Skipper feels luck was not with his side

ASHINGTON Cricket Club’s first XI skipper Michael Thewlis admitted that it was a bitter pill to swallow after his side had tumbled to a 43 runs defeat by Percy Main at St John’s Green on Saturday.

Thewlis said: “It’s hard not to be disappointed at the result.

“We’ve played well but had very little luck.

“Our opening bowlers beat the outside edge two and three times an over; we were unlucky with two decisions; and their batters managed to lob the ball up away from our fielders when on other days they go to hand.”

The Colliers were also hit in the field by an injury to Greg Williams, although the diminutive right hander played through the pain barrier in Ashington’s hour of need.

“Greg broke a finger during the game, and we had to field with ten men for the last 16 overs,” added Thewlis.

The skipper also applauded his bowlers for thier efforts.

He said: “Stephen Boyd again showed his class with a hostile opening spell, backed by a fantastically controlled demonstration of swing bowling by Craig Wood, who selflessly ran up the hill and into the wind.

“In addition, James Richards bowled unchanged for 15 overs, managed to reign them back and took four great wickets on his debut.

“Our bowlers stuck to their task again and, supported by our fielders, managed to restrict their batters to just over 200 when at one stage we were looking at chasing 250 plus.”

However, Thewlis is aware that his side will need to learn from the defeat in a batting sense.

“Jack Jessop showed great maturity in anchoring the innings with some excellent shots for a great 60,” he said.

“But we know we have some work to do when chasing down a score, knowing when to slowly accumulate runs and when to press on.

“We probably tried to force the game too early and paid the price for it.

“I’m not worried about that, because we are a very young batting side and are learning every week.”