Good to bounce back – Williams

Ashington Cricket Club first XI skipper Greg Williams was delighted that his side bounced back with a six wickets victory over Greenside after having suffered their first defeat of the season at Backworth the previous week.

Williams – who won the toss and asked Greenside to take first strike – said: “The wicket had been covered all week but I thought the pitch may have done more.

“The ball swung and it was overcast conditions, which were great for us, plus in rain affected games I think it is best to bat second.”

The skipper complimented his bowling attack.

He added: “The lads bowled really well,. Stephen Harmison came down the bank to deliver 15 overs for 24 runs and Matty Collins had a great opening spell.

“We then just mixed the bowling up.

“Sonu Singh, who swings the ball quite a bit, came on and bowled a tremendous opening stint plus a good second spell, whilst James Richards played his part too, but overall I thought the seamers did well.

“I think if you contain a team to 150 like we have done today, you have got to fancy your chances of winning.

“Batting wise, we got off to a great start. Adam (Nichol) did what we wanted him to do – to bat long and properly – and he was a great partner for Neil Wood who was allowed to settle in and play some terrific shots.

“Really, we couldn’t have asked for a better opening than a 100-partnership, and it was disappointing to see Adam lose his wicket as I thought he deserved a 50.

“I thought the game was always in the bag and after the disappointment of losing at Backworth, it was a good bounce back.”