Vice captain Ben O’Brien blasted his way to a timely first century of the season for Ashington in their crucial top of the table battle against Lanchester at Ashley Park.
O’Brien’s knock of 103 helped steer his side to a total of 271-6 before they reduced the home side to 161-9 in a comfortable victory by 110 runs.
But it will be the second whirlwind 50 of his innings which supporters will remember the most as amazingly O’Brien completed it from only 14 deliveries, racing from 76 to 100 with four sixes in consecutive deliveries.
The 27 year old right hander – who took over the role of skipper in the absence of Greg Williams – admitted that he had ‘no idea’ how many runs he had accumulated before his sensational onslaught but hatched a plan to emulate West Indies cricketer Carlos Brathwaite:
“This was my first century of the season and hopefully there will be more to come,” he said afterwards,
“To be honest, I was happy to reach my first 50 because I didn’t particularly feel in good nick. “I was a bit rusty and needed some time out in the middle but batting with Ben Harmison was just great.
“I watched Carol Brathwaite smash four sixes in a row to win the World Twenty20 for the West Indies against England and I wanted to try and emulate the feat.
“I honesty had no idea that I was anywhere near 76 and to achieve my goal was one thing but to complete my century at the same time made it extra special.”
Newcastle-born O’Brien faced 93balls and included eight fours and seven sixes in his innings which spanned 145 minutes.