Williams praises side as Ashington pick up maximum points

Ashington skipper Greg Williams praised his side following their two-wicket win over Lanchester at Langwell Crescent on Saturday.

Williams said: “I won the toss and put them into bat. It was a bit wet because a touch of water had got through the covers despite the hard work carried out by our groundsman Mick Brown the night before and on Saturday morning in order to get the game on. At one point I thought we were not going to get started.

“We bowled reasonably well and got off to a good opening with a couple of quick wickets from Callum Storey whilst Stephen Boyd bowled tight from the other end.

“Ani (Singh) came on to deliver his usual economical spell and Paul Rutherford picked up four wickets with the pair of them bowling well in tandem, and Callum Storey had a good finishing spell as well.

“Our ground fielding and catching was spot on again, as it had been in the cup final against Swalwell.

“We held some good catches and hit the stumps direct to claim the two run outs.

“In reply, we got off to a decent start. It was always going to be difficult on that wicket, but I just thought if we had got off to a flyer like having 50 to 60 without loss on the board with losing a wicket, it would have taken the game away from Lanchester.”

Williams was highly impressed by the match-winning ninth wicket stand of Singh and Rutherford.

He added: “Paul ‘Bob’ Rutherford is probably the best number ten batsman in the league and there was a lot of pressure on him when he entered the fray today, where Lanchester just needed to pick up a couple of wickets.

“He has supported Ani (Singh) who was class again. At 11am there was a possibility we might not have been able to stage a game of cricket so to get 20 points was a fantastic effort.”