Battling Ashford-in-the-Water seal dramatic one wicket win

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Ashford-in-the-Water beat Parkhead by one wicket after a low-scoring and tense encounter.

Ashford won the toss and elected to field on a pitch which has soaked up rain showers throughout the morning and the promise of more to come.

A tight opening spell by the bowlers saw runs hard to come by and Parkhead made slow, but steady progress until the breakthrough came with 30 on the board as the introduction of Kev Rowney to the attack.

Wickets fell steadily throughout the innings with the only resistance coming from opener Andrew Keywood, who made a solid 54 out of the total score of 82.

Parkhead had reached 81-4, but they folded rapidly with six wickets falling for just one run.

Pick of the Ashford bowling attack was Rowney who for the second week took 5 wickets (12-3-31-5), backed up the opening attack of Pete Marsden (5.1-3-6-3) and Joe Muir (9-5-10-1).

Ashford soon found their reply in all sorts of trouble as they crumbled to 16-4.

Wickets continued to fall with the target looking a long way off at 48-7, but Tom Knifton-Smith dug in, well supported by James Rivington and the score edged forwards slowly.

The Parkhead bowlers applied the pressure and when Knifton-Smith fell for a patient 45 with the scores tied there was a twist as another wicket fell on the next ball to ramp up the tension wih Ashford on 82-9.

Rivington finished the match with a boundary and the job was done, but credit to the Parkhead bowlers and, in particular, Keywood who starred with the ball as well taking five wickets (12-6-11-5) with support from Dave Mason (7-2-8-2).

This slim victory moves Ashford back into second place with Medics not playing this weekend.

The next fixture on August 26th sees Sheffield Medics travel to Ashford in what will be a competitive game with both teams eyeing up Division One as second plays third in a clash for the final promotion spot.