Williams admits Ashington deserved nothing

Ashington Cricket Club’s first XI skipper Greg Williams could not hide his disappointment after his side had lost the leadership of the A1 division on Saturday.

Swalwell overtook them following their seven-wicket triumph at Langwell Crescent.

At one stage as if the Colliers may come out of the contest pointless, but late in the game they secured a solitary point with two wickets from Matty Collins.

Williams said afterwards: “One point is pretty much all we deserved. We certainly didn’t warrant any more as we didn’t adapt ourselves.

“It was disappointing but cricket can be a cruel game at times.”

The 36-year-old added: “I lost the toss and would have preferred to have bowled first as the ball was going to seam about with the wicket quite green due to the weather conditions we had during the week.

“I didn’t think it was a 75 all out track, but we lost a few wickets early doors and never recovered from it.

“I was always hoping one partnership would develop and make a difference as defending 120 to 130 would have made things interesting, but we got nowhere near that figure.

“We were never in the game really but at half-time we still had to back ourselves.

“Having only put 75 on the board, we were up against it straight away, but if we had taken three or four quick wickets who knows what might have happened.

“The bowlers had nothing to work with and it was just a disappointing day and one we clearly want to forget.”

Ashington, who as a result dropped to third in the table, go to the Spa this weekend to face second placed Shotley Bridge, who themselves slipped up after going down to Leadgate.

Williams said: “We have got to bounce back 100 per cent against them and I’m sure we are good enough to do that.

“As I said last week, we have never come out declaring that we are going to win the league, we basically said we wanted to be up there fighting for it.

“There is still a long way to go and hopefully we will still be in and around with the leading contenders at the end of the season.

“League titles are not won yet and we will just wait until the last game of the campaign and see who is sitting on the top and take things from there.”