Ashington Cricket Club’s first XI skipper Greg Williams labelled his sides crushing win by 149 runs over Ponteland on Saturday as being “another great performance.”
Williams looked on as his top order batsmen struggled early doors on a difficult wicket before Sean McCafferty and Ben Harmison got to grips with matters to feature in a stand of 118 for the fifth wicket.
The Colliers eventually ended on 234-7 and Williams acknowledged the contribution from the pair when he said: “I lost the toss and they put us in – but it turned out to be a good one to lose because we batted well on an awkward wicket.
“We got off to a shaky start – at one stage we were 70-4 - but Sean McCafferty and Ben Harmison were outstanding in the middle
“They batted with experience and didn’t go crazy but just pushed it around then put the bad ball away. They put us in a position where we scored over 230 on a track where we thought 150 was going to be a competitive total.
“Sean has batted well all season and it’s great he has scored his first hundred for Ashington – and what a day to achieve it when we were under pressure.
Ben’s innings was a good 40 plus but he also steadied McCafferty at the wicket and batted well himself and deserved to get a fifty.”
Spinners Ani Singh and Paul Rutherford then bagged four wickets each as Ponteland collapsed dramatically to 85 all out after making a good start: “Our ground fielding and catching was out of this world,” added Williams,
“We didn’t give Ponteland anything with a fine run out as well as holding onto some excellent catches.
“It was a great display and the catches from Ben Harmison and Ian Sharkey in particular were terrific.
“I wasn’t sure how the seamers were going to perform on the wicket because it was a tough pitch for them and they were not going to get much out of it.
“We had Paul Rutherford and Ani Singh in our back pocket and they were always going to be hard to get away.
“Not only that but the game turned when they were brought into the attack. All in all though, this was another great performance.”