Ashington Cricket Club vice-captain Scott Dunn – who stepped up to take over as skipper in the absence of Greg Williams on Saturday – was delighted with his team’s comeback win.
The Colliers were forced to overcome a bad start in their Go North East Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League against Ryton before running out convincing winners.
Dunn said afterwards: “We lost Neil Wood and Simon Prudhoe early in what was a rough start, but Anirudh Singh and Dan Grant pulled things back round and got us into a decent position.
“We kicked on from there with contributions from everybody in the middle order, including Jack Jessop and Ben O’Brien – the latter who struck a great unbeaten 77 - so I was really happy.”
He continued: “It was a great effort from the side to get to 241-7.
“We finished the last 25 overs really positively, pushing on for the final ten and Ben O’Brien timed his innings to perfection, which enabled us to get to a good score by the close.”
After Ryton professional Roald Badenhorst called the tune early doors, Dunn was also pleased following a double bowling change.
“Badenhorst was always going to be the danger man,” he said.
“And when they had 60 on the board, he must have had 45 of them.
“The double bowling change turned out to be a good move.
“Badenhorst was the key wicket to get and Craig Wood did the trick – even though it was difficult for him coming up the bank.
“Anirudh was excellent, but overall I was very happy with the bowlers.
“Wood did really well and Sonu Singh performed admirably in the closing stages.”
After successive maximum point victories, Dunn added: “I know we have just begun the season, but to be top of the league even at this stage is just fantastic.
“It’s been a good start – but we need to keep our feet on the ground and remain focused.”