Vice captain Ben O’Brien celebrated at the double on Saturday as Ashington opened up a 39 points gap at the top of the Go North East Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League.
O’Brien took over the role of skipper in the absence of Greg Williams for the Colliers crucial clash against Lanchester and the 27 year old accountant not only saw the Wansbeck outfit record their tenth victory of the season but he also notched his first century of the season in a game which marked the half way point of the campaign.
“I lost the toss and they put us in but it was a blessing in disguise with the way our lads batted,” he said afterwards,
“We made the worst possible start and things could have been shaky but Jack Jessop came in and played sensibly and batted really well along with Ani Singh.
“The pair put on 69 which was an important partnership then Ben Harmison and myself added over 150 for the fourth wicket.
“We had wickets in hand at the end to throw the bat which we did as we scored over 100 from the last ten overs and that was the difference.
“I would have been happy at half time with our total of 271 from 50 overs so to get it from 45 was a bonus.”
Ashington made the early breakthrough they wanted and O’Brien later labelled the victory - from a game reduced to 45 overs per side due to an interruption for rain - as being a ‘good team performance’.
“We knew Dan Nicotra had been scoring a lot of runs for Lanchester,” he said, “So when Callum Storey knocked over his leg stump in the first over it was a massive wicket for us. We were tight after that with all the bowlers performing well and it was a good team performance with the wickets spread around.”