Alnmouth & Lesbury 130-9
(Ashington won by 110 runs)
Go North East Northumberland and Tyneside Senior League
Anirudh Singh struck a century for the second week in a row as Ashington recorded their first victory of the new campaign with a crushing result in a restricted overs encounter against Alnmouth & Lesbury at Langwell Crescent on Saturday.
The irrepressible Singh, the Colliers overseas star, who smashed a glorious 129 in Ashington’s defeat at Lanchester the previous week, survived an early chance to march on relentless and steer his side to a fabulous score of 240-6 – the morning rain having had an impact on proceedings with the start being delayed until 3pm and the game restricted to 35 overs per side.
Skipper Greg Williams again lost the toss – and the hosts were in deep trouble early on as Alnmouth exploited the conditions on a green-tinged wicket.
Opening bowler Ed Brunton delivered his first two deliveries down the leg side but with his third ball, removed Neil Wood bowling him middle stump.
In the fourth over, Jack Jessop similarly fell without scoring playing forward to a delivery from Nick Denton and being bowled at 12-2.
And the situation could have been worse as in the fifth over, Singh edged and was put down behind.
But then out of adversity, Singh and Ben O’Brien led an amazing recovery with a stand of 117 for the third wicket – the latter bringing up the 100 in the 18th over – coincidentally at the same time as he passed 50 with a glorious cover drive.
Singh crossed 50 four overs later then O’Brien – on 62 from 66 balls which included seven boundaries and one six – clipped a full toss from Paul Straker high on the bat and was well caught by Robin Tudor just inside the boundary edge.
Simon Prudhoe came in at number five and was content to merely support the adventurous Singh who consequently dominated a stand worth 67 between the pair. Singh reached the three figure mark in the 29th over but in the next was again well pouched on the boundary by Rob Burnett for 113. His knock from 90 deliveries was spiced with 11 boundaries and three massive sixes hit over the pavilion and into the car park.
Ashington closed on 240 with skipper Williams hitting 12, James Harmison an unbeaten six and Prudhoe undefeated with 25.
Ashington made the perfect start as Matty Collins removed Straker, caught by Singh at first slip for nought from the fourth delivery but Hughes and Batey went along nicely until the former was caught for 17 by Williams at mid on in the ninth over. Batey followed shortly afterwards then Tom Vickers and Brunton went in quick succession.
After a stand of 26, Burnett and Ridley fell in consecutive overs then Paul Rutherford collected his third wicket when he trapped Tudor lbw. Peter Finch bowled Brooks for 12 before White hit five boundaries in an unbeaten 26 towards the close.
Ashington could not find a way through the last pair to gain maximum points – but in a shortened encounter, they will nevertheless be delighted to have collected 19.
Ashington seconds match away to Alnmouth & Lesbury was postponed.
On Saturday, Ashington face Annfield Plain. The first XI are at home and the seconds away.
Match sponsor: Mark and Christine Doherty (Wansbeck Plastics).
Ashington 19 points; Alnmouth & Lesbury five points.