Ashford edge much nearer to safety with vital victory

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Ashford in the Water 1st XI 195 -3 (20pts) beat Millhouses Works 2nd XI 194-8 (3pts) by 7 wickets

Ashford made life difficult for themselves on Saturday by dropping catches before ultimately triumphing in a relegation battle played in a very good spirit.

Works decided to bat first and made a steady start with Shiraz Khan (25) and John Summerill (18) putting on 36 runs.

Shiraz was then well caught by veteran Geoff Wright but Bilal Afzal (30) kept the scoring rate high and Rabi Khan (64) took full advantage of a let-off in single figures to plunder the Ashford attack.

Rob Ellis (2-29) shone for the home side, but Kevn Rowney (5-65) helped himself to wickets as he demolished the lower order after skipper Phil Price (1-59) had removed Khan.

Ashford’s reply began steadily with Pete McGrath (14) the first to go with the score on 36, as light rain began to fall.

Dominic Pathe (25) looked assured before playing a loose drive.

However, this brought in Simon Davies, drafted in from the 2nd XI. Together with Julian Henson, the pair set about the bowling as the damp ball became harder to use.

Putting on 105 for the third wicket, they got the home side to within sight of victory before Price (16) added a few quick runs to ease the task.

And it was Henson who saw his side to victory depositing Works’ skipper over the boundary to finish unbeaten on 61.

Eddie Raper (1-39) and Ritu Ghose (2-33) were the visitors’ only successful bowlers.

Ashford have now gone a long way to securing their position in Division Two for a further year.