Singh stars as Ashington overwhelm Consett

Ashington Cricket Club's Neil Wood.
Ashington Cricket Club's Neil Wood.

Ashington racked up another crushing victory on Saturday as Anirudh Singh entered the history books.

Singh smashed a magnificent 132, his fourth hundred of the campaign, which took him to the top of the list for scoring the most centuries in the 15-year history of the Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League.

Ashington bowler Matty Collins dismisses a Consett batsman during their home win. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com

Ashington bowler Matty Collins dismisses a Consett batsman during their home win. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com

After being put into bat and following a cautious start with three maidens and 15 on the board after five overs, Singh and the ageless Neil Wood began to dominate and had formed a partnership of 70 when the latter was bowled by Hunter for 30 in the 17th.

Jack Jessop joined Singh and the pair continued to build on the excellent foundation with a second wicket stand which prospered.

Singh reached his 50 in the 28th over, Jessop doing likewise ten overs later, and the duo seemed inseparable as they played shots all around the wicket.

As the sun came out and the temperature rose, so too did the scoring rate.

And in a momentous 41st over, not only did Ashington’s 200 arrive but more significantly Singh broke the record when he took a single to complete his hundred.

However, two overs later, Jessop was bowled by Milligan for an excellent 65 from 86 balls, which brought an end to a partnership with Singh of 151.

The Colliers’ overseas player was next to depart, caught at mid-wicket by Winn off Pyke, and with wickets in hand, Ashington’s attempt to boost the score even further saw them close on 278-6.

Consett’s opening pairing of Mansoor and Hunter began positively with the former dominating the opening stand of 62 inside 14 overs.

Mansoor had found the boundary on nine occasions in a hard hitting and aggressive knock of 45 when he was well caught by Neil Wood at cover off Stephen Boyd.

After the customary drinks break at the halfway stage, Turnbull was clean bowled by Singh for 18 and Consett’s slide began when Callum Storey superbly pocketed a catch on the run to send back Hunter for 29 off Matty Collins, who trapped Hassan lbw next ball.

Collins made it three wickets in four deliveries when he shattered the stumps of Winn before Callum Storey excelled in his second spell from the pavilion end, clean bowling Foster, Milligan, Chapman and last man Pyke to wrap up the innings from the final ball of the 45th over.

However, spinners Singh and Paul Rutherford also featured in the warm and sultry conditions as they sent down 12 overs each and returned figures of 1-27 and 1-29 respectively.

Match sponsor: Ian Bell (Kestrel plumbing & heating engineer).

Ashington 20 points

Consett 5 points

On Saturday, the league season reaches the halfway mark with Ashington away to Leadgate.