Superb Singh stars on debut for Ashington

Anirudh Singh watches on as wicketkeeper Dan Grant stumps Ryton batsman Graeme Rowell. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
Anirudh Singh watches on as wicketkeeper Dan Grant stumps Ryton batsman Graeme Rowell. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com

Ashington Cricket Club’s Anirudh Singh turned in a superb all round display on his debut to help steer the Colliers to top spot in the league.

His performance helped earn a massive 143-run victory over Ryton on Saturday in the A1 division of the Go North East Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League.

Having only arrived in Wansbeck, Anirudh Singh - Ashington’s overseas player - opened the innings and hit 40 before taking five wickets in Ryton’s reply then ending the game by pocketing a catch at slip.

However, in the batting stakes, even Anirudh Singh was overshadowed by a dominant performance from Ben O’Brien, who played with a lot of freedom and ended unbeaten on 77.

The victory - Ashington’s second in consecutive weeks - has made it a dream start on their return to the top flight for the Langwell Crescent outfit.

And just for good measure, the second XI, under new skipper Doug Potts, sit joint top of the B1 league.

However, Scott Dunn, who led the Colliers in the absence of the unavailable Greg Williams, had an uneasy start as skipper with left handers Neil Wood and Simon Prudhoe early casualties in the first couple of overs.

A worried Dunn looked at a scoreboard showing 5-2 as Ryton’s opening bowlers exploited movement on a difficult wicket.

But his nerves were settled by Singh and Daniel Grant, who put on 65.

Eventually Anirudh Singh, who had looked in complete control and punished anything pitched short, was pinned back in his crease and fell lbw to Robinson in the 19th over.

Grant followed ten overs later, clipping a half volley straight down Fordham’s throat at square leg, but the dismissal brought Jack Jessop and O’Brien together with the pair sharing a stand of 75.

Jessop, who had looked good at Lanchester the previous week, again featured with 44, but O’Brien became the star of the show.

He hammered the bowling attack with seven fours and two sixes included in a bright and breezy 84 minutes knock, highlighted with some majestic cover drives with his half century coming off only 51 deliveries.

The home side – after a wretched opening – closed on 241-7.

Ryton professional Roald Badenhorst wasted no time in getting his side’s reply off to an exhilarating start, punching the ball through mid-wicket and the covers and as he raced into the thirties.

However, medium pacer Peter Finch made a much needed breakthrough for his side in the eighth over when he pegged back Robinson’s off stump.

Dunn then made a double bowling change which paid huge dividends. With the fifth ball of his first over, Singh trapped Marshall leg before, then the impressive Craig Wood claimed the precious scalp of Badenhorst for 44.

Incredibly, from 63-2, Ashington - led by Anirudh Singh, who after being on a hat-trick ended with 5-23 - turned the screw to rout their visitors for 98 in 31.4 overs.

Craig Wood took 2-9 from six overs, Sonu Singh 1-2 from 3.4 overs and Finch 1-34 from six overs.

Match sponsor: Lisa & Mel, Angler’s Arms, Sheepwash.

Ashington 20 points

Ryton 3 points

Ashington seconds also took maximum points after a 63 runs victory over Whickham

Michael Thewlis (46) and Matty Storey (35) top scored for the Colliers as they totalled 156-9

Chris Watson (4-21) and Matty Potts (3-20) then figured as the Glebe outfit were reduced to an all out score of 93.

On Saturday, Ashington first XI travel to Leadgate with the seconds at home to Lintz.