Ashford beaten after batting collapse

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Ashford were beaten by 140 runs against Sheffield Collegiate after a batting collapse.

An early breakthrough for Ashford left Collegiate on 1-1, but that merely brought Chris Stewart to the crease.

Stewart set about the Ashford bowling and despatched the ball to all points of the ground as he hit a stunning 162 off 124 balls with 26 fours and 2 sixes before eventually being caught close to the end of the innings.

Stewart was well supported by Josh White (J), who scored 46, as they put on 121 for the second wicket and then Mark Hickman (51 not out) joined him for a third wicket partnership of 133.

Collegiate closed on 267-3 from their 46 overs and the Ashford bowlers all took some punishment with the only wickets falling to Joe Muir (2-60) and Adam Yarwood (1-13 off 5 overs).

Ashford’s response never recovered from a clatter of early wickets, which left them reeling on 35/5.

A sixth wicket partnership of 56 between Simon Davies and Ben Drury (21) saw the score climb to 91 before Drury was out.

Davies continued to score freely and was eventually out for a breezy 72 containing nine fours and three sixes.

Ashford closed on 127 all out with the credit going to the Collegiate bowling attack with excellent contributions from Tom Wellman (J) (5-21), Josh White (J) (2-13), Alex Willis (J) (2-37) and Rob Priestley (J) (1-15).