Williams highlights Backworth game as ‘massive’

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Ashington Cricket Club take on Wellstream Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League A2 division league leaders Backworth at Langwell Crescent on Saturday.

And skipper Greg Williams not only admits that the contest will be a massive game but also that his outfit are on a high after stringing together five successive wins.

Having wrapped up a 65-run victory over Cowgate at an Octagon ground bathed in warm sunshine last weekend, Williams applied some heat to the impending clash.

He said: “We have got some big games coming up including Backworth at home on Saturday, which will be massive, but we are playing some good cricket, are on a high at the moment, and we will take things as they come and see what happens.”

Reflecting on the win – and season’s double over Cowgate – the skipper added: “I won the toss for the first time in a couple of weeks, decided to bat, and I think it was the right decision because the pitch was always going to break up a little bit and get uneven second half.

“We got into good positions then slipped a little bit, but we pulled it back like we are capable of doing, and although I would have liked 220, overall I was happy with 191.”

However, Williams said he was ‘worried’ in the early stages as opener Syed Aslam, supported by Usman Mahroof, unleashed a succession of big hits off the bowling of Callum Storey and Sonu Singh.

“I thought after Callum had bowled Mohammed first ball that we would have rolled through them, but we didn’t,” he said.

“I was very worried early doors as Syed Aslam and Usman Mahroof hit the ball well – hats off to them – they smacked it at the start and it came off, although they were always going to give us chances and we took them.”

Williams was pleased with the response from Storey and Singh and also showered praise on several others in his squad.

“We could quite easily have taken Callum and Sonu out of the attack and brought Craig Wood and Chris Watson on, but they are young lads who need to learn – and they did,” he said.

“Chris Watson then came into the attack and was the pick of the bowlers.

“He not only turned the game around with some good bowling but he spun the ball a little bit on a good spinners pitch.

“Neil Wood and Scott Dunn got us off to a good start with the bat but Callum and Chris have won the game for us with the ball.

“It’s a good little buzz we have got in the camp as we are clicking at the moment – and long may it continue.”