Williams targeting top half finish for Colliers

Ashington Cricket Club captain Greg Williams.
Ashington Cricket Club captain Greg Williams.
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Ashington Cricket Club’s first XI skipper Greg Williams said his outfit have set the bar and are looking to ensure a finish in the top half of the Go North East Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League’s A1 division.

The Langwell Crescent outfit returned to the top flight after going up as champions of the A2 at the end of last season.

And so far they have won two of their opening five matches.

Two other games – including Saturday’s home clash with Annfield Plain – have been washed out due to the weather.

But Williams, who saw his side lose the leadership after a crushing 98-run defeat against Tynedale recently, believes his side have made a ‘good start’ to the campaign.

“Our aim is not just purely to survive in the division in our comeback season, we want to compete week in week out and if we can do that then we will be happy,” he said.

“We have set our aims to finish as high up the league as we can and are not purely looking at survival – we want to do far better than that.

“There are no easy games but I think it is fair to declare that it has been the start we had hoped for really.

“The Lanchester and Ryton matches were hard back to back victories, and even though we let ourselves down at Hexham against Tynedale after a good first half, we showed promise with two wins from midweek cup matches last week.”

The Colliers suffered their second washout in three weeks when Saturday’s first XI match at home to Annfield Plain was called off during the morning with the Langwell Crescent ground unfit.

“It’s totally frustrating,” said the skipper.

“When I went up to the ground at 8am it was wet and damp and weather-wise there was no sun or wind to dry things out.

“It was never going to dry out and consequently it was no surprise when it was deemed unplayable around 11am.

“The wicket had been covered but the remainder of the square, bowlers’ approach for new pitches and the outfield made it a non-starter.”

The seconds meanwhile travelled to Annfield Plain and got through 11 overs.

The home side were on 31 without loss when the rain came and the game never restarted.

This Saturday (May 31), the firsts are away to Burnopfield and name the same side which would have played against Annfield Plain with Sonu Singh returning in place of unavailable vice-captain Scott Dunn.

Ashington seconds are at home to Backworth.