Ashford enjoy derby win over Calver

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Ashford-in-the-Water hit the top of Division Two on Saturday after a victory over local rivals Calver.

Opting to bowl first, Ashford captain Peter Marsden (4-42) soon made the first breakthrough, bowling the inform Paul Beauchamp for three and having young Noah Steer well caught for one.

Opener Peter Boot soldiered on, hitting through the offside when the opportunity arose, and the talented Dougie Howie was Marsden’s next wicket with a somewhat dubious LBW decision, which opened up the middle order for the first change bowler Joe Muir to exploit.

Bowling down the slope with some prodigious movement off the seam, Muir was at times unplayable and dismissed Rodgers and Mundy in one over, flattening the stumps on both occasions.

The vital wicket of Boot for 42 was his next victim after which only Dave Harlington (26 not out) offered much resistance as the Calver innings subsided away to 117 all out, Muir taking career best bowling figures of 6-19.

Ashford’s reply had a shaky start, two wickets falling for just six runs, both LBW to Jim Mundy (3-55).

However junior Sam Ellis lofted a couple of boundaries out of the ground to ease the nerves, and he and James Bentley added 52 before Mundy removed Ellis’s off stump for a well-played 35.

After that, Simon Davies (29 not out) joined James Bentley who ended up with match-winning 44 not out to complete victory for Ashford by seven wickets.