Ashington get their victory before weather turns

Ashington Cricket Club skipper Greg Williams believed his side notched their victory against Annfield Plain at Langwell Crescent on Saturday just in the nick of time.

As rain clouds hovered and skirted menacingly around the ground, the Colliers gained maximum points to the relief of Williams.

He said: “I was starting to get a little bit worried with 15 overs to go because the weather was closing in and I heard that our second team’s game at Annfield Plain had been rained off.

“I thought we might get the wet weather too, but we just about timed it right because we would have struggled to get our full allocation of overs in.

Williams’ losing streak at the coin toss continued, but it left him unperturbed.

“I lost yet again and they put us in,” he said.

“But I was going to bat in any case so I was happy.

“The way we have played the past couple of weeks, we back ourselves batting to put a score on the board then defend it, and Ani Singh and Neil Wood got us off to a fantastic start.

“We had a wobble in the middle of the innings but we have got strength in depth when it comes to the batting, and after being a bit worried at one point we came through.

“Ani’s knock was tremendous. He had to knuckle down when we lost a couple of wickets to keep it all together, but it makes my job easy when you have someone in your side who has a cool head and who can manage the innings for you.

“Neil (Wood) was also good at the top of the order, then it was a massive knock by Dan Grant as he scored vital runs for us, and also because had we lost another wicket it could have been the difference between us getting 160 and 200.

“I thought at the start of the game 200 would be a winning score on that pitch and it would be hard work for Annfield Plain with our two spinners operating.”

He continued: “It was a good tight start from our two seamers (Callum Storey and Peter Finch) with only 20 runs coming off the first ten overs, although we only picked up the one wicket.

“Even so, Annfield Plain were up against it straight away on a slow pitch, and for them to get 190 off 40 overs was always going to be a big ask, especially against our spinners.

“I thought I might have brought Paul Rutherford on too early but things worked out well.

“After his first couple of overs, Paul settled in and it was a textbook piece of bowling from him to get the massive wicket of Neil Killeen where he lured him with a couple of floaters then pushed one ball through a little bit.

“In the field we dropped a couple of catches and there were a few miss fields, but on a cold day it’s hard work and overall it was a good effort and a fantastic 20 points for us.