Ashford start with win over Baslow

Ashford-in-the-Water got their YDCL season off to a winning start, but not without a scare as they beat visitors Baslow by four wickets.

Winning the toss, Baslow elected to bat on an unseasonably dry wicket, thanks mainly to the new roll-on, roll-off covers purchased by Ashford over the winter.

The home side struck early, however, as debutant Adam Yarwood (2-15) got some good bounce to force an error from opener George Poole.

New skipper Peter Marsden then removed Harry Kidd (7) before Kevn Rowney (2-5) trapped Chris Cowley (12) LBW.

John Carrington (1-13) bowled an eventful spell from the unfamiliar Meadow End, before Marsden (4-26) removed the tail.

Only Fraser Kirkman (13) offered any resistance in what must have been a disappointing total of 71 all out for the visiting side.

Ashford’s reply could not have started in worse fashion, with four wickets falling for just six runs as Andy Hone (5-26) bowled through his 12 overs in a bid to salvage a result for Baslow.

But a partnership of 28 between the aggressive Zac Dann (19) and Yarwood (27 not out) retrieved the situation for the home side.

When Dann was dismissed, young Sam Ellis (9) showed maturity beyond his years to get Ashford close to the winning post, but it was the experienced Simon Davies (13 not out) who was standing at the non-striker’s end as Yarwood finished the game with a six.

Kirkman (1-16) was Baslow’s other wicket-taker.