Ashington Cricket Club’s first XI skipper Greg Williams will ask his squad for two more inspiring performances as the curtain on the 2014 season is ready to come down.
But after brushing Consett aside on Saturday by inflicting a crushing victory by eight wickets, Williams waxed lyrical about how the Langwell Crescent outfit could so easily have been fighting it out with leaders Tynedale and Shotley Bridge for the coveted crown had things gone there way.
“At this stage of the season for us to be in the top five is a fantastic achievement,” he said.
“And to be in the reckoning to win the league up until last week is more than we ever thought.
“Now we will look to win our last two games and see where we finish – but whatever position we secure, we will look back on what has been an unbelievable season.”
After routing Consett for 83, Williams hailed another good performance.
“I won the toss and put them in,” he said.
“The pitch had been covered but a little bit of water had got underneath and made it a bit damp.
“We knew Consett would be without Gareth Breese who was playing for Durham, but nevertheless we bowled really well and tight from the start tight through Callum Storey and Craig Wood, then change bowlers Peter Finch and Anirudh Singh also picked up wickets in what was a perfect fielding and bowling display.”
Singh then marched to an unbeaten 58 as the hosts wrapped up victory.
“Chasing around 120-130 may have been a challenge,” added Williams.
“But Anirudh (Singh) dominated by taking the game to them and although we lost Neil Wood and Simon Prudhoe, the result was never in doubt.”