Williams realistic following Backworth defeat

ASHINGTON Cricket Club skipper Greg Williams admitted that defeat on Saturday against Backworth has probably put his side out of the promotion shake up.

Williams said after the nine runs reverse at Langwell Crescent: “We were rusty as this was our first game for three weeks and the result was disappointing.

“We got off to a good start but you can’t take anything away from Backworth professional Anirudh Singh’s century.

“I didn’t think we bowled too badly – I just thought they batted exceptionally well.”

Of his own side’s performance with the bat, Williams said: “We got off to a reasonable start but they had two good spinners in their armoury who tied us down for 20 overs in the middle, and I thought that was the difference as we didn’t come back from it.

“Near the end it was going to need a daft over and we just didn’t get it.

“If we had scored a 12 or 15 then who knows what might have happened as we only finished ten runs short of victory.”

The defeat – Ashington’s fourth in a rain affected season – will almost certainly see the Colliers remain in the A2 division next term – a proposition which would not leave Williams too unhappy.

“I’ve said all along that if promotion came then we would take it, but this campaign was all about the development of our players – and that still stands,” he said.

“We really need another season in this league and players are going to develop better in this division than in the A1.

“There are a couple of lads in the second XI who are going to push for places next term, so realistically from a club point of view, if we are in the hunt for promotion in a few years time, the timing would be just about right.”