Ashington skipper Williams delighted on two fronts

Ashington Cricket Club’s first XI skipper Greg Williams was delighted on two fronts on Saturday after his outfit had brushed Percy Main aside in their latest challenge in the A1 division.

Williams was beaming following a third win in a row, but was equally upbeat as the Wansbeck outfit occupy third spot in the division.

The skipper stressed before the start of the campaign that it would be a tough league, and for the Colliers to match last year’s achievement as runners-up would be difficult.

However, he said after the 107-run success over the Villagers: “This was a good result. A couple of weeks before the start of the season, my prediction was for us to aim for a top four or five place – and so far we are on course.

“We will just keep going and see what comes from it.”

“We didn’t make a great start today as we lost both Neil Wood and Ani Singh to good deliveries, but from a tricky situation Jack Jessop and Ben O’Brien pulled it back around for us with two tremendous knocks.

“It was a great effort on their part and even though we didn’t have an extra push towards the end, I’d have backed ourselves to defend 240 at the start of game.”

“We made a slow start when we bowled our first couple of overs but it was a huge bonus for us when we got the big wicket of Barry Stewart.

“We then got another couple but the weather was always a worry with black clouds lurking at times, even when they were nine wickets down.

“We knew one heavy shower could take the game away from us but we got through and I’m very happy.”