Prudhoe delighted with first 50 of the season

Simon Prudhoe was delighted to score his first half century of the season in Ashington’s eight wickets success over Ponteland at Callerton Lane on Saturday.

The 34-year-old left hander admitted the knock had seen him return to his best form whilst he also acknowledged the performances of his team-mates.

Prudhoe said: “I’m hoping to kick on from this. It’s nice to be involved and to contribute to the team, and of course to win games.

“I haven’t batted as much this season as I have in recent years, but credit to the lads who have played so well since the start of the season.

“It was a good ball which bowled me at Swalwell, then against Shotley Bridge I thought I did well.

“On Saturday on a flat wicket at Ponteland, the ball was coming onto the bat nicely. I felt my timing was OK and I was more fluent, and it was more like the Simon Prudhoe of old.”

Meanwhile skipper Greg Williams was beaming with delight after his side moved up to third place in the table.

“Not surprisingly, I lost the toss yet again, which has turned into a weekly habit,” he said.

“I would have batted because the wicket looked as if it was going to break up in the second half.

“But it turned out to be a good toss to lose. We started poorly as they got off to a flyer. We took the pace off the ball withdrawing Callum Storey and Craig Wood out of the attack and putting the two spinners (Paul Rutherford and Ani Singh) on who pegged things back a little bit.

“We then picked up a couple of wickets and after the openers departed we went through the rest of the order.

“There were a couple of dropped catches but other than that I felt we fielded well, and Paul, Ani and Matty Storey all performed well with the ball.

“Ani started well when we batted then he got a delivery which didn’t get up very much and was out lbw, which left us with 80-plus to get with eight wickets in hand.

“But Ben O’Brien and Simon Prudhoe produced class knocks and it was a comprehensive win.

“The defeat by Swalwell was the kick up the backside we needed and I think we have bounced back from it tremendously well.

“We are going to have nice selection problems over the next few weeks.

“The first XI are that strong at the moment, the second team are doing so well, and I’m happy that we have got players knocking on the door for a place in the side.”