Ashington Cricket Club’s overseas player Ani Singh admitted that the Colliers’ recent win against defending champions Shotley Bridge by a single run ranks as being one of the best games he has ever been involved in.
Hyderabad-born Singh helped to propel his side to 267 at the close by hitting an invaluable and unbeaten 120 – a score which saw him reach his tenth century for the Wansbeck outfit and his 20th in the history of the Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League since it was formed in 2000.
And the 35-year-old, who earlier in the campaign notched a ton in the home clash against Annfield Plain, is delighted as Ashington sit at the head of the division despite Saturday’s top of the league showdown with Swalwell at Langwell Crescent being wiped out without a ball being bowled.
He said: “I’m happy with my form so far this term. All hundreds are special but the one against Shotley Bridge was right up there amongst my best.
“Once Ben [Harmison] got out, my sole aim was to stay until the end of the 50 overs and help us get the maximum runs.
“As a team, most of the lads have been in good nick, which is good, and against Shotley we needed to try and get a big score.
“We lost a few wickets and it’s not easy to get on with things, but I was happy to be at the crease at the end of the innings.
“However, the team winning was the most essential thing, and we will see how important that 100 was at the end of the season.
“I’ve been involved where matches have ended in a tie but I have to admit that the game with Shotley was one of the best I have played in because it was up and down all the way through, and to win it was fantastic.”
Singh, in his third season with Ashington, added: “So far the season has been tremendous and the signing of Ben Harmison and Shaun McCafferty has strengthened us because they are experienced players.
“We have a good bowling unit who have so far delivered with the ball and we work well together.
“We also have a fantastic team spirit and gel well, but that is nothing new as we have had that over the years.”
With drizzle still falling, Saturday’s match against Swalwell was called off at 4pm and skipper Greg Williams said: “It started raining at 12.45pm and never let up, but there is nothing you can do about the weather.
“The lads had been looking forward to the game all week and were naturally disappointed.”
Second placed Lanchester were also left kicking their heels when their clash against Tynedale was rained off, meaning the gap between the top two, Ashington and Lanchester, remains at 15 points.
Match sponsor: Stuart McLeod, Rickards Estate Agents & Surveyors.
On Saturday Ashington are away to Ponteland.