Ashington Cricket Club batsman Jack Jessop narrowly missed out on what would have been a dream week in his cricketing summer.
The 21-year-old agonisingly fell eight runs short of what would have been a first ever hundred for the Mighty Acorns in their crushing victory over Annfield Plain on Saturday.
Jessop had recorded his maiden century for Northumberland against Hertfordshire earlier in the week and at the same time featured in a record breaking stand for the first wicket with fellow opener Matthew Whaley in the clash at Jesmond.
Harlow-born Jessop, a right hander, said: “My season at Ashington hasn’t gone the way I visualised because I keep losing my wicket in stupid ways and consequently haven’t scored the runs I would have liked.
“I had to really graft hard before notching my hundred for Northumberland and was delighted, and after Matthew hit the runs which broke the record, I felt incredible to be part of it.”
Jessop struck a half century in the second innings as Northumberland duly won the contest, and he had one aim in mind on Saturday when the Colliers travelled to face Annfield Plain.
He said: “I just wanted to try and replicate my county form with Ashington and I thought I did that.
“However, to be out eight runs short of a hundred was frustrating.”
Jessop hit eight fours and three sixes in a 73-ball knock of 92 to help steer his side to a record breaking 415-6, the Colliers wrapping up an 18 points victory after Plain finished on 208-7.