Flooding holds up the Colliers

ASHINGTON entertain leaders Leadgate tomorrow aiming to pick up where they left off a month ago – weather permitting!

ASHINGTON entertain leaders Leadgate tomorrow aiming to pick up where they left off a month ago – weather permitting!

The Colliers were on an excellent run of form with four straight wins in Division A1 until the rains came and washed away virtually all play over the last three weeks.

Their victory over Lintz on June 9 lifted them up to fifth place in the table but they have been unable to continue climbing, seeing their games against Annfield Plain, Morpeth and Newcastle City all fall victim to the weather.

But they are hoping the Langwell Crescent pitch dries out in time for tomorrow’s game.

Secretary Dale Ross said: “The wicket is fine but there has been a bit of flooding in the outfield but we are keeping our fingers crossed that it will go away because we are desperate to play cricket again.

“It has been very frustrating for everyone because we were on a good run of form before the weather changed.

“Hopefully, we will be able to regain our momentum and pick up tomorrow where we left off last month.

“It will be a tough game against Leadgate because they are top of the table and have been playing well.

“But the weather is one of those factors that no-one can influence and all the teams in the league have been in the same boat, if you’ll pardon the pun!”

Ashington will be without opening bowler Stephen Boyd, who is unavailable tomorrow.

Second-placed Lintz are 10 points behind the leaders and entertain bottom-of-the table Percy Main this weekend.

Defending champions Tynedale are third and go to fourth-placed Swalwell.

Next-to-bottom Benwell and Walbottle are at home to sixth-placed Newcastle City, while Sacriston entertain Morpeth and Annfield Plain go to Shotley Bridge.

Meanwhile, the top two in Division A2 – Ryton and Backworth – go head-to-head tomorrow.

Ryton are currently top by 34 points but Backworth have the chance to cut that gap this weekend.

Third-placed Consett go to fourth-placed Ponteland with both clubs within striking distance of second-spot if Backworth slip.

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