Bedlington Cricket Club captain Sean McCafferty said his side will keep fighting in their efforts to retain top flight status in the Go North East Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League.
Following Saturday’s crushing defeat against Ashington, the Hirst Head outfit are rooted at the basement, 50 points behind Ponteland and 75 adrift of third from bottom Consett.
However, McCafferty, who has ruled himself out for the rest of the campaign after sustaining a broken ankle, said: “Every week our chances are becoming slimmer, but we certainly have not given up hope and will keep fighting.
“We still have to play the teams around us, so who knows?
“On Saturday, the lads started off quite well for the first five or six overs, but once the first wicket fell we got into a hole and our innings just collapsed.
“We were then looking to get our score up to 120 and try to post a bit of a total to have a chance, but you don’t win many games when you only get 46.
“It was a below par display and the only plus point for us was when Craig Robinson, our long serving all rounder who took the wickets of Anirudh Singh and Neil Wood.”
McCafferty, who realised that victory for his side would be a big ask, added: “Unfortunately we had quite a few missing including Chris Younger who would have opened bowling and batted in the top four as well as myself.
“We knew Ashington would play aggressively when they went out to bat which meant we always had a chance to get a few wickets, but to try to win the game was a massive ask.
“All in all it was a very disappointing day for us, but we will certainly not be throwing in the towel.”