Record breaking Singh continues to rack up the runs

Ashington opening batsman Ani Singh on his way to a knock of 190 in their win at Annfield Plain. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
Ashington opening batsman Ani Singh on his way to a knock of 190 in their win at Annfield Plain. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com

Anirudh Singh reached another milestone on Saturday in what is already a record breaking season for him.

Four weeks ago his 132 against Consett at Langwell Crescent saw him overtake Mohtashim Ali to go to the head of the table for scoring the most centuries with 17 in the Go North East Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League since it formed in 2000.

On Saturday Singh manufactured a personal best score of 190 in the league with Annfield Plain on the receiving end of his fifth century.

And just how the County Durham-based outfit must wince when the Hyderabad-born man walks through the dressing room doors.

It was the second time this season the 34-yearold has scored a ton against them following his 104 in the reverse fixture and subsequent victory in Wansbeck, and it was the third successive occasion where he has recorded three figures against the Plain at Enterprise Park.

“I always enjoy playing on this ground because the wicket is quite good and the ball comes onto the bat,” he said.

“It was hard work early on as Neil Killeen bowled a fantastic first spell and it was a case of respecting the good deliveries, but once we got through it, things became much easier.”

However, thoughts of hitting a double hundred to join three other batsmen in the unique hall of fame never crossed Singh’s mind, even after he took 28 off one Phillips over with four sixes and a boundary.

“I was just looking to score as many runs as possible,” he added.

“I could have holed out the next ball because I was going hard at it, but I enjoyed the whole innings and felt quite comfortable.”

Singh acknowledges the fact that he is now closing in on another possible achievement, only that his thoughts are not self centred but purely team based.

In 2007, when with Benwell & Walbottle, he set the record for scoring the most hundreds in a season with six, which was equalled two years ago by Swalwell’s Chris Hewison.

Singh now has five league centuries this term, and he added: “I would like to draw level with the record or even go ahead, but my focus is to try and do well in every game I play for Ashington and to get the team into a good position.”

Meanwhile whilst Singh continues to smash through the records, he showered praised on his employers back home in India.

“I am an officer with the State Bank of Hyderabad and I’d like to thank them,” he added.

“Without their help and co-operation where they have allowed me to take the time off to come over here for five months, this would not be possible.”