Ashford take the honours in local derby

Yorkshire & Derbyshire League

Ashford-in-the-Water maintained a small points hold on second place in Yorkshire & Derbyshire Division Two with a comfortable at Bakewell on Saturday.

Opting to bowl first on a slow wicket, Ashford found the Bakewell openers, Lee Tann (47) and Dave Hadfield (25), looking relatively untroubled in a well-constructed opening stand of 63.

It was only with the dismissal of Hadfield by Joe Muir (2-23) that Ashford began to make inroads into the Bakewell innings, aided by energetic fielding, Zac Dann taking a spectacular one-handed diving catch on the boundary to dismiss Baker-Pearce (4).

Young Kieran Clark batted well for 11, but Adam Yarwood (4-24) and Cameron Higginbottom (3-24) proved too testing in bowler friendly conditions for most of the Bakewell line up, only captain Roy Peach (12*) showing any resistance as Bakewell were 142 all out in 46 overs.

The Ashford reply began well with James Bentley (9) and Higginbottom (29) putting together a solid 35 partnership before both were dismissed by Mick Clark (2-51) in the space of seven runs.

This brought together the Dan Stewart and Ben Drury who pushed Ashford close to victory with an imperious stand of 86, Stewart hitting eight fours and two sixes.

It was only with the introduction of juniors Jack Madin (1-18) and Tom Ford (1-4) that saw Stewart (65) and Drury (20) both dismissed leaving Sam Ellis and Zac Dann to guide the visitors home with 16 overs to spare.