Singh breaks record with fourth ton

Ashington CC's Anirudh Singh. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
Ashington CC's Anirudh Singh. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com

Ashington all-rounder Anirudh Singh has etched his name into the history books of the Go North East Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League.

He has now scored the most centuries since its inception in 2000.

After consecutive hundreds at the start of the season against Lanchester (129), Alnmouth & Lesbury (113) and Annfield Plain (104), Singh’s fourth ton of the season propelled him into pole position.

Born in Hyderabad, the 34-year-old was delighted, but nevertheless nonchalant, about his achievement.

Although aware of being level on 16 centuries with Mohtashim Ali going into the game, Singh said that making history was never in his thoughts.

“The record never crossed my mind,” he said.

“I have not felt under any pressure, and even today my thoughts were only to do well and to bat for as long as possible, and I flied through the 90s, to be honest.

“It’s a nice feeling to be up there and to be in front, now my aim is to add a few more hundreds.

“After scoring my third ton of the season at the beginning of May, I have had a few innings where I got in and got out which was disappointing.

“This afternoon it was hard work early doors but once we established ourselves it became easier.

“Neil Wood and myself had a good partnership then Jack Jessop batted fantastically well, and once we crossed 170-180 we just went on from there.

“It would be difficult to say which of the four hundreds this term has been the best, but I was really happy with this knock.

“I needed it and the team needed a good start and we got it.”

Singh is hoping Ashington can take their form into the second half of the season.

He added: “I love playing for Ashington. Personally I was disappointed recently because I thought I was not contributing enough, but we were winning so I can’t really complain.

“Hopefully we can kick on and have a good finish to the season, which we had last year.

“We took it match by match last term and we will do the same this time round and see where we end up.

“It’s a competitive league so we will need to keep trying hard.

“We have got a good settled side and obviously the return of Stephen Boyd is a boost.

“I thought Matty Collins and Callum Storey both bowled well today so things are looking rosy for us.”

As for the record he has set, Singh concluded: “At some point it will be broken, but I just hope if and when that time comes, it will be another Ashington player who overtakes me.”

Skipper Greg Williams said: “For Ani to break the record was well deserved and everybody at the club is delighted for him.

“He’s been disappointed over the past few weeks with his scores and someone was going to pay, and it’s happened today.

“It was a class knock, which is what Ani’s all about.

“When he is in that frame of mind, you cannot bowl to him and he never gave a chance.”

“As a captain, he’s a great help in the field too and his statistics speak for themselves.

“But it’s not just about his performance, he grafts and offers support and advice to the other batters in the team and takes the pressure off.

“He very rarely fails and today, although he bowled well, he only picked up the one wicket.”