Ashington Cricket Club’s first XI skipper Greg Williams described his side’s 71-run victory over Leadgate on Saturday as being their best team performance of the season.
Williams said: “After I lost the toss and we were put into bat, the lads stuck in on an uncomfortable sticky wicket.
“We got off to a reasonable start then lost a few wickets and got ourselves into a right tangle, which can happen on a pitch like that.
“At one stage we were looking at a target of between 120-130 as being a good score, but to finish with 184 was just out of this world.
“Maximum credit to Ben Harmison for a great and perfectly timed knock, and for him to bat through was just class, and praise too for Paul [Rutherford] and Callum [Storey], who gave Ben support.
“We would have settled for 200 at the start of the day, so from being 100-7, to finish up 16 short was a monumental effort.
“It was one of those situations where as a side you can have a bad day because the pitch isn’t easy to bat on, but at the end, we put Leadgate under pressure from the position they had us in.
“We said before we left the changing rooms that we had to play as if we were defending 120.
“We had to make them battle for every run, which is exactly what we did, and it was just a great fielding and bowling display.
“We also switched the bowling around nicely and mixed things up – but overall, this was without a doubt our best team performance of the season.
“Matty Collins has made it a day to remember on his recall to the first team after taking two massive wickets for us [Callum McCabe and Mohammad Sharif] in what was a good bowling spell whilst Callum, Paul, Ani [Singh] and Ben kept things tight as well.
“I recently said that we faced tricky fixtures away at Consett and Leadgate, and even though we won both, the games have proved to be two of our most challenging of the season.”
Meanwhile, Ashington have a full squad to select from for Saturday’s top of the table clash against Shotley Bridge at Langwell Crescent, and Williams said: “We will be treating this game just like any other.”