Torrential rain during the early hours of Saturday morning made for an easy postponement of any cricket at Ashington’s Langwell Crescent.
Ashington’s first XI were due to host neighbours Morpeth in the A2 division of the Wellstream Northumberland and Tyneside Senior League.
On a day when the entire programme was washed out, it was frustrating for the Colliers who only the previous week had defeated previously unbeaten leaders Greenside.
But they now prepare for a debut clash against league newcomers and new table toppers Alnmouth & Lesbury on Saturday.
Ashington skipper Greg Williams said: “I had heard the weather forecast and hoped it would be wrong – but it never stopped raining and at the end of the day, there was no chance of the game going ahead against Morpeth.
“We had a stop-start campaign last season, and after being rained off on Saturday, I hope it is not going to be the same story.”
Williams, who welcomes Scott Dunn back into the Ashington squad for this weekend’s clash at The Wicket in Alnmouth Road, will be treading new ground.
“It’s a new venue for myself,” he said.
“I’m aware that Alnmouth have a good side, which includes ex-Ashington all rounder Paul Straker, and it will be a good challenge for us.”
Meanwhile Ashington seconds will be at home to Lanchester in the B1 division on Saturday.