Rain dampens mood in Ashington camp

Rain wiped out Ashington Cricket Club’s top of the table clash against leaders Tynedale on Saturday.

And on the day weather was the only winner as all other matches in the Go North East Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League A1 division which started were later abandoned.

As a result, there was no change amongst the top four clubs with the third placed Colliers 14 points adrift of Tynedale with seven games remaining.

The Colliers match, which had attracted top billing, was called off late morning.

Head groundsman Michael Levison said: “The track itself was covered and fine but the square was saturated and there were puddles on the old wickets.

“The sun did get out at 2pm but it was always going to rain again and there was no chance that the game would have been completed.”

First XI skipper Greg Williams said: “We contacted Tynedale at 10am and told them we would give the ground another hour and a half and see what conditions were like – but there was no breeze or sun and clearly the ground wasn’t going to dry out or get any better.

“It was totally frustrating. We have a few batters in good form at the moment and we knew if we won we could have gone top of the league.

“To be honest we may have had the edge on them too following our recent win in the semi-final of the Bobby Smithson competition as the result could have played on the their minds - but we will never know.”

For Saturday’s trip to Annfield Plain, Graham Whitworth and Matty Storey come into a Colliers line-up, which will be minus Williams, Neil Wood and Craig Wood.

Meanwhile Ashington seconds were left idle after their clash against Tynedale seconds at Hexham was also washed out.

Doug Potts’ side remain top of the B1 division and on Saturday will be at home to Annfield Plain.