Williams wants one final push from Ashington

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Ashington Cricket Club’s first XI skipper will ask his side for one final push when they take on title chasing Shotley Bridge at Langwell Crescent on Saturday.

Victory for the Colliers would cement third place and at the same time give them a slender chance of finishing as runners-up, whilst a win for Shotley would stoke up the battle for the destination of the title and leave them awaiting the outcome of the Tynedale v Swalwell clash at Hexham.

Williams said: “This is a massive game and we will be at full strength.

“The corresponding encounter at The Spa against Shotley represents the only game this term where we have been well beaten.

“We were outplayed with bat and ball and didn’t do ourselves justice, so it would be nice to redress the balance.

“The squad have performed magnificently on our return to the division and I’ll be asking the lads for one final push as a place in the top three would be fantastic.”

Meanwhile Williams was happy as his side wrapped up a seven wickets win over Ponteland on Saturday.

“I’ve had a terrible time this season with the spin of the coin and lost the toss again,” he said.

“They were missing a couple of players and the lad Anthony Quarrell got 69.

“We bowled well enough through Callum Storey, Anirudh Singh and Peter Finch, and I was happy to restrict them to 144.

“Chasing down that score you always fancy your chances, but if the target becomes 170-180, it could turn into a funny game.

“Neil Wood and Singh did well again at the start and the game was in the bag.

“Simon Prudhoe batted through with a good 20 in the middle and Jack Jessop and Ben O’Brien both played a few shots before the end, but all in all it was a good win.”