Ashington Cricket Club’s first XI stand-in skipper Simon Prudhoe described his side’s emphatic nine wickets victory over Annfield Plain at Enterprise Park as being an excellent achievement.
Anirudh Singh’s magnificent unbeaten 156 naturally topped the agenda as Prudhoe reflected on the Colliers’ successful run chase, clinching victory in the 45th over after the home side had posted 252-3.
“Despite losing our way near the end of their innings, we always thought it was within our capabilities to reach that target on a flat wicket,” he said.
“Once Anirudh got his eye in, he produced a chance less and fantastic knock with shots all around including pulling, hooking and through mid-wicket, which took the game away from them.”
Prudhoe, 33, a supply chain manager, added: “In reply, Jack Jessop and Anirudh made a solid start, playing straight and laying a solid foundation, and we knew if we could provide that base, then it would allow Anirudh to cut loose and that’s what he did – but Jack’s contribution was vital too.”
Prudhoe had earlier won the toss and put Annfield into bat.
“There was a wet patch on a length at one end and taking a wicket in the first over was just what we were looking for,” he said.
“I thought we bowled quite well, hitting the patch regularly, but nicks from the bat didn’t go to hand.”
Prudhoe meanwhile celebrated being in charge by making his first half century of the season.
“Yes it was nice and especially as it contributed in a convincing win,” he added.