Williams feels his side could have beaten Tynedale

Ashington Cricket Club’s first XI skipper Greg Williams believed his side were still in with a victory shout against Tynedale on Saturday, even though they only posted a moderate score.

Incessant rain eventually brought the curtain down on proceedings with the hosts only facing 14 deliveries before the game was abandoned.

But Williams was upbeat about his side’s chances.

“I still thought we were in with a big shout even though we were only defending 165,” he said.

“There was a lot in what was a seamers wicket, and we had four seamers in our side. There was a lot of movement and not much in it for the spinners so I was quite confident of our chances.

“I was happy with the pitch in the couple of overs which we bowled and Callum Storey was never going to be easy to face on that strip.

“However, it wasn’t to be as we never got the chance due to the rain - and you cannot manage the weather.”

After wining the toss and electing to bat, Williams said his side had failed to show the necessary application after an excellent opening/

“If the track is looking good which it was I would always back ourselves to bat first,” he said.

“We got off to a good start then lost wickets at bad times. We pulled things back through a cracking knock from Neil Wood who was supported by Ben O’Brien but we just collapsed to be fair.

“On reflection, our innings developed into one of two halves – a good first 25 overs which after drinks was followed by a really poor last 15.

“Our final total was disappointing because we should have had 200 plus on the board, but we didn’t adapt ourselves.”