ASHINGTON Cricket Club first XI skipper Michael Thewlis admitted after his side had been shot out for 85 against Sacriston on Saturday that they were fortunate to collect the mandatory five points for a game being abandoned.
Thewlis said: “With the exception of Stephen Boyd and Daniel Grant, we did not bat well and struggled to put meaningful partnerships together.
“To be fair, Sacriston bowled well, but in the end we have done well to come away from this game with five points.
“The wicket was quite worn and I would have chosen to bat.
“We struggled on a hard wicket and Melvyn (Betts) is still a good bowler, as is Australian professional Kendal Ballard.
“They bowled full and straight and got their just rewards.
“I was really disappointed because we did not apply ourselves, but you don’t want to take anything from their attack, who bowled really well.”