main contributors as the Wansbeck outfit reached 99-7 from their 20 overs.
The comparable scores at the halfway mark were almost identical but Ashington edged home in a nail biting finish with Steve Harmison (4-16), Callum Storey (2-30), Chris Watson (2-32) and Sonu Singh (1-11) sharing the wickets.