ASHINGTON Cricket Club’s second XI skipper Martin Thewlis will stress the importance of Sunday’s Wellstream Northumberland and Tyneside Senior League B division cup final to his side and ask them to treat the event as the highlight of their season.
Thewlis takes his troops to Tynedale’s Priors Flat ground in Hexham where they must wait to find out their opponents with the delayed semi-final between Annfield Plain and Ponteland being staged beforehand at noon.
However, Thewlis would be delighted to lead his outfit to success.
“Last year the club didn’t win anything – which was the first time since the league was launched in 2000,” he said.
“There was nothing for us to collect on presentation night, so it’s a nice situation on Sunday where we will have the opportunity to try and claim some silverware.”
Thewlis believes whichever side Ashington face will be a ‘difficult’ encounter, but he is confident about his own squad.
“Whether it be Annfield Plain or Ponteland it is going to be a difficult game,” he said.
“Ponteland have a tight bowling unit and some aggressive batters whilst Annfield Plain are the only team to beat us in the league this season.
“But in 20 overs cricket it only needs one or two batters to come off to change a game.”
Both Ashington matches were washed out last weekend – the firsts were scheduled to be away at Seaton Burn and the seconds at home to Shotley Bridge.
And in view of his side having played only a limited amount of cricket this season, Thewlis is looking for a behind-closed-doors friendly this week.
“I’m hoping to be able to arrange something to serve as a dress rehearsal for Sunday – but if that does not materialise then Saturday’s away game at Percy Main would then take on extra significance,” he said.
“We have had such a fractured season with 12 league matches out of 19 being called off and whereby any cup success would normally be the icing on the cake to compliment the league programme, Sunday’s cup final will become the highlight of our campaign.
“Our last outing was in the semi-final clash against Sacriston at Langwell Crescent when we won an exciting match with four balls to spare, so we will go into the final full of confidence.”
Ashington have announced the following side: Martin Thewlis (capt), Dale Ross, Scott Dunn, Matty Storey, Matty Collins, Matty Potts, Dougie Potts, Steve Williams, Andrew Heatherington, James Lovat and James Richards.