Weather ruins the day after only 11 overs

ASHINGTON were left frustrated in their Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League clash against Burnopfield at Langwell Crescent on Saturday when rain proved to be the only winner.

The Colliers went into the game hoping to bring to a halt a run of three consecutive defeats, but in the end both teams were left kicking their heels before stumps were drawn shortly before 4.30pm.

In the absence of captain Michael Thewlis, Stephen Boyd took over as skipper and won the toss, asking Burnopfield to take first strike.

After a delayed start of 50 minutes and the game already reduced to 41 overs per side, Burnopfield’s opening pair of James Radcliffe and Harry Lovell found runs desperately hard to come by with Boyd and fellow opening bowler Craig Wood beating the bat on a couple of occasions.

However, Burnopfield’s first pair were still not separated after 11 overs when the players were forced off the field due to steady rain.

Unfortunately, after taking an early tea, the weather was still inclement which resulted in the game being abandoned with Radcliffe unbeaten on 15 and Lovell on eight.

Boyd had figures of 0-8 from six overs, five of which were maidens, whilst Wood had 0-15 from five, with both sides taking five points from the clash.

Table toppers Ashington seconds were also grounded on Saturday when their B1 division match at Burnopfield was washed out without a ball being bowled.

This Saturday, the Colliers’ second string are away to Sacriston.