Thewlis optimistic of avoiding drop

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ASHINGTON Cricket Club’s Michael Thewlis remains optimistic that his side can still pull clear of the relegation zone.

The Colliers skipper’s belief came on a weekend which saw the entire Wellstream Northumberland and Tyneside Senior League A1 programme washed out by the appalling weather on Saturday.

Ashington remain second from bottom of the division, 23 points adrift of Chopwell and 27 points behind Burnopfield.

But Thewlis said: “I’m optimistic. We would have liked to have played against Percy Main last Saturday but unfortunately the weather was the only winner.

“Ironically, had the game gone ahead, we would probably have fielded our strongest side of the season, which has not been possible so far due to injuries, holidays etc.

“In the event, although we are no better off, we are no worse off either.

“I’m convinced we’ll get out of this situation.

“We have got the players capable to do it – we need them to put runs on the board and to bowl sides out.”

On Saturday, Ashington’s first XI are at Lanchester.

Meanwhile Ashington seconds were also left grounded by the torrential rain on Saturday when they were due to travel to Percy Main.

Martin Thewlis’ side – still four points behind league leaders Sacriston – are at home this weekend when they face Lanchester seconds at Langwell Crescent.