Ashford make winning start

Calver 1st XI 144 all out lost to Ashford in the Water 1st XI 146-5 by five wickets

Visiting Calver CC in April is usually a damp affair, but on winning the toss in blustery conditions, Ashford asked the home side to make first use of a dry pitch in this Yorkshire and Derbyshire Cricket League Division Two fixture.

Calver made a brisk start as boundaries came freely from Ed Coxhead (23) before Joe Muir (1-26) struck in the sixth over. Kevin Rowney (3-24) took the second wicket soon afterwards, but Calver continued to score at a steady pace.

The introduction of Peter Marsden turned the match firmly in Ashford’s favour as he took 5-37 in ten devastating overs.

Josh Steer (27) and Matthew Cork (23) were the only batsmen to offer any resistance as Marsden ripped through the middle order.

Calver’s final total of 144 always seemed too small to defend on a diminutive ground.

In reply, Ashford also started quickly with Zac Dann (20) freeing his arms, having been promoted to open.

The visitors raced to 50, but also lost wickets at regular intervals thanks to a five-over spell of 3-24 from Angus Hodgson.

Brief contributions from Will Brocklehurst (12) and Phil Price (10) ensured that the runs continued to flow, before John Carrington (31) set about the home team’s attack. But it was the old head of Julian Henson who steered Ashford to victory, showing patience as wickets fell at the other end.

Fittingly, it was a straight six from Henson that sealed victory in just the 26th over as he finished on 44 not out. Cork (1-31) and Jim Mundy (1-24) were Calver’s only other wicket takers.

Ashford 2nd XI 148-4 beat Chesterfield Barbarians 3rd XI 147 all out by six wickets

Winning the toss, Ashford asked the visitors to bat in Division Five of the YDCL and were soon among the wickets. Connor Woodworth (3-32) and Rob Ellis (3-40) spearheaded the attack as none of the Barbarians’ batsmen were allowed to settle.

Indeed, the highest contribution was just 17 from Sam Lawson, with extras comfortably top-scoring on 46. Will Knifton-Smith (2-20), Oli Watson (1-5) and Matt Fountain (1-22) were Ashford’s other wicket takers.

In reply, Ashford made a good start with Fountain (34) and Kevin Stolz (21) putting on 50 for the first wicket. A brisk 25 from Ben Cooke hurried the score along to 83 before he became Tony Rolfe’s (2-32) second victim.

There then followed two unfortunate run-outs before captain Simon Davies (47 not out) and Sam Ellis (11 not out) steered the home side to victory with 20 overs to spare.