Wood waxes lyrical about Anirudh

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Durham’s former Ashington cricketer Mark Wood described Anirudh Singh’s unbeaten century for the Colliers in their semi-final victory of the Bobby Smithson Northumberland County Cup against Tynedale as being one of the best hundreds he has ever seen on the local circuit.

Although the Langwell Crescent outfit went down in the final against Tynemouth on Sunday, Wood, who started his career as a nine-year-old and came through the ranks with his home town club before signing for Durham at the age of 17, was highly impressed by Singh’s effort.

His knock led to the Colliers recording a crushing 113 runs victory at Priors Flat at Hexham on Friday night.

Wood, born in Wansbeck and who still lives in the town, initially sang his praises about Singh – Ashington’s overseas player – via social media site Twitter, then said afterwards: “It was such an important game – a semi-final and a 20 overs contest.

“Probably single handedly, Anirudh took them into the final with one of the best hundreds I have ever seen from an Ashington player.

“He hit the ball so cleanly and although he struck a lot of boundaries, it wasn’t as if he was trying to hit the ball too hard.

“He found the gaps and his timing was up there with some of the best I have seen.”

Wood continued: “Some of his sixes were huge blows – not least from the final ball of the innings when he smashed the ball out of the ground.

“His performance wasn’t on a first class pitch either, even though the wicket was good.

“The way he played so freely was great to watch and his display would still have ranked as being a terrific knock in the professional game.”

Singh finished 114 not out from 61 balls in 73 minutes, which included 13 fours and six sixes.