Win the important factor for Ashington’s stand-in skipper

Ashington's Ben O'Brien in action with the bat. Picture by Ian Appleby

Ashington's Ben O'Brien in action with the bat. Picture by Ian Appleby

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Ashington vice-captain Ben O’Brien could not conceal his delight after his side etched a new chapter in the history books during their win over Annfield Plain on Saturday.

The Colliers racked up 415-6, their highest total since scoring 333 against Sacriston 12 years ago.

“It looked like a really good wicket so when I won the toss, I thought it was a good opportunity for us to get some runs on the board,” he said.

“No one got a hundred for us yet everyone chipped in, which showed what a good performance it was with the bat, and even the lads down the order did well.

“It was fantastic to break the club’s previous highest score by over 80 runs, and to get over 400 was rather special.

“It was also a good performance with the ball. Ben Harmison had a swollen knee and wanted to rest it and he was a bit of a miss, but James Harmison came in and did well, taking four wickets and was probably the pick of the bowlers.

“However, to be fair, I thought to keep them down to just over 200 on a good wicket was a really decent effort by us.

“It was a pity we didn’t manage to get full points, but the most important aspect was to win the game.”