Ashington Cricket Club’s first XI skipper Ben Harmison said his side showed ‘a lack of fight’ in the wake of their first defeat of the season at the hands of Lanchester at Langwell Crescent on Saturday.
And a seething Harmison – who pulled no punches – added that the fielding and batting from the Mighty Acorns was “terrible”.
He said: “I won the toss and we put Lanchester under pressure. We had them 30-3 and it should have been 30-4 but we somehow let them get 200.
“We lost things in the field where we again dropped catches and missed chances.
“I don’t know if that stemmed from the fact that we haven’t been tested this year.
“We have been beating teams and perhaps thinking we just need to turn up to get a win, but Lanchester are not like that – they are a decent side.”
He continued: “After being 97-5 they stuck in, and that’s what the game is about. They accumulated runs and got to 200 and at the end even had wickets in hand so they could have a ‘dip’ – and it paid off as a couple of their lads got 40s.
“Once you get 200 on the board you are ‘bubbly’ and come out for the second innings making things uncomfortable for the opposition, and we didn’t like it.
“I don’t think one of our lads got out to a good ball, everyone just gave their wickets away through a lack of commitment and application.
“Our batting and fielding was terrible and there was a lack of fight from everyone.”
Harmison is not sure that the defeat has served as a warning to his side.
“To be honest, we got our wake-up call in the first game at Percy Main where we won by two wickets,” he said.
“In this league you cannot afford a wake-up call. We have had one game rained off and after losing today, it puts us miles behind the leaders.
“If it is a wake-up call, it has probably come too late because even if we win at Shotley Bridge on Saturday we will still be a game behind them.
“Teams who win the league go through the season unbeaten and that’s what I thought we would have done, but now we cannot afford to lose another game.
“At half-time I thought we could win the game and it’s disappointing because I didn’t see that performance coming at all.
“I’ve been saying all season that at least one of our batsmen has got to go out and get a match-winning score, and it didn’t materialise again.”