Skipper delighted with Ashington display with bat and ball

Ashington skipper Greg Williams was more than happy on Saturday after his side had wrapped up another maximum points haul from their clash with Consett at Langwell Crescent.

Williams said: “It was a good track again and although I lost the toss and they put us in, I would have elected to have batted first in any case, so I was quite pleased.

“We got off to a good start with Neil Wood and Ani Singh sharing 70 for the opening wicket, which not only gave us a solid base but also put us in a good position.

“Ani returned to his best with one of the best innings I have seen because the wicket was doing quite a lot early doors with the ball seaming about.

“It was tough and certainly wasn’t easy, but the lads dug in and saw the opening bowlers off.

“It was a perfect build to an innings then Jack Jessop came in and produced a class knock.

“We kept wickets in hand and everyone chipped in at the end, which made the difference between us reaching 240 and almost 280.

“It was a 250-wicket so I was pleased with our end total.

“Consett were always going to come at us hard because Mansoor went after it and got to 30 in a crack.

“We pulled it back a little bit through Stephen Boyd, who bowled a tremendous seven overs spell up the bank, and also with the introduction of Paul Rutherford.

“We kept the pressure on and in the end won after a good performance with both bat and ball.”