Ashington Cricket Club skipper Greg Williams was delighted by the ability of his side after they were forced to dig deep against Seaton Burn before recording their fifth win of the season.
Batting first, the Colliers were in a perilous position at 35-6 at one stage before Doug Potts and Williams performed a rescue mission.
Williams said: “I was disappointed to lose the toss as I would have liked us to have bowled first, but when we batted, we couldn’t have got off to a worse start to be honest and the wickets just kept falling.
“It was an awkward pitch early on and Seaton Burn had the right paced bowlers for that wicket – they were slow and the ball was ‘popping’ and I think our batsmen were getting found out.
“It was just stopping, and if you were going to hit the ball you just had to go right through it as any half shots were just lolloping up.
“Doug’s was a great knock and just what we needed, and with myself we just got things going.
“At one stage we thought 100 would have been a good score, but to double that and reach 204, I was overjoyed because it was a fantastic score in the end.”
The skipper commended bowlers Steve Harmison and Matty Storey, who took nine wickets between them.
“We didn’t do very well at the start,” he said.
“But Steve Harmison settled us down a bit, and when you have got someone like him in your armour, where he comes down the bank and with the wind behind him, teams are not going to score many runs off him.
“Matty Storey should take a lot of credit too. He hasn’t got much pace but he put the ball in the right areas and tied them up a little bit.
“Overall, considering the position we had been in earlier in the afternoon, I was delighted.”