Cricketers search for ‘complete performance'
Ashington Cricket Club’s first XI skipper Sean McCafferty was left frustrated on Saturday night after his side had claimed a winning draw against Gateshead Fell and added that the Mighty Acorns are still searching for ‘that complete performance,’ writes Brian Bennett.
For the second consecutive week, McCafferty declared the innings after 51 overs as his side – who had made a wobbly start – reached 215 thanks mainly to great knocks from Jack Jessop (72) and James Harmison (55). The game looked to be on course for a grand finale but with their score on 191, Gateshead Fell lost three wickets in the 51st over and batted out the remaining time.
McCafferty said: “When we batted, it was a frantic start for us and the ball seemed to be flying around everywhere on a difficult pitch. I would have put Gateshead Fell in to bat had I won the toss - and I don’t think the outcome would have been a draw. It’s a tough one to call because at one point it looked like we were on top then the left hander (Sam Roseby) got going for them (Gateshead Fell) and hit a few shots then we came back into it at the end.”
He continued: “The overall result – a winning draw for us - backed up even more that I’m not a fan of win, lose or draw cricket. I was proud of the lads especially how Cameron Skinner came back to perform near the end and we stuck in and we were great in the field with some good run outs and catches. All in all we cannot complain - but we are still searching for that complete performance.”
Match report page 53