Ashington Cricket Club have been given a spur on the eve of their new season with the news that all rounder Anirudh Singh has agreed to be their overseas player.
Singh, who has also played for Percy Main, Backworth and Benwell and Walbottle, will go straight into the Colliers opening game of the campaign at Lanchester tomorrow – which will mark their return to the top flight of the Wellstream Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League after a two-year period in the A2 division.
Delighted club chairman Martin Thewlis said: “The signing of Anirudh gives us all a big boost after the momentum picked up last year. He is a proven run scorer who brings 750-1000 runs per season and will bring a lot of solidity in the middle order.
“He is also a bowler who offers us a wealth of experience and will provide a backbone in the side and we are all looking forward to meeting him this week.”
Seven years ago, Singh scored 1,142 runs – the highest individual total in the season – for Benwell & Walbottle which included six centuries.
Langwell Crescent skipper Greg Williams said: “Anirudh has already made a good impression as being one of the top players in the league and I for one am looking forward to being in the same side as him.”
Meanwhile, ahead of Saturday’s opener, Williams added: “Lanchester have picked up a couple of new players during the close season and are going to be one of the stronger sides in the division. We are under no illusions and know that there are going to be no easy games for us – but playing in the A1 division will be a good challenge for some
of our younger players. Things have been shaping up nicely over the past few weeks and all of the lads are looking forward to the start.”
Batsmen Ben O’Brien and Jack Jessop return to the club whilst seam bowler Peter Finch joins from neighbours Bedlington.
Ashington seconds – led by newly-appointed captain Doug Potts – start with a home game against Lanchester seconds. Both games commence at 1.30pm.