Ashington up to fourth after big win

Anirudh Singh smashed his third consecutive century to help steer Ashington to a comprehensive victory over Annfield Plain at Langwell Crescent on Saturday.

And on a cold day with a biting wind, Singh, the Colliers’ overseas all rounder, warmed the home supporters with a different kind of innings.

Usually flamboyant, Singh was forced to adjust his style of play as from a terrific position, Ashington were pegged back after losing three wickets in quick succession.

But he dug in to be the mainstay for his side and after completing three figures only succumbed in the closing overs as he looked to give the total a further boost.

Singh and Neil Wood had racked up a bright opening stand which saw the 50 come up in the 13th over.

But seven overs later, the latter – on 30 – clipped a long hop from Keegan to Lane at mid-wicket bringing an end to the partnership of 78.

Singh completed his half century before Jack Jessop drove a full toss from Keegan straight down Donnelly’s throat at mid-wicket.

Shortly afterwards, Ben O’Brien returned a catch to Oliver and Simon Prudhoe was stumped by Carr off Newton with the score on 114.

Daniel Grant provided great support for Singh, the pair adding 69 for the fifth wicket during an important stage of proceedings, with a single by Singh moving him onto a century in the 45th over out of a total of 178.

However, in the next he was caught at mid-off by Robinson for 104, an innings which included nine boundaries and two sixes from 114 deliveries.

After skipper Greg Williams fell lbw to Killeen, Grant’s purposeful knock came to an end in the penultimate over when he was caught at cover by Phillips for 36.

Ashington closed on 207-8,Peter Finch being bowled by Killeen off the final delivery.

Finch made an early breakthrough having Carr caught down the leg side by Grant in the fourth over, but the visitors progress was slow with only 17 runs on the board from their first ten overs.

Williams made a double bowling change, introducing spinners Singh and Paul Rutherford, and in only his second over the latter had Keegan pouched by Wood.

Neil Killeen had looked to force the pace but in the 17th Rutherford came up trumps again, bowling the ex-Durham man who had scored 25 of his side’s 35 runs.

After that, Matty Collins and Williams pocketed good catches to send back Lane and Oliver as Annfield slumped to 50-5.

Singh and Rutherford continued to wreak havoc then Callum Storey returned from the pavilion end to capture the final wicket of Robinson with the score on 90 – the visitors only batting with ten men with the unfit Halliday nursing an ankle injury sustained during his bowling stint earlier in the afternoon.

Rutherford ended with 4-30 and Singh 3-17 with Storey taking 1-18 and Finch 1-24, the win propelling Ashington up to fourth in the table, eight points adrift of leaders Lanchester.

Match sponsor: Ashington RAOB (Buffs Club).

Ashington 20 points

Annfield Plain 4 points

Ashington seconds were on 160-4 after 35 overs before their away clash at Annfield Plain was abandoned due to rain.

Josh Robinson top scored with 65 and skipper Doug Potts hit 62.