Not all doom and gloom

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ASHINGTON Cricket Club’s first XI skipper Michael Thewlis still genuinely believes his side can prise themselves away from the relegation door.

After Saturday’s defeat at Lanchester, Thewlis said: “We were all bitterly disappointed, but when you don’t win the toss in these games you tend to get the worst of the wicket and lose the match, and that’s exactly what happened.

“Daniel Grant batted well for his 39 and with a late flurry from Surya Rathore, we managed to get a pretty decent score considering the start we got.

“The pitch got easier to bat on as our innings progressed, but by that stage, we had lost seven wickets and had faced 25 of our 35 overs.

“So when they came in to bat the pitch had settled down a lot.

“However, it’s not all doom and gloom. There’s still more than a month of cricket to go – five more games to get ourselves out of this situation and I genuinely believe we can still do it.

“We’ll focus and work hard this week to be ready for Tynedale on Saturday.”