Singh blows Annfield Plain away with 190

Anirudh Singh hit 190 as Ashington recorded a 110-run win over Annfield Plain on Saturday.

It was the all rounder’s personal best in the Go North East Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League and came nfrom only 144 deliveries.

Singh batted just short of three and a half hours and blitzed 19 fours and six sixes to lead the Colliers to their highest score of the season as they broke the 300 barrier.

And with Shotley Bridge only picking up eight points in their lose to Tynedale, the Colliers went second in the table, only seven points behind leaders Swalwell.

After a terrific start with fellow opener Neil Wood, Singh’s fifth century of the campaign was characterised by a willingness and determination to overcome difficulties after Wood’s dismissal for 29 in the 13th over.

The pair had scorched 56 when Neil Killeen induced an error from Wood who was caught at mid-on by Lewis Donnelly.

Next over, Ben O’Brien was bowled off stump by Aaron Halliday and suddenly Ashington had to consolidate with the free scoring Singh going into his shell as he was forced to box clever and adopt a more cautious approach.

He reached his 50 in the 28th over before Jack Jessop, who had looked as cool as a cucumber as he advanced to 46, chopped a delivery from Daniel Keegan onto his stumps to end a partnership of 99 with Singh.

Ashington’s overseas player punched the skies as he celebrated his hundred in the 39th, which triggered a brutal attack on the home bowlers.

He scored 90 in 11 overs, highlighted by blasting four sixes off Adam Phillips in the 48th and completely dominated an unbroken stand of 146 with Daniel Grant who finished on 27.

The evergreen Killeen emerged with credit for the home outfit. His 12 overs costing only 24 runs.

Stephen Boyd then uprooted Adam Khan and Donnelly in successive overs, but the Colliers were frustrated in their quest for further success as Keegan and Killeen kept them at bay with a stand of 66.

Eventually Keegan succumbed in the 21st over, driving to mid-off where Callum Storey took the catch off brother Matty’s bowling.

Jared Lane joined Killeen to form another fruitful partnership of 65 during which time the latter completed his 50 out of a home total of 99-3.

Lane’s innings came to an end when his stumps were shattered by Singh as he attempted a big hit.

With skipper Greg Williams continuing to rotate his bowlers, the re-introduction of Paul Rutherford for the 44th over paid dividends as from the second ball, Graham Carr departed via a superb catch by Adam Nichol at deep mid-on.

Killeen completed a fine 100, which included 14 boundaries, but in the same 46th over, Shane Oliver was trapped lbw by Rutherford and the dismissal signalled another couple of wickets for the left arm spinner, who accounted for Phillips and Christopher Robinson to finish with figures of 4-43 from ten overs.

Killeen was undefeated on 109 at the close.

Annfield Plain 5 points

Ashington 19 points

On Saturday, Ashington make the short journey to face neighbours Bedlington at Hirst Head.