Singh and Rutherford lead Ashington to victory

Ashington CC's Ani Singh on his way to an unbeaten 84 in their two-wicket win over Lanchester CC. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
Ashington CC's Ani Singh on his way to an unbeaten 84 in their two-wicket win over Lanchester CC. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
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Anirudh Singh showed immense levels of concentration as Ashington Cricket Club’s first XI extended their unbeaten run to six matches with a gripping yet thrilling two wickets victory over Lanchester at Langwell Crescent.

Colliers overseas player Singh recently broke the record for scoring the most hundreds in the Go North East Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League since it formed in 2000.

The 34-year-old, who works for the State Bank of Hyderabad in India, has four tons to his name this term, yet he openly admitted that even the centuries take second place against his highly accomplished and fully focused unbeaten 84 on Saturday.

A delighted Singh said: “The knock today has outshone some of the centuries I have scored for the club, purely and simply because of the state of the game and the pressure we found ourselves in.

“For every game there is a responsibility on me, but I just tried to take less risks and attempted to keep the ball on the ground most of the time.

“We usually get good starts with runs early doors and our middle order backs us up, but obviously we lost wickets in a bunch in this game and had to dig ourselves out of trouble.

“I knew if someone could stay in with me we could get a bit of a partnership going.

“Paul (Rutherford) looked quite confident and he batted fantastically well, which gave me confidence as well as we looked to put the loose balls away.

“The closer you get to the target, the more anxious you become, but things turned out well for us, and that was important after losing the cup final against Swalwell the night before.”