Weather the only winner as cricket is washed out

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FOR the second consecutive weekend, Ashington’s cricketers were left frustrated by the weather.

On Saturday, the first XI’s trip to Consett in the A2 division was called off early in the morning and the seconds’ fixture against Lanchester was also a victim of the elements.

Ashington skipper Greg Williams said: “On Friday, Consett told me at 5pm that they had quite a few puddles on the field but they had cut a strip on the square for a wicket.

“Basically they were hoping it was going to be OK – and even then it might have been borderline, provided there was no overnight rain.

“However, around 9.30am on Saturday they rang to say they had had another couple of hours rain which topped up the water levels which they had got rid of and the game was consequently called off.”

There were no games in the division either last weekend or the weekend before.

Ashington now have two Saturday home fixtures, the first this weekend against Alnwick.

Williams said: “I’m hoping we will be at full strength. Opening bowler Craig Wood would have missed out through injury had we played at Consett but we are keeping our fingers crossed that he will be fit for the Alnwick game.”

Meanwhile the club have recently been mourning the death of Lawrence Armstrong – who was a long serving supporter and umpire.

Meanwhile Blyth Cricket Club’s first and second XI games were also called off.

However, the first XI’s game against Bedlington will be arranged at a later date.

On Saturday, Blyth first XI will make the journey up to Alnmouth with a 1pm start.

The seconds are at home to Kirkley, also with a 1pm start, although, this game could be off as the club needs for the rain to stop so the ground staff can get to work on the ground.