Wood is a Cricket World Cup winner
Ashington-born Mark Wood became a World Cup winner on Sunday evening after England’s men won a tense, dramatic, sensational and unbelievable ICC Cricket Cup final against New Zealand at Lord’s – the home of cricket.
The last time the town celebrated a success of such stature was in 1966 when footballing brothers Bobby and Jackie Charlton returned home World Cup heroes after a 4-2 extra time victory over West Germany at Wembley Stadium. Ashington-born cricketer Steve Harmison is a two-time Ashes winner whilst Wood also savoured that same moment when England lifted the urn over the Australians in 2015.
Steve Williams, who coached Wood through the ranks at Ashington Cricket Club for seven years and has monitored his progress said: “I feel very proud of what Mark has just achieved and to be honest I’m quite emotional. I coached Mark from the age of nine until he joined the Durham Academy around 16 years old and I remember when as a youngster he flew over to Australia to play for ex Ashington cricketer Scott Kay’s Palm Beach club in Queensland.
“It is unbelievable to see him come through every stage of his development and to say I’m delighted would be an understatement.”
Williams also heaped praise on new World Cup winner Wood who has had injury problems over the past few years. He added: “The way Mark keeps bouncing back (from injury) speaks volumes about his character.
England v New Zealand ended all square before England won on a dramatic super over, courtesy of hitting more boundaries.