It was smiles all round at Langwell Crescent when Ashington Cricket Club made their end of season presentations at the annual dinner held in the clubhouse on Saturday night.
And after having enjoyed a record breaking season where the club won six pieces of silverware, the biggest smiles were worn by Sean McCafferty, Scott Dunn and Jonny Storey who were announced as the Player’s Player of the Year for the first, second and third teams respectively.
In McCafferty’s case, the award was extra sweet as it came after his first season at the club.
The right hander hit 457 runs and averaged 42 as well as pocketing 16 catches in the outfield.
After a 15 year career as a professional in the sport with Durham and Kent, Ben Harmison celebrated his return to his home town club by receiving the first XI batting award with left arm spinner Paul Rutherford claiming the bowling trophy.
For the second XI, Scott Dunn scooped the batting award with Matty Potts lifting the bowling award and for the third XI,
Matty Storey took the batting award with Alex Storey bagging the bowling award.
All players were presented with league winners medals – the club winning the first, second and third divisions of the Go North East Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League as well as the firsts lifting two cups and the thirds, one. Scott Dunn; Sean McCafferty; Adam Nichol; Ben O’Brien; Ani Singh and Jonny Storey were recognised for scoring 100 or more runs in a match and Matty Collins; James Harmison; Ian Sharkey; Ani Singh; Callum Storey and Michael Thewlis for taking five or more wickets in a game.
Club chairman Bob Dunning presented the trophies and quipped: “I have got to say this – but on bonfire night as we reflect and celebrate on what has been a fantastic year, I think we produced fireworks all season!
“The players played the game in the right manner and the team spirit and club spirit was brilliant. But I would like to thank everyone at every level – including the sponsors, the committee and the bar staff.”
He continued: “The field at Langwell Crescent has never looked in better condition – and that is down to the unstinting hours of labour from Mick Brown and Arnie Gilholm – the latter who is our longest serving member at the club.”