Ashington Cricket Club’s first XI skipper Greg Williams beamed with delight on Saturday after his side had recorded a second victory in succession following a seven wickets success over Tynedale at Hexham.
Williams said: “This was a good result for us because Prior’s Flat has sometimes been a bit of a bogey ground for us over the last few years, and whilst we have always have a good game of cricket against Tynedale, we’ve also had a few strange results.”
Williams again won the toss and elected to insert the home side.
“When I went to the middle, I thought it would be a good toss to lose because I didn’t know what to do,” he said.
“I managed to win it for the second time in two weeks, which is unheard of for me.
“The covers had been on for most of the week, and I was of the opinion that the team who bowled first were always going to get the most out of the pitch.
“We got off to a good start, bowling ten tight overs where Tynedale were going at a run an over.
“They didn’t lose a wicket, but they were finding it difficult because Ben [Harmison] and Callum [Storey] bowled two great opening spells.
“We got the breakthrough but they then got a bit of a partnership going until the spinners came on with Paul Rutherford and Ani Singh taking some vital wickets.
“We put them under pressure from ball one and our fielding was excellent again.
“There was no more rain forecast so the track was always going to get drier and better.”
He continued: “Our reply was a bit of a mirror image of last week where we lost Neil [Wood] and Ani [Singh] early on, and Tynedale were really up for it because we’ve had some low scoring games against them which have gone right to the wire.
“However Jack [Jessop] and Ben [O’Brien] were a calming influence and just like last week both were excellent with Jack unlucky to be out to a good catch at slip.”
Williams had words of praise for newcomer Sean McCafferty and teenage debutant Jack McCarthy – the latter who came in as wicketkeeper.
“Sean blasted a quick 20 and looked in good nick,” said Williams.
“Tynedale have got a good young team and when they had us 13-2, thought they were in with a sniff until we took the game away from them.
“Jack had a catch and a stumping and without a doubt is one for the future.
“He is great with the gloves as well as being a good batter and I was over the moon with his contribution.”