Williams delighted with Ashington’s response to Swalwell defeat

Ashington Cricket Club’s first XI skipper Greg Williams saw his side return to winning ways against Shotley Bridge on Saturday following their capitulation and 158 runs hammering by Swalwell seven days earlier.

Williams said: “After last week’s performance we bounced back in the way I expected and I’m thrilled to bits.

“We had a bit of a chat before the game and talked about not doing ourselves justice with either the ball or the bat at Swalwell, and it was a bit of a kick-up the backside which we needed.

“We knew we had to give 100 per cent in all departments and we did just that. It was a fabulous win.

“I lost the toss yet again, but I’m quite happy to do that if we are going to win games against teams of the calibre of Shotley Bridge.

“I thought we bowled really well even though they didn’t lose a wicket and had a few runs on the board.

“Our heads could have gone down quite easily but we stuck to our task and it was a great effort.

“Matty Collins and Craig Wood bowled opening spells with the former only conceding three runs in his whole stint of seven overs down the bank.

“The two spinners (Ani Singh and Paul Rutherford) came into the attack and tied things down and then a tremendous spell from Matty Storey followed.

“Originally he was just going to bowl a few overs for us, but he took four wickets and deserved another in my opinion, which would have made it a nap hand.

“In the end I was delighted with our effort because I thought at one stage we were looking to chase 200-plus on that wicket, and on a nice day too.

“In reply, we got off to a decent start through Ani (Singh) and Neil (Wood), who made things look easy before we got bogged down a little bit in the middle.

“It wasn’t an easy pitch but they bowled straight and in good areas, and it was difficult to get the ball away.

“It wasn’t bad batting, it was just that they bowled well.”

Williams showered praise on match-winning hero Ben O’Brien.

“Ben was class. He’s a pressure player and revels in situations like this,” he said.

“It brings the best out of him and he has done this on a couple of occasions already this season with big knocks at good times.

“After dropping down the table the previous week, it was good to get points on the board, and against a team who are going to be there or thereabouts for the league title come the end of the season.”