Anirudh Singh continued his supreme run of form on Saturday as he recorded his third successive century in Ashington’s crushing 117-run victory over Annfield Plain at Langwell Crescent.
And afterwards, the 34-year-old left hander admitted that he was doubly delighted as he is traditionally a slow starter.
Singh, who had hit knocks of 129 and 113 in his previous two matches before Saturday’s 104, which included nine fours and two sixes, said: “Unfortunately we lost our opening game at Lanchester, but other than that it’s been a fantastic start for the season for us.
“We have now won two in a row at home and from a personal point of view it’s good to contribute to the team.
“Playing in England, it’s definitely my best ever start to a campaign and a dream come true because I’m usually a slow starter.
“I think I’m playing well, just as I was last season.
“Last term I was being dismissed in the 30s and 40s, and I’ve tried to rectify that this time round to try and bat through and get bigger scores, and during the winter I’ve been in good touch.
“We had a good start today but after the ball got a bit old it was difficult to score runs off the spinners, and also because the bounce was very low.
“I couldn’t play as many shots as usual because the wicket was different and I had to adapt, and losing three wickets in quick succession didn’t help us.
“However, Daniel Grant came in and we forged a fantastic partnership, which I thought changed the game a bit because it was 50-50 at that time.”
Singh also picked up three wickets in the Annfield Plain reply.
“The temperature when I left India to come to Ashington was 42 degrees,” he said.
“Today it was very cold and I could not really spin the ball.
“But Paul Rutherford bowled fantastically well from the other end and once we got through the top order it was just a case of trying to go on and complete the win.”