Kileen heaps praise on Ashington’s Singh

Anirudh Singh hit an amazing 16 fours and nine sixes in his unbeaten 156 as Ashington thrashed Annfield Plain by nine wickets. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
Anirudh Singh hit an amazing 16 fours and nine sixes in his unbeaten 156 as Ashington thrashed Annfield Plain by nine wickets. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com

Former Durham cricketer Neil Killeen joined the growing band of admirers praising the talents of Ashington’s overseas player Anirudh Singh.

This came after Singh’s whirlwind and majestic unbeaten knock of 156 had paved the way towards a crushing nine wickets victory margin for his side on Saturday.

Left hander Singh, in supreme form, scorched 16 boundaries and nine sixes from 138 deliveries to lead from the front as the Colliers, chasing down 253 to win – reached their target from the second ball of the 45th over.

Singh initially featured in an opening stand worth 89 with Jack Jessop, who made 30, before the latter fell lbw to Stuart Newton for 30, then more substantially, dominated an unbroken second wicket stand of 164 with stand-in skipper Simon Prudhoe, who finished unbeaten with a half century.

Killeen said of Singh: “It was an excellent innings by an exceptionally good player and in local cricket it is one of the best knocks I have seen.

“He gave no chances and played a professional type of innings which took his team to a win.”

Earlier in the afternoon, Callum Storey had struck in the first over, having Andrew Donnelly caught by Jessop for nought – but it was a day dominated by the batsmen.

Lewis Donnelly hit 42, Killeen 33, Graham Carr an unbeaten 31 and Micky Allen a superb undefeated 132, which included 15 boundaries and one six.

As leaders Tynedale and second placed Shotley Bridge both claimed wins on Saturday, there was no change at the top with Ashington remaining third in the A1 Division table.

Annfield Plain five points

Ashington 16 points

On Saturday, Ashington’s first XI are at home to Burnopfield.