Wiliams hails Ashington’s perfect start to cricket season

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Ashington Cricket Club’s first XI skipper Greg Williams described his side’s victory over Lanchester on Saturday as being the perfect start to their new season.

The Colliers – back in the A1 division of the newly named Go North East Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League after going up as champions last season – ran out convincing winners by a 69 runs margin.

Williams said: “It was a perfect start for us. “We were put into bat whereas I probably would have elected to bowl, but it was a good toss to lose in the end.

“Neil Wood and Simon Prudhoe knuckled down and got us off to a good start, which was cemented by Jack Jessop who came in at four and built up a quality innings.

“Jack and Neil put us in a good position then after we went through a sticky patch and lost a quick couple of wickets, we could easily have ended up with 140.

“But we have got a good batting side this season – one which bats right the way down the order – and to get 199 on that wicket was a superb effort.”

Williams heaped praise on opening bowler Callum Storey, who cut through the Lanchester order like a knife through butter, taking five wickets inside his first five overs for only four runs.

“Callum was fantastic,” said Williams.

“Out on the field we didn’t realise he had taken a hat-trick because he got a wicket with the last ball of one over then two wickets in two deliveries at the start of his next.”

Williams was delighted that with the dark clouds lurking in the distance his side completed their task.

“We had them on the ropes at 18-5 when the rain interrupted the game,” he said.

“To be honest, it came at a bad time for us, but after resuming, we got another couple of wickets not long after.

“We then went through the motions a little bit through the middle of the innings where we just sat back, but we switched on again when needed because it was coming in a little dark and we thought there could be a chance that the game may not get finished.”

He continued: “Lanchester are not a bad side and when Les and Kev Dixon were together, they could have pulled off a victory for their team, because all it would have taken was a couple of bad overs from us.

“They were batting well and could have pulled their side back into the contest, but we then took wickets at the right time.

“The overall performance was terrific, the batters scored runs and the bowlers took wickets, what more could I have asked for?”