Defeat was a bitter pill to swallow – Ashington skipper Williams

Ashington Cricket Club’s first XI skipper Greg Williams admitted that defeat in the A1 division cup final to Swalwell from the last ball of the game was a bitter pill to swallow.

Williams said afterwards: “Defeat was hard to take as we came so close but it was a great effort from the lads to pull us back into the contest and make a game out of it in the end.”

He continued: “We batted well and I thought a total of 130 would have been a competitive score so when we finished with 142, I was chuffed. Jack Jessop held the innings together batting through at a run a ball; Ben O’Brien’s knock was excellent then Stephen Boyd’s quick fire 20 took us to a good score.”

He went on: “I didn’t think our performance with the ball was too bad – Swalwell came at us and they have got some good batters in their side.

“The game was away from us when we got the wicket of Chris Hewison but it nevertheless gave us a massive boost which made it nervous for them.

“In a tight finish, I think you are better off being the batting team.

“It’s an awful situation when you are the bowling side because if you make the slightest fumble in the field you are out of the game.

“Matty Storey brought us back into it with a few tight overs but the overall feeling in the camp is one of huge disappointment.”