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Look at the difference in 4 days
Apr 29, 2016, 7:04 pm

Saturdays 2nd team wicket 23rd April 2016 directly below looking good and playing well. Now look the two pictures below these taken on Tuesday 26th April, hail stones and snow with heavy wind our mobile covers would not stay on the square. Four seasons in 1 week, now we have lots of water on the ground. What next!!!!!!!!!

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Mixed fortunes
Apr 25, 2016, 8:14 pm


Our 1st Team travelled to Corbridge for the first game in the Premier league in 2016, we welcomed a new face in David Dent who signed from Blyth and Lewis Tanney returning to the Rugger Boys after one season at Bedlington. Corbridge batted first and were in trouble early on with losing wickets however R. Atkinson seemed to have the right idea on a wicket which was misbehaving he decided to go for it hitting some lusty blows in his 44 before being bowled by Scott Maddison. The only other players to hit double figures for Corbridge was A, Dover Not Out on 25, R. Perry 18, C. Darling 16 and J. Maude on 10 after their allocation of overs their innings finished on 134 for 8. Our bowlers D. Greaves 2 for 18, C. Milburn 1 for 19, S. Maddison 3 for 29, J. Richards 2 for 36, G. Whitworth 0 for 23 and D. Dent 0 for 5.

We set about our run chase in the worst way possible losing our first 6 wickets with only 30 runs on the board. In came opening bowler Cory Millburn who batted well in his 60 before being caught on the boundary with only 5 runs need for victory we ended up all out on 132 losing by 2 runs, the only other players to score double figures was D. Dent on 16 and S. Maddison 12. Corbridge bowlers R. Perry 4 for 22, A. Dover 3 for 15, D. Robinson 2 for 35, C. Darling 0 for 27 and D. Cox 0 for 26.

The worst possible start for the boys from Ashington, however it all starts again next week against Tillside CC at the Rec.

Corbridge CC 27 points and Ashington Rugby CC 6 points.

Our 2nd team entertained Corbridge at the Rec on an overcast and freezing day, Corbridge won the toss and put us in to bat, this did not bother us as we wanted to bat anyway on a good looking wicket. We lost 2 early wickets with the loss of D. Hardy and J. Little, that brought P. Milburn and Jonny Richards to the crease, they build steadily but still scoring at over 7 an over both reached 50’s just after drinks on 20 overs.  Jonny decided to hit what came in his half and he pushed his score along quickly with some lusty blows. P. Milburn was out caught on 59 thus breaking a 187 run partnership, not long after Jonny hit his 100 he was eventually out on 105, a great effort.  In came K. Hetherington and Captain R. Pringle who kept up with the run rate scoring 36 and 32 respectively both ending up not out. We posted a score of 280 for 4 in 40 overs.

Corbridge started off slowly losing wickets a regular intervals until M. Sewell started to hit out with 32 before being bowled by David (Dibbly Dobbler) Wanless. Corbridge finished their 40 overs with 159 for 7. Point of note Dean Hardy took his first ever wicket in the last over of the day clean bowled.

Not a bad first wicket of the season considering 439 runs scored after 80 overs and only 11 wickets fell.

Ashington Rugby CC 28 points and Corbridge CC 6 points.

Captain and Vice Captains Roles
Apr 3, 2016, 7:54 pm

Match Reporting

Please remember the following;

  1. Home teams must fully complete the appropriate sections of the Northumberland Cricket League on Line Result Sheet within 48 hours.
  2. Home teams must fully complete the on line scorecard within 48 hours.
  3. Away teams must approve the scorecard within 24 hours of point 2.
  4. Please remember that the home team must call the press after the game. Regardless if it is a Abandoned, Cancelled, Win, Lose, Tie or Concede.

Otherwise the club could lose points and or be fined.


Marking Scores for the Umpires and Pitches

Please find below an email from the NCL Assistant Secretary 

Dear all 


Could you please ensure that you inform your captains before the season starts of the new strict requirement regarding umpires markings and pitch scores.


We received a complaint last year that Premier Division and Division 1 captains were not agreeing the rating for the umpire and they were not asking the umpire for their rating of the pitch.


This year each home captain will have to complete the online form as per last year but WILL BE required to tick to confirm that they have asked the umpires for the pitch score and also have agreed with the opposing captain the umpire rating.


The General Commitee will be asking captains to confirm they have given this information. If it proves that home captains have not agreed the umpire rating with their opposition captain then a fine will be issued as per league rules. 


The General Commitee will be also asking umpires to confirm they have given this information. If it proves that home captains have not asked the umpire the umpire rating then a fine will be issued as per league rules.


There will be no leniency on these league rules this year.



Assistant Secretary 


ECB Guidance Note: Helmets
Apr 3, 2016, 7:43 pm


ECB Guidance Note: Safety measures for helmets within recreational cricket

The ECB has recently announced new helmet safety measures, which are being introduced with a view to reducing the risk of head and facial injuries within the game. The purpose of this brief note is to assist Leagues and Clubs at the recreational level to understand the key elements of these changes and what they mean.

Players over the age of 18

The ECB strongly recommends that all adult recreational cricketers should wear helmets for certain activities, preferably which meet the most recent British Safety Standard (see below). This recommendation applies to batting against all types of bowling, wicket-keepers standing up to the wicket (who may as an alternative wear face protectors) and fielders fielding closer than eight yards from the batsman’s middle stump, except behind the wicket on the off side.

Under 18s

The position in relation to u18s currently remains unchanged, and is governed by the ‘ECB Guidance on the Wearing of Cricket Helmets by Young Players’ ( In essence, batsmen and wicket-keepers standing up to the stumps must wear head protection when playing or practising. That Guidance should be referred to in full for the position in relation to u18s.

British Safety Standard

The latest British Safety Standard is BS7928:2013 (for both adults and juniors). The full list of helmets meeting this standard is available at For wicket-keeping face protectors the relevant British Safety Standard is BS7929-2:2009 (again, for both adults and juniors).

The ECB understands that there is currently no specific women's helmet and as a consequence no specific standard for women's cricket helmets. As the size of the standard women's cricket ball is between the standard men and junior balls, it is recommended that women use helmets that have been tested against both the men's and junior sized ball, or at least against the junior size ball (as that could potentially get through the gap above the face guard on a men's helmet).

What do Leagues and Clubs need to do?

Whilst it is strongly recommended that all adult recreational cricketers wear helmets in the on-field circumstances detailed above, it is not mandatory for them to do so. For the avoidance of doubt, Leagues or Clubs do not need to go above and beyond the ECB’s recommendation by forcing their cricketers to wear helmets.

However, Leagues and Clubs in recreational cricket should ensure that their cricketers are made aware of the ECB’s above recommendation in relation to helmets, including the need to check that any newly purchased helmets meet the latest British Safety Standard. The ECB recommends that Leagues and Clubs bring the link above (i.e to the attention of their cricketers and encourage all cricketers to carefully consider their own health and safety regarding helmet use.

Leagues and Clubs should always ensure that they have adequate public liability insurance.

April League Meeting
Apr 3, 2016, 10:37 am

April 13th is the Northumberland Cricket League Meeting with a 7pm start at the New Hartley Social Club.

Our 3 team captains are asked to attend with the Chiarman, we will also receive our League handbooks.

Poor Turnout
Apr 3, 2016, 10:34 am

Cricket Force Saturday saw a poor turnout only 6 people attended, yes the weather was not good but it is only 1 day a year when we are all meant to come together, due to the numbers not all the jobs were done, a big thank you to those who came and supported their club;

Craig Jobson and his Mother Sue who did a great job in the kitchen and tea room.

Ant Elliott, Dean Greaves, Michael Adamson, Craig Jobson and Paul Milburn who managed to assemble our covers and repair the practice cage.

Club house extension
Apr 1, 2016, 8:34 pm


Ashington Rugby Club are now ready to start build a large extension to the clubs function room, right up to the telephone mast fence. The work in the background has been ongoing now for 9 months or more, looking for funding to deliver this exciting project.

The extension will be approx. 120sq metres, this will give the club a new dance floor and a function room seating capacity for over 170 people, this will give the club greater opportunities to host parties and dinners, which will bring in additional income to support the club who invest heavily in the playing facilities and changing rooms. The club is also investing in a disabled toilet, the community and its users will benefit from this venture, the facility users are;

  1. Ashington Joint Welfare Rugby Football Club
  2. Ashington Rugby Cricket Club.
  3. Ellington Juniors Football Club.
  4. Green Lane Able Bodied and Disable Bodied Archery Club.
  5. Northumberland Lightning American Football Club.
  6. Northumberland Veterans Motor Cycle Club.

Ashington Rugby Club have set up a "Buy a Brick" fundraising event, bricks are being sold a various prices ranging from £25 Silver brick, £50 Gold brick and £100 Platinum brick, for this members can have their name inserted into a brick which will be mounted on a board just like the honours boards they have on an internal club house wall.

Should our Cricket club support the Rugby Club by purchasing a £100 brick and have our clubs name inserted into a brick, It would be a nice gesture, and we would have our name on the board for every more. We have set up a poll which can be found down the right hand side of our web site, members please have a vote.

Cricket Force Weekend
Apr 1, 2016, 8:07 pm

Members are asked to come along and support your club, prepare for the new season only 3 weeks away, jobs to be done are as follows;

  1. Skim the new plasterboards on the kitchen ceiling following our recent burst pipe, (celing is already boarded).
  2. Repair damaged kitchen light fittings.
  3. Assemble our mobile covers
  4. Assemble our sight screens and push out onto the field (frames have already been glossed).
  5. Repair our practice cage.
  6. Refit practice cage netting.
  7. Clean the score box internally and wash down the external face.
  8. Remove all the crockery from our kitchen cupboards and wash all items.
  9. Wash the inside of all kitchen cupboards.
  10. Clean the tea room carpet.
  11. Wash down the tea room tables.
  12. And any other jobs which come about during the day.

All the Chairman is asking is a few hours of the member's time on Saturday morning, the more we have the easier it will be "More hands make light work" as they say.

Remember it is your club all those who turn up will be given a Cricket Force T Shirt.

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