Howzat – Ashington 2nds clinch the league title
The champagne corks were popping on Saturday night at Langwell Crescent after Ashington 2nds had clinched promotion after their first season in the Dukes ECB NE Premier League, division three.
And after they had secured a comprehensive 134 runs victory over Eppleton, skipper Josh Robinson could not conceal his delight.
The 27 year old said: “I’m ecstatic. We didn’t really expect to go up at the first time of asking in a new league which was tough but all of the lads have been brilliant and I’m pleased with the young players we brought in because they have excelled as well.
“We were way ahead at one point at the top but lost against Hetton Lyons which dented our progress a bit then we had games called off which allowed other teams to claw points back on us.”
Ashington-born Robinson continued: “We are a massive group here and full credit to the players and the first team lads as well, to Sean McCafferty and Stevie Williams who have had us organised all year.
“The next league above is going to be even tougher where we will meet teams like South Northumberland. They are an excellent side with a lot of their players on the cut for the first team - but for now, we’ll bask in this success.”
Ashington 1sts ended their debut season in the Dukes ECB NE Premier League first division in fourth place.
Playing their final game of the campaign away to Gateshead Fell, the Mighty Acorns were looking to go out on a high but suffered a 42 runs defeat.
The home side – who included former Test cricketers Graeme Onions and Marcus North in their side - had to win to give themselves any possible chance of avoiding the drop and they achieved their aim coupled with defeat by South Shields against Washington.
Gateshead batted first and put on 155-8 with Malik Javed on 55 not out.
Ashington lost Jack McCarthy for four but after losing Jack Jessop (34) and Sean McCafferty (25) still looked to be in a good position at 78-3. However, the innings drifted away with Onions (4-28) and North (4-3) as they were all out for 113.