Ashington Cricket Club’s Dan Grant celebrated a notable hat-trick at the weekend after scoring his third half century in as many innings.
League newcomers Alnmouth & Lesbury – who topped the table earlier in the campaign – were the latest outfit to feel the force of Grant’s bat as he smashed 71 out of an opening partnership of 115 with Neil Wood.
Twenty-three year old Grant, who hit 50 in Ashington’s A2 Divisional League Cup final victory against Alnwick then scored an unbeaten 68 the following day in the ten wickets success over Morpeth, believes levels of concentration and a mindset are the vital ingredients as he continues to impress in his new role at this level of cricket.
“I was more than happy to step up a few weeks ago when asked and I love opening,” said Grant, who had been batting at number nine recently.
“I opened in junior cricket but because I was a wicketkeeper it was a case of dropping down the order in the longer forms of the game.
“Nevertheless, I’m thoroughly enjoying it.
“It’s great, and even though I am glove man and opening the batting, it is not affecting me at all.
“At senior cricket I think this is my best run of form, although I don’t feel as if I’m doing anything any different – it’s just mind-set coupled to levels of concentration.
“It’s nice to have the ball coming onto the bat a bit. I feel a lot more comfortable with a bit of pace on the ball and although I’m hoping for my current form to continue for the rest of the season, I’m certainly not going to assume its going to happen.
“When you go in at number nine, you’ve got to start straight away with a mind-set of pushing on with the scoring, and it’s usually near the end of the innings, whereas when you open, you have more time.”