The playing staff at Ashington Cricket Club were given the ultimate tribute at the weekend when chairman Bob Dunning described the summer’s campaign as the best season the Langwell Crescent club has ever had.
The Wansbeck outfit bagged six pieces of silverware in 2016.
The first, second and third elevens all won league titles whilst the firsts lifted two cups and the thirds one.
Dunning heaped praise on the entire squad.
“We used to play in a lot more cup competitions and win quite a few of them, but for overall performances from the first, second and third teams, the campaign just ended is by far the best this club has ever had.
“It is what we set out to achieve at the start of the season – only you never really expect to achieve all of your objectives, but I think we did this year.
“We had high hopes for the first team but the way the second and third teams have come through as well has just been fantastic, and the silverware was the icing on the cake.
“Not just that but the junior set up has improved and gone from strength to strength, so although the highlight is the three senior sides, success is right the way through the club.”
Ashington-born Dunning, whose playing career at the club began as an 11-year-old and spanned 40 years before his retirement, is coming to the end of his second year as chairman.
He added: “Off the field, things have gone well too, although you can always do better. It goes hand in hand with the success on the field.
“The club are in good spirits and when both teams have won on a Saturday night, the atmosphere is fantastic and that is reflected in the social side.”
The club had new outdoor nets installed earlier in the year and 63-year-old Dunning added: “The new facilities have been well used and well looked after to the extent that we now don’t have any grass nets, we just use the artificial nets, which have stood up well after a season.”
Dunning outlined his hopes for the 2017 campaign: “Next year there may be the option of promotion to the North East Premier League whereby the winners of our league [Go North East Northumberland & Tyneside Senior] would go into a play-off with one of the Durham leagues.
“I wouldn’t want to pre-empt the situation as I think the main objective is for our players to enjoy their cricket and to have another enjoyable and successful season.”