For the first time this season Greg Williams experienced that winning feeling from the toss of the coin on Saturday.
But then the weather intervened to leave an indelible mark on Ashington’s Go North East Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League A1 Division clash at Langwell Crescent.
The skipper looked on as his side – along with visitors Alnmouth & Lesbury – spent the next two and a half hours kicking their heels in total frustration as the rain fell to curtail any possibility of play.
Even after an early tea, the weather was unrelenting and a postponement was a mere formality.
The weather swept across the region to wipe out the entire schedule and Williams said: “Friday was a nice day, as was Saturday morning.
“I was delighted to win the toss but then deflated because just as Craig Wood was ready to bowl the first ball down the bank for us, the rain began to lash down and there was no let up after that.”
Meanwhile Williams has described Saturday’s forthcoming home clash against defending champions Swalwell as providing the ‘ultimate test’.
“Although we have given a good account of ourselves in recent years against Swalwell, they have won the league seven times in as many seasons,” he said.
“We are under no illusions that it is going to be anything less than an extremely tough match, but you always like to pit your wits against the best and this will be the ultimate test.”
The Colliers will be at full strength with strike bowlers Callum Storey and Peter Finch – who would have been non starters against Alnmouth & Lesbury – poised to return to the side.
Ashington seconds – who were also rained off at Greenside on Saturday – continue to head the B1 division. This weekend they travel to face Swalwell seconds at Derwenthaugh.