Double success for Wood cricketing family

Ashington CC opener Neil Wood on his way to a half century in their eight-wicket win at Alnmouth & Lesbury CC. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
Ashington CC opener Neil Wood on his way to a half century in their eight-wicket win at Alnmouth & Lesbury CC. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com

The champagne corks were popping and the bubbly flowing in the Wood family on Saturday night after a day of double celebration in the cricketing calendar.

Mark Wood has been a breath of fresh air in the England camp as Durham’s Ashington-born right armer, who lives in Wansbeck, played a significant role as they wrapped up victory in the first Ashes Test match against Australia in Cardiff.

Wood’s emergence and impact has been nothing short of sensational with the 25-year-old constantly involved in the action whether it be with ball or bat.

However, 350 miles north and shortly after England’s win at the Swalec Stadium, Neil Wood, Mark’s uncle, completed his third half century of the season for the Colliers who triumphed over Alnmouth & Lesbury.

The long-serving 42-year-old, who featured in an opening stand of 136 with Anirudh Singh, deflected away from his own personal achievement.

He said: “It was a good pitch but slow and we fielded and bowled quite well.

“We have turned in some tremendous performances. Ani (Singh) is just out of this world and being at the opposite end of the wicket, he is great to watch because he makes everything look easy.”

As for his nephew Mark, left hander Neil added: “I’m pleased for him. He’s living the dream, got the skills, playing well and has a smile on his face.

“I think the progress he has made has been fantastic, but I’m not surprised. The rewards have come for the effort he has put in.

“Mark has had injuries but he’s worked hard to get himself fit, so what he has achieved so far is well deserved.

“The whole family are immensely proud of him. It’s a dream come true and long may it continue.”