Ashford hit new low on field as team bowled out for 54

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Ashford’s season hit a new low on Saturday when they were bowled out for just 54.

The day had started well, with the home side winning the toss and electing to bat on the first glorious Saturday of the summer.

And Ashford progressed smoothly enough with Simon Davies (23) and Cameron Higginbottom (9) putting on 24 for the first wicket.

However, wily veteran Andy Hibbert (6-24) made the breakthrough, snaring both openers in successive overs to leave Ashford 34-2 after 16.

Following drinks, the Ashford batsmen seemed to have let the sun get to them with a succession of rash shots and poor decision-making ensuring that the wickets were added more quickly to the scorebook than the runs. In an innings containing five ducks, the stranded Julian Henson (8NO) watched on helplessly as his five partners managed to muster just three runs between them, with Colin Vickers (3-13) helping himself to easy pickings.

Ashford were determined to show some fight in defence of their paltry total and immediately got some reward, with Peter Marsden (1-11) trapping Anthony Siddall (0) for what looked a generous LBW.

However, the fight-back was short lived as Wayne Hughes (41NO) rode his luck thanks to more sloppy work from Ashford in the field.

Together with David Codd (11) Hughes went on to secure a comfortable victory for the visitors in just the 12th over.