Longstone League Matlock 130-4 beat Ashford in the Water 129-7 by one run
Any chance Ashford had of overhauling Elton for this year’s Longstone League title vanished after another disappointing batting display.
Electing to bat first, Matlock lost an early wicket to Jamie Carrington (2-25), but a partnership of 32 from Milayne (13) and Edward Lowe (31) settled the home side before Carrington struck again.
However, this simply brought Chris Fletcher to the crease along with some more urgency between the wickets.
Despite another good spell from Joe Muir (2-35), clever running along with some fine stroke-play ensured that Matlock reached a very respectable 130 as Fletcher finished unbeaten on 60.
Ashford’s reply began slowly before Carrington (58) and Julian Henson (24) set about the Matlock attack in an attempt to win the match in ten overs and gain a much-needed bonus point.
The pair put on 65 for the second wicket before Carrington fell to John Redhead (3-20) with the score on 78.
When Henson went in the tenth over, the score had reached 98, but some poor shot selection and a lack of urgency between the wickets heaped pressure on the visitors.
Despite Phil Price (15) and Zac Dann (11) reaching double-figures, neither were able to see the job through and it was left to the luckless Will Brocklehurst to face the last ball needing two to win.
Needless to say Brocklehurst was run-out to receive his seventh duck of the season and Ashford fell one run short.
YDCL Division 2
Ashford in the Water 1st XI 138 All Out lost to Hallam 4th XI 140-6) by four wickets
On a very damp wicket, the home side were asked to bat and made a good start as Jamie Carrington (57) seemed to relish the conditions.
However, once he was out with the score on 69, the runs dried up with the pitch, as Julian Henson (13) and Zac Dann (13) struggled to score.
Phil Price (21) briefly threatened to inject some much needed scoring power, but on his departure the innings slumped to a disappointing 138 all out, with Ashford crucially failing to use all 46 overs.
Dave Andrews (7-59) bowled through and was rewarded for his nagging line and length.
In reply, Hallam openers George Thorpe (44) and Joe Maiden (33) rode their luck with numerous chances just missing fielders before both fell to the combination of caught Henson bowled Carrington, who claimed 2-33.
Ashford continued to create chances and the visitors were made to sweat as only Sam Heyes (15) and Ben Woon (16) scrambled to double figures, with Joe Muir (2-27) keeping them under pressure.
However, the small target proved simple enough to reach with still 11 overs to spare.
YDCL Division 5
Hallam 4th XI 80-2 beat
Ashford in the Water 2nd XI 76 All Out by 8 wickets
Ashford seconds visited the new ground of Crimcar Lane for the first time and came away probably wishing the inclement weather had been considerably worse.
With an under strength bowling attack and the overs reduced due to a late start, Ashford chose to bat first and the decision looked to be paying dividends when the new opening partnership of Kev Stolz and Simon Davies posted a classy opening stand of 54.
However, the soft dismissal of Davies for 27 saw a collapse of gargantuan proportions as, with the exception of Stolz who carried his bat for 34 not out, no batsman passed four and Ashford closed on a sorry looking total of 76 all out, with Jonathan Mobbs taking a well deserved 5-29.
In reply, Hallam were never really in any trouble chasing down the target, although Oli Watson (0-13) and Will Knifton-Smith (1-15) gave their best on a day that wasn’t to be one of Ashford’s better ones and saw them fall to an eight-wicket defeat with 18 overs remaining.