Williams praises his team’s effort

ASHINGTON Cricket Club’s first XI skipper Greg Williams described his side’s third win of the season as being a “good team performance”.

Following the four wickets victory over Whickham at a sunbaked Langwell Crescent, Williams said: “Everyone chipped in, in what was a good team performance.

“We suffered a massive blow 20 minutes before the start when Jonathan Sadler felt something go in his shoulder as he limbered up to bowl, and as the team sheet had been handed in to the umpires, and with the second XI already at Whickham, we had to go with what we had and he had to play.”

Williams – who lost the toss – thought his bowlers operated well on a good batting track.

“Whickham must have set their sights on scoring around 230,” he said.

“And although they ended with 190 and were still in with a shout, especially if they got a couple of early wickets, I reckon they must have been disappointed.

“The wicket was that good and the bowlers bowled well without much luck.”

Williams paid tribute to vice-captain Daniel Grant.

“We made a good start through Neil Wood and Andrew Gray and were flying until there was a break for drinks,” he said.

“A few balls after resuming we then lost wickets at bad times.

“We got the game back on occasions then Daniel steadied the ship.

“Whickham were bowling well and I was glad when we finished the game off before the end of the 49th over because it could have turned into a nightmare scenario.

“Daniel took five runs from three balls; Matty Storey was out but Surya Rathore drove his first ball for a straight six – and we were home.”

Williams continued: “This was the best I’ve seen Daniel bat. We all knew at the club that he was more than capable – it was a case of him proving it.

“We backed him giving him a batting slot up the order and he has shown that he fully deserves it.

“His first league 50 has been a long time coming but on his day he is as good a bat as anyone.”