Williams disappointed as Ashington go close

Ashington Cricket Club captain Greg Williams.
Ashington Cricket Club captain Greg Williams.

Ashington Cricket Club’s first XI skipper Greg Williams admitted at the that for the second year in succession, there was feeling of disappointment in the Langwell Crescent camp.

After finishing as runners-up in 2014, the Colliers finished this season third in the Go North East Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League table, again going close to winning the title.

Williams, captain for the last four seasons, said: “It was disappointing to get so close but at least we finished where we wanted to be, in the top three.

“The lads played really well all term, losing only four games in a good league, so it was a good effort, and if someone had offered us a top three spot before the start of season we would have taken it.”

The 36-year-old picked out a double over new champions Shotley Bridge as a highlight.

“Shotley went on to win league, but we beat them home and away in two good games of cricket and we were the better side,” he said.

Williams handed out special mentions to overseas player Anirudh Singh, vice-captain Ben O’Brien and Paul Ruhtherford.

“Ani was fantastic again, scoring over 1,000 league runs,” he said.

“Ben came on leaps and bounds and had a good season with the bat whilst Paul, in his first campaign back, gave us a massive lift and he too had a great summer.”

Williams concluded: “We will come back stronger next year. We are only going to get better.”