An opening day washout for Colliers’ cricket teams

RAIN proved to be the ultimate winner on the opening day of the cricket season as the whole of the Wellstream Northumberland and Tyneside League – with the exception of the Sacriston against Tynedale match which was later abandoned – made a soggy start.

Ashington – relegated from the top flight last term – began life in the A2 division and had high expectations that their game against Newcastle City would go ahead only to be scuppered at the last minute.

First eleven skipper Greg Williams said: “We thought it would dry out but there was no wind or sun and then it began to rain heavily for half an hour and in the end it was a formality to call it off.

“It would have been nice to have got the season under way but there is nothing you can do about it.”

On the plus side, the Colliers should be boosted this weekend by the return to the squad of batman Simon Prudhoe as well as opening bowler Craig Wood and Jonathan Sadler when they travel to face Consett on Saturday.

“All three would have missed the game had it gone ahead against Newcastle City,” added Williams.

“Craig is nursing a damaged shoulder and collar bone, an injury sustained in rugby, whilst Simon and Jonathan were unavailable.”