Ashington thirds clinch back to back titles

Ashington Cricket Club’s 3rd XI skipper Josh Robinson paid tribute to his outfit after they clinched back to back championship successes in the C Division of the Go North East Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League.

The 23-year-old was thrilled that the Colliers’ success, and with a cup quarter-final tie in the Ian Appleby Cup looming, he hopes they can go on to add more silverware before the end of the current campaign.

“I think we are the strongest team and I’m delighted that we have won it again,” he said.

“There is always a bit pressure on a team as you strive to do it again, but all the players have chipped in and played their part.”

Ashington’s scheduled game at home to Ponteland was called off on Thursday after the heavy and incessant rain, but they nevertheless clinched the crown when Benwell Hill beat title rivals Humshaugh, whom the Colliers play in their final league game of the campaign.

Meanwhile Robinson is hoping to be fit as his side look to reach the semi-finals of the cup with a clash against Benwell Hill at a date yet to be decided.

“I fractured a finger taking a catch in the second XI’s win over Swalwell as they won the B1 trophy recently and had to have surgery the following day,” he said.

“I’m on the road to recovery but it’s a wait and see situation.”