Longstone League Knockout Cup
Ashford in the Water 102 all out beat Elton 79–4 by 23 runs
There will be a different name on this year’s Longstone Cup as Ashford beat Elton for the first time in four years to knock the holders out.
The home side were soon in trouble after choosing to bat on a damp wicket. Craig Elliot (2-21) took advantage of the conditions and Ashford were in a hole at 8-2. However, a partnership of 58, which included five sixes, between Andrew Paulett (35) and Julian Henson (25) righted the ship.
But once they were out, Paul Carson (3-8) swung the tie back in Elton’s favour as he ripped through the middle order as Ashford stumbled to just 102 all out in only the 14th over.
In reply, Elton’s innings began slowly with Jamie Carrington (1-11) and Kevin Rowney (1-19) keeping a tight rein on the batsmen. As the run-rate crept higher, it was only Elliott (40) who batted with any authority and, once he was out, the task only became harder. James Marsden (23 not out) attempted to press on but another superb spell from Joe Muir (2-20) ensured Elton’s grip on the trophy was finally released. Ashford will now visit Longstone in the semi-finals.
Calver 102–8 lost to Ashford in the Water 106–1 by 9 wickets
Ashford beat Calver for the second time this season to keep up their 100 per cent record in the Longstone League.
Choosing to bat on a drying wicket, Calver were soon regretting their decision as Peter Marsden (2-14) set about their top order. Joe Muir (3-37) and John Carrington (2-17) closed down the innings leaving the visitors 103 for victory.
Ashford’s reply began brightly enough as Jamie Carrington (20) looked to press on, but Andrew Paulett was far more circumspect at the other end. At the fall of the first wicket Julian Henson joined Paulett and they set about a measured run-chase.
The result never seemed in doubt as Paulett finished on 42 not out, Henson 36 not out.
YDCL Division 2
Ashford in the Water 1st XI 176 all out lost to Sheffield Transport 1st XI 179 – 5 by 5 wickets.
Ashford were unable to translate their midweek form to the longer game at the weekend.
Put into bat, Ashford openers Jamie Carrington (26) and Andrew Paulett (82) were grateful of some poor fielding as they were dropped five times before Carrington fell with the score on 54.
However, the home side were unable to take full advantage as only Phil Price (13) and Peter Marsden (17) made it to double figures in support of Paulett’s innings. Ashford were disappointed with a total of 176 in 45 overs.
In reply, the visitors seemed in a tearing hurry, throwing the bat at everything. John Slack (70) and Mohamed Ibrahim (51 not out) ensured Transport raced to their target.
YDCL Division 5
Stocksbridge 3rd XI 146-3 (25pts) beat Ashford in the Water 2nd XI 140 All Out (3pts) by 7 wickets
Ashford 2nds returned empty-handed after the long drive to Stocksbridge.
Put into bat, Ashford lost wickets at regular intervals with only Matt Fountain (15) making double figures in the top five. Skipper Simon Davies (49), supported by Oli Watson (17) and Stuart Knight (17) managed to make the total respectable, but it proved far too small to defend on the large outfield. Bob Murfin (7-58) was Stockbridge’s chief destroyer.
In reply, the home side were always in control of the run-chase as an unbeaten 91 from Matthew Howe ensured victory was secured with 17 overs to spare. Fountain, Watson and Rob Ellis took a wicket apiece for Ashford.