Cup victory lifts second team spirits

THE spirit is good in the Ashington second XI camp – thanks to some success in cup cricket.

The Colliers saw an incredible seventh league match out of nine fall foul of the elements on Saturday when they were scheduled to face Percy Main at Langwell Crescent.

Despite the lack of weekend action, skipper Martin Thewlis said: “To be honest, it’s like groundhog day every Saturday – but the players are accepting it with good grace.

“And the spirit is good as we have got a cup run going in the B division trophy, and last week we comfortably defeated Chopwell, which takes us into a semi-final home clash against Sacriston on Wednesday, July 4.

“Stuart Tiffin played his first game of the season for us against Chopwell whilst young Ian Sharkey, who missed all of last term through injury, came in and took a couple of wickets.”

As for his side’s inactivity in league matches, Thewlis said: “Everyone is straining at the leash – until a big band of high pressure and bank of rain descends over the north east, usually towards the end of the week.” B Division Cup quarter-final: Ashington: 161-2 (Martin Sexton 72 not out; Doug Potts 66.) Chopwell: 79-9 (James Lovatt 3-15; Trevor Christie 2-5; Ian Sharkey 2-21; James Richards 1-5; Josh Robinson 1-13.) Ashington won by 82 runs.

On Saturday, Ashington seconds are at home to Shotley Bridge.