Fort William’s Ash shows 20/20 vision

Fort William's Ash Anjum is proving to be a big hitter at The Abbey ground in Fort Augustus.

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Ash Anjum in action.

Since joining Fort Augustus Cricket Club (FACC), Fort William’s Ash Anjum has proved to be one of its biggest hitters.

Playing in a T20 cup match against Ross County in Inverness last month, Anjum lived up to that reputation by completing a 39-run over – believed to be a North of Scotland Cricket Association (NOSCA) record.

The maximum possible score in a normal over of cricket is 36 – hitting sixes off of all six deliveries – but with a free hit rule in place, Ash Anjum took advantage of a no-ball to score 38 runs, plus one for the no-ball itself.

Anjum hit four consecutive sixes, the second off the no-ball, before settling for two boundaries and one final maximum.

Fort Augustus went on to win the match by 77 runs, but defeat in their second round robin match against host side Northern Counties meant they were knocked out of the competition.

Still, The Abbey outfit and Anjum, who works for Nickel and Dime in Fort William, had something to celebrate with opposition bowler and NOSCA vice president Chris Blake informing them it was an ‘historic over’.

FACC is currently part of the NOSCA Reserve League and are keen to get more players involved.

The club play most Saturdays and Sundays and train at their scenic ground at Fort Augustus Abbey from 5pm every Wednesday. During the school holidays, FACC will be running junior and senior sessions.

To get involved, send club captain Kevin O’Meara a message on the Fort Augustus CC Facebook page, call him on 07796 685242 or use the form on their website fortaugustuscc.com where more information can also be found.

Kevin appreciates the efforts the team have made this year, especially considering the amount of travel they have undertaken which so far amounts to around 800 miles.

‘It’s a long day commitment but worth it in the main,’ he said.

‘We look forward to welcoming new players over the summer and are looking forward to hosting the junior sessions at the Abbey. Hopefully we can find a few more young Ash’s to join our friendly squad.’

Last weekend’s Highland Club NOSCA senior league game against league leaders Northern Counties was stopped due to rain and will be rescheduled. This weekend FACC face Elgin at home at Fort Augustus Abbey in the Highland club senior league.

Photograph: Fort William’s Ash Anjum is proving to be a big hitter at The Abbey ground in Fort Augustus. NO_F27_AshAnjum_Cricket

Photo 2: Ash Anjum in action. NO_F27_AshAnjum_Cricket_action