Ashington hoping overseas player Singh will return

All rounder Anirudh Singh will be playing for Ashington CC again next season. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com

All rounder Anirudh Singh will be playing for Ashington CC again next season. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com

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Ashington Cricket Club are hoping to re-engage Anirudh Singh as their overseas player for next season.

The 34-year-old Indian was a knockout success for the Langwell Crescent outfit in the campaign which has just ended, scoring over 1,000 runs.

He was a popular figure both on and off the field as he delighted supporters with assured all round performances.

Club official Peter Hooks said: “We will be delighted if Anirudh is available to return next year.

“We hope he is going to come back because we were highly impressed, not just with his playing performances but also how he conducted himself on and off the field.”

Before boarding a flight from Newcastle to his home town of Hyderabad via Dubai, Singh said: “Playing for this club has been fantastic and I would like to come back.

“I enjoyed the season tremendously and the fact the club would like me to return is great news.

“This year has been good. We were aiming for a top four finish but to clinch runners-up spot was brilliant.

“We lost only one game away to Swalwell in the second half, and even then it was a tight finale which was not decided until the last over.

“We also went right through the campaign unbeaten at home, which was an excellent achievement.

“I was happy with my own form. I think I personally did better after the half way mark when I got a few not outs and saw the team through.

“There is a good squad in place here and they are a fine bunch of lads who play for each other.”

Singh was full of praise for his family and employers the State Bank of Hyderabad.

“Without their co-operation, none of this would have happened,” he added.

“I’ve become so attached to the club but I was also looking forward to returning home to see my wife Sudha and daughter Rania, who is just over one-and-a-half-years-old.”

Ashington’s first XI skipper Greg Williams said: “We know a lot of other clubs have been interested in Anirudh so it will be fantastic news if he can return to us next season.

“He fitted in really well and now classes himself as an Ashington lad.”