Ashford now on the brink of title glory

Yorkshire & Derbyshire League

Ashford-in-the-Water are now within four points of claiming the Division Two title after a nail-biting finish to their clash with Calver.

Ashford, batting first, had a steady start with Bentley and Muir resisting the Calver attack, whilst at the other end Simon Davies scored 35 with some freedom, mainly in boundaries.

Ben Drury hit 17 but a first appearance of the season by Ed Coxhead (1-25) and some clever bowling by Doug Howie (2-21) started to turn the innings back in Calver’s favour.

It was only a rugged partnership between captain Peter Marsden (16) and Adam Yarwood (25) that gave the home side some hope of posting a decent total as Dave Harlington cleaned up the lower order, finishing with 4-27.

The Calver reply in pursuit of 119 to win began steadily with Paul Beuchamp (15) and Peter Boot (14) looking relatively at ease in the face of some challenging bowling.

However Yarwood (2-30) got the all important breakthrough and 31-0 soon became 37-5 and then 58-6, whereby the game was once again in the balance.

But the experienced pairing of Doug Howie and Roger Bramall were in no mood to give up the fight. A partnership of 39 once again left Ashford wondering if another wicket would come and it was only an inspired second spell of bowling by Marsden (5-25) that saw Ashford creep home to victory by 15 runs, Doug Howie with 34 being Calver’s man of the moment dismissed 9th man out.

Next Saturday sees Ashford travel to Weston Park to see if they can claim the title.