‘Cool heads’ see Ashignton to win – Williams

Ashington CC captain Greg Williams. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
Ashington CC captain Greg Williams. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com

Ashington Cricket Club’s first XI skipper Greg Williams will ask his players to channel all of their thoughts on winning the final two games of the season.

Then see where they finish in the Go North East Northumberland & Tyneside League table.

For the second home game in a row, the Colliers kept their supporters on tenterhooks on Saturday before clinching a three-wicket success against defending champions Tynedale at Langwell Crescent.

Ashington now have two matches remaining – away to Consett this weekend followed by a home clash against Leadgate – and Williams will be asking for massive performances from his side who trail leaders Swalwell by 13 points.

“First and foremost, we have got to keep winning games of cricket,” he said.

“I have said all along that our aim from the outset was to finish in the top three.

“We are in that bracket and it would be more disappointing if we were to slip out of the leading trio.”

Reflecting on Saturday’s tense victory over old adversaries Tynedale, the skipper added: “Yet again I lost the toss and they batted on what looked like a decent pitch.

“The scorebook where we put them out for 76 says it all really.

“We bowled really well at the start with Callum Storey taking two wickets and Stephen Boyd three.

“The pair bowled tight with the wickets coming early on, and we got Tynedale’s top three in the first eight overs or so. But everyone who came on to bowl did well whilst we also fielded admirably and held our catches.”

“In reply, we got off to a decent start then Neil Wood was out. I think it was one of those days when chasing 77 to win, if we had been 30-0 we probably would have knocked them off with no bother.

“But with spinners Thomas Cant and Callum Barnes bowling really well, we lost a couple of wickets then threw a couple away and basically made a game out of it.

“However, at the end cool heads Michael Thewlis and Stephen Boyd saw us through what could have turned into an embarrassing chase for us.”