Ashington Cricket Club’s first XI skipper Greg Williams described his side’s latest success by five wickets over Percy Main on Saturday as being an ‘unbelievable win.’
However, Williams was quick to single out groundsman Mick Brown for extra special praise ahead of his players.
“Percy Main pushed us right to the wire in what was a good game of cricket,” he said afterwards,
“The rain affected the start but once again massive credit is due to Mick Brown for the work he put in to get the ground playable.
“He was up at the club at 11pm on the Friday to take the covers off to let the pitch dry out overnight and returned at 7am on Saturday morning to put several more hours in to ensure we had the best possible chance to get this game of cricket played.
“So before I talk about the players or the performance, we owe a huge debt to Mick as the game would not have gone ahead today had it not been for his labours over the past two days.”
However, Williams admitted that at one stage, he feared the game would still be called off as the dark clouds brought persistent rain.
“At first I thought it was just going to be a shower,” he added, “By 2.30pm I thought we had no chance of starting as it was still raining and the foot ends were really wet - then all of a sudden the clouds broke.
“I’ve got to say that the umpires were fantastic by telling us what we needed to do to get the game on.” Williams won the toss and said: “I was 50-50 with what decision to make because the pitch was bone dry under the covers but I was worried the rain might return so I thought we had more chance of picking points up by bowling first.
“We did well and with it being a decent pitch, I was quite happy that we kept them down to 150 – and in fairness, Percy Main batted well with Anthony Hornby and Andrew Green claiming good fifties.”
Williams then showered praise on McCafferty and Harmison: “At half time I was quite confident,” he said,
“We then found ourselves four wickets down again and in a sticky position but Sean [McCafferty] and Ben [Harmison] were absolutely outstanding.
They were under pressure and whilst it’s great for players to pull their side out of a hole once in a season, for them to do it twice in two weeks was phenomenal.
They ran well together and put the bad ball away and it culminated in an unbelievable win for us.”