Ashington Cricket Club vice captain Ben O’Brien savours League Cup win after defeating Ryton

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Ashington Cricket Club vice captain Ben O’Brien savoured the moment as he held the League Cup aloft at the weekend.

After bowling out Ryton for 57, the Mighty Acorns won the clash against the A2 division leaders by seven wickets.

But for the stand in skipper, it was his first piece of silverware in his time with the Langwell Crescent club.

“It’s a great feeling,” he said after being presented with the trophy by Ashington chairman Bob Dunning,

“I was a little nervous after we lost to Tynedale in midweek in the semi final of the Tyneside Charity Bowl but now I’m delighted.”

O’Brien revealed he had a preconceived plan: “I had already decided that if I won the toss, I would put them in,” he said, “Every time we’ve chased a total down in this competition we have performed well whilst at the same time, we have bowled sides out for low scores.

“I wanted to put early pressure on their batsmen and I knew if our lads bowled the way I know they can that it was always going to be difficult for them [Ryton].

He continued: “Ben Harmison and Ani Singh did well from the start then the change bowlers came on and continued the trend.”

Despite his side losing three wickets, the result was never in doubt in O’Brien’s mind: “With the depth we have in our batting line up, I didn’t think we were in too much trouble,” he added. O’Brien emerged as top scorer in the contest with an unbeaten 30 including the shot of the night - a drive through extra cover.

: “I was happy because it was good to get a bit of time in the middle,” he said, “The last few games, I have taken my time to get my eye in at the start and I was feeling pretty good.”