Singh ton in vain as Ashington lose to Lanchester

Ashington CC bowler Peter Finch in action during their defeat at Lanchester CC on Saturday. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com

Ashington CC bowler Peter Finch in action during their defeat at Lanchester CC on Saturday. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com

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Anirudh Singh smashed a magnificent century for Ashington on Saturday in the opening game of the new cricket season.

But it was not enough to help steer the Colliers to victory as the home side clinched the result with an over to spare.

Overseas player Singh, who enjoyed a terrific first season with the Langwell Crescent Club last year, was in sparkling form along with Neil Wood, the pair scorching a substantial opening partnership of 161 in 30 overs.

Wood, who hit 12 boundaries in 68, was first to go, but Ben O’Brien joined Singh and the duo continued the runs spree.

Singh eventually departed for 129 including nine fours and eight sixes from 119 deliveries.

O’Brien completed an unbeaten half century before the close as Ashington ended on a highly impressive 270-2 from their 50 overs.

In reply, the home side made a great start through Green and Patterson before Ashington eventually broke through when Paul Rutherford had Green caught on the boundary for 48.

Patterson, however, became the second centurion of the day and went on to make 121 before falling to Singh.

The home side required 100 to win from the final 13 overs then whittled it down to 38 from five and then seven from two.

Brinton hit 42 but it was Nidamanuru with an unbeaten 64 who struck massive and decisive blows to guide the Durham outfit home.

In the B1 division, Matty Storey smashed an unbeaten hundred for Ashington seconds and Matty Potts struck 30 as the defending champions scored 206-3 against Lanchester seconds.

In reply the visitors were bowled out for 108 with Doug Potts taking 3-3, Ian Sharkey 2-8 and debutant Jaden Sparrow 2-15.

Lanchester 16 points

Ashington 7 points

On Saturday, Ashington pit their wits against Alnmouth & Lesbury. The firsts are at home with the seconds away.