Freak injury forces ‘Freddy’ onto Ashington sidelines
Ashington Cricket Club seam bowler Graham Whitworth is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after picking up a freak injury in the seconds’ match at Washington last weekend.
The 35 year old – nicknamed ‘Freddy’ - was on his way into bowl when he felt a pain in his foot and early indications point to a torn achilles which is set to rule him out for three months.
Unbelievably, the long serving Whitworth suffered the same wrenched injury 14 years ago.
He said: “As I was running in to bowl, I felt a sharp pain in the back of the achilles. I immediately came off and went to A & E where they put a moon boot on.
"I have seen the specialist this week who sent me for an MRI scan and I’m just waiting for the results. However, it looks like a torn achilles.”
He continued: “Providing the scan shows nothing more serious (than a torn achilles), I’m still harbouring ambitions of getting back for the last fives games.
"Naturally I’m disappointed but more so because I had put a lot of work in to strengthen and condition my legs.”
Ashington-born Whitworth - who will wear the boot for a minimum of a month - added: “This is twice I have had this injury and apart from being frustrated, I also consider myself unlucky. However, we have a big squad and it will give an opportunity for someone else.”
Ashington seconds skipper Josh Robinson said: “It’s a big blow. Graham has been quite consistent over the last few years and is one of our main players. He’ll be a miss that’s for sure.”
*Meanwhile both Ashington’s matches at the weekend – against Willington and Tynemouth - were abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain.
This Saturday (May 15) Ashington firsts are away to Philadelphia in the North East Premier League Division 1, whilst the seconds play host to division two leaders Benwell Hill.
The recent spell of wet weather has also affected Ashington cricketers in their midweek practice sessions.
Another rain-off last week gave the players the opportunity to test their fitness levels in a session at the Wansbeck Riverside Country Park and thanks go to the coaches for putting the lads through their paces.