No title talk in Ashington dressing room after a sixth win

Ashington Cricket Club captain Greg Williams.
Ashington Cricket Club captain Greg Williams.

Ashington continue to head the A1 division of the Go North East Northumberland and Tyneside League after securing their sixth consecutive victory of the season at a sunny Langwell Crescent ground on Saturday.

But even after his outfit had extended their 100 per cent record with a nine wickets success over Leadgate, Colliers skipper Greg Williams emphatically stressed that there is no title talk in the dressing room.

“Make no mistake about it, we could not have made a better start to the campaign,” he said.

“But there has been no discussion in our camp about the possibility us winning the league, and if someone were to mention it, I wouldn’t tolerate it.

“It’s far too early in the season with too many games of cricket left to play, and I’m a great believer in seeing where we are at the end of the season.

“As far as I’m concerned we will just keep trying to win games of cricket and see where we are placed.”

Consequently, Williams, in his fifth season in the role, has also refuted suggestions that the next two weeks, where his side face defending champions Shotley Bridge then Swalwell, will be pivotal.

“I have just told the lads that we will be approaching our next two games just like any other,” he added.

“We will not make too much of them because obviously we face both Shotley Bridge and Swalwell again at the back end of the season.

“We have got every other team in the league to worry about as there are no easy games in this division, and although we don’t fear anybody, we will look to continue to play positive cricket and take every week as it comes.

“I’m delighted with six wins on the trot and the lads have been fantastic.

“They have performed with the bat and ball all season and have made my job as captain very easy.”

Reflecting on Ashington’s latest success – a crushing win over Leadgate – Williams said: “We were class in every department and it was a terrific result.

“Callum [Storey], who took three early wickets, and Ben [Harmison] produced two great opening spells.

“Then Ian Sharkey, James Harmison and Ani Singh bowled well and with tight lines, which was supplemented by our fielding and catching.

“To be fair, we have been superb in the field every week and continued in the same vein, but to bowl the opposition out for 53 was a great effort and I couldn’t have asked for anything more.

“Batting wise the lads have still gone out and done the business in a professional manner.

“They were positive, which is the way we have played our cricket all season.”

Williams also gave plaudits to Sean McCafferty and James Harmison.

“Sean had a bat last week and has done again today,” he said.

“Jack Jessop was originally listed to come in at number three but stepped aside for Sean, who after joining us from Bedlington certainly looks the part.

“The inclusion of James meant we had another seamer in the side and he proved to be a great addition after bowling a superb spell down the bank.”