Skipper Greg Williams poured undiluted praise on Anirudh Singh after Ashington’s overseas left handed batsman had blasted a whirlwind unbeaten 190 in the win over Annfield Plain on Saturday.
Williams said: “Ani was phenomenal today. He saw Neil Killeen off, who bowled really well down the bank and who moved the ball around on a pitch which was doing a little bit with a bit of grass on it.
“Ani’s knock was just unbelievable and is the best I’ve seen.
“It’s just great to watch someone in our side in that sort of form, and the way he was going, I had visions of him scoring a double hundred.
“Certainly if you are in the opposition camp, you must be at a loss as to where to bowl to him, as Annfield Plain found out as the ball was constantly going to the rope.”
Williams called right on the flip of the coin.
He said: “I won the toss and decided to bat. It looked a good wicket and outfield as well as a nice day, so it was a no brainer.
“I think we are always better batting first and we got off to a decent start through Neil Wood and Ani, who put runs on the board.
“We then lost Wood and Ben O’Brien quickly but Jack Jessop came in and steadied things with a good 46 along with Ani, and when Jessop went, Daniel Grant did well.”
Williams said he forewarned his side not to become complacent when they took the field.
“We had to make sure that we stayed in the game,” he said.
“Annfield Plain got a big score against us on the same ground last year so you have to bowl a tight first ten overs, especially with a short boundary on one side.
“We got an early couple of scalps then there was a gap in the middle where we couldn’t find a way through.
“But it was a good track and they were not going for it, so it made it harder for us to take wickets.
“We had to mix the bowling attack up a little bit to see if we could make something happen, which we did in the end.
“At one point it looked as if we may only take 16 or 17 points, so I’m really happy to have come away with 19.”