Ashford go up despite abandonement

Yorkshire & Derbyshire League

Heavy and consistent rain late in the afternoon saw Ashford’s match versus Sheffield Collegiate abandoned as a draw - but that subsequently confirmed Ashford’s promotion to Division One with the third placed team now unable to catch them.

Put in to bat on a windy, overcast afternoon, Ashford lost a wicket to the first ball of the game and followed it up with another with the score on 8.

It was left to Cameron Higginbottom and Dan Stewart to revive the home club’s fortunes. Stewart played the aggressive role hitting six boundaries whilst Higginbottom was more cautious in his accumulation of runs.

The score had reached 71 before Stewart holed out for 40, quickly followed by Sam Ellis, leaving Simon Davies (17) and Adam Yarwood (27) to offer Higginbottom (31) the support he needed to see Ashford through to something like a decent score.

All the lower order contributed with a handful of runs, but coupled with Nick Varley’s 5-25 the innings fell away to see Ashford dismissed for 146.

In response, Collegiate openers Chris Stewart and junior Matthew Belton looked like they were taking the game away from Ashford at 52-0, when the promised rain began to sweep in over the Mill Lane ground.

After a period of persistent rain it was eventually agreed to call off proceedings leaving Ashford to await the outcome of the derby match between Baslow and Calver, which turned in the favour of Ashford and saw Pete Marsden’s team guaranteed promotion with two fixtures to play.