Greg finding plenty of positives from season

Greg Williams-new Ashington Cricket captain.
Greg Williams-new Ashington Cricket captain.

ASHINGTON Cricket Club’s first XI skipper Greg Williams took time out at the weekend to reflect on a season where the Langwell Crescent outfit finished fourth in the Wellstream Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League Division A2 table.

Williams, 33, had stressed all along that the club would take promotion should they finish in the top two – but if they failed in their bid, then it would not be a major issue

He said: “I think overall we could have done a lot better but there were plenty of positives for us to take throughout a rain affected season.

“The major plusses were the performances of the youngsters like Callum Storey, who bowled well, and Matty Collins, who when he came into the first team looked the part.

“Batsman Andrew Gray was another who came through well with a couple of good scores in a stop-start season where we only ever played three or four games in a row.”

Neil Wood and Simon Prudhoe also came in for special mention amongst performances from the experienced players with Williams himself contributing with three half centuries.

“I was happy with the way the season went but it was stop start for much of the campaign,” he added.

“We lost games to sides whose professional came off against us, like at Alnwick when Michael Threlfall got a century and at home to Backworth when Anirudh Singh struck a ton, but on the other hand we still won matches even if the opposition’s pro did well, as in the home match against Benwell & Walbottle where Hassan Raza hit 106 but we won off the second last ball.

“There is a great atmosphere and team spirit in the dressing room and even when we had six regulars missing against Ryton – who were the champions – we took the game to the death before narrowly going down to defeat.”

Williams and his squad will now take a few months off before commencing with fitness work prior to Christmas then look to start net sessions next March.

However, after his first campaign as skipper at senior level, Williams is ready to stand for a second term as captain.

“It’s not as easy a job as people think but I’ve really enjoyed it and I’ll be putting my name forward for the post again,” he said.

Meanwhile the Ian Appleby Cup final, which was scheduled to have taken place at Langwell Crescent last Saturday between Ashington 3rd XI and Tynemouth 3rd XI, was postponed.