Thewlis praises team in defeat

ASHINGTON Cricket Club’s first XI skipper Michael Thewlis knows the stakes – his side must win both remaining games of the season against Swalwell and Shotley Bridge to have any possible chance of survival.

But Thewlis also conceded that his outfit came up against a Sacriston side on Saturday who showed why they went to the top of the division with a win over the Colliers.

Thewlis said: “Unfortunately we lost the toss on a wet wicket, but despite this our batters worked hard on a difficult surface and against good bowling.

“They didn’t rip through us and had to work hard for our wickets, which was really pleasing.

“However, a lot of us got starts but didn’t manage to go on and post the type of 50 plus score that would have given us a decent total.

“They showed why they are top of the league with a really impressive chase – given we were off the field four times – and although we bowled well, they attacked us and carried their luck to deservedly win.

“We are now down to the last two games knowing we must win them to have a chance to stay in the league.”