Bedlington Cricket Club’s first XI have been dealt an untimely blow with skipper Sean McCafferty ruled out for the rest of the summer.
He picked up a serious injury whilst playing football.
McCafferty, a goalkeeper, recently joined FA Vase winners North Shields, but in a pre-season fixture against Spennymoor last week he was stretchered off and later diagnosed with a broken ankle.
He said: “I received a back pass and when I cleared the bal I lost my balance and went over on the side of my ankle.
“I knew straight away that things were not right but remained hopeful that it would get better, but to no avail.
“During my career I’ve had bits and pieces of injuries, but this is the first time where I have suffered a blow like this.”
The 24-year-old, a process engineer for Opsul UK in Cramlington, added: “I went to see the physiotherapist who recommended that I go to hospital for an X-ray which revealed that I had broken my ankle in two places.
“I’ve got to wear a boot for four weeks, but I imagine if all goes to plan, I’ll then have two to three weeks of physio and be OK.
“I’m out for the remainder of the cricket campaign, which is a major disappointment because all year I have felt good batting wise.
“I am totally frustrated because I am not a good watcher but accept that these things happen.
“The injury also means that I will miss the start of the football season, which I had been looking forward too.”