O’Brien delighted with first ton for Ashington

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Ben O’Brien scored his maiden ton for Ashington in Saturday’s victory over Percy Main at Langwell Crescent.

And the 26-year-old feels his current batting form is the best for three or four years.

He has now notched four 50s as well as the 110 this season.

He said: “It was a fantastic and brilliant feeling. As soon as I got that single to take me to three figures I was absolutely buzzing.

“This is my best ever season to date and I’m definitely in the best touch I have been for three or four years.

“It was a difficult time to come in as we’d lost two quick wickets, but I thought Jack Jessop and myself batted well together.

“From a personal angle, I was happier than on other occasions when I have got a 50 because I was a bit more sensible, looking for ones and twos and the occasional boundary.”

And O’Brien said the secret behind his form this term is an early preparation.

“I have begun to arrive at the ground earlier with a few other lads,” he said.

“I have a net in the morning and I think that has really helped because since I started this procedure I believe I have only been out on one occasion and have scored over 200 runs in the last three games.”

Meanwhile O’Brien made his debut for Northumberland recently in a 20 overs contest – and subsequent defeat - against Cheshire, which was reduced to 16 overs per side due to the weather.