Club to help in search for next Steve Harmison

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ASHINGTON Cricket Club chairman Martin Thewlis has expressed his delight at the Langwell Crescent outfit being selected as one of six venues to host Durham County Cricket Club’s ‘Speedster’ challenge in the hope of unearthing a new Steve Harmison.

Ashington’s ground will be the focus of the attention for the second instalment, which has a 9am start on Saturday (June 9) – Gateshead Fell were due to open the event on Tuesday – with Sunderland, Annfield Plain, Brandon and Middlesbrough the others.

Thewlis said: “We are the only club in Northumberland to host the event and it is not only great for us but also giving local youngsters in our area the opportunity to be the next Steve Harmison.

“It puts players on the radar – maybe someone who has just started playing could be moulded into a star of the future.”

There are to be four age groups – under 15s; under 17s; under 19s and under 23s and Thewlis said: “The overall winner of all four age groups of the whole competition will then have the opportunity to train with the Durham Academy over the winter.”

Anyone interested should initially visit the Ashington Cricket Club website – www.pitchero.com/clubs/ashingtoncricketclub/ – for more details.

Meanwhile, spectators will also be welcome to attend on Saturday morning.