Yorkshire & Derbyshire League
With a weekend break from league competition, the focus at Ashford turned to the annual fixture versus Great Longstone for the Peter Rotherham Memorial Trophy on Sunday.
The day is always a significant one in the season’s calendar as both teams meet not just to compete for a trophy, but in helping to raise funds and awareness for ‘Helen’s Trust’, which seeks to support people with an incurable illness to assist them to be able to stay in their own home.
Ashford batted first but a disasterous start saw the home side slip to 17-4 with John Carrington (3-28) being the chief tormentor, ably assisted by Paul Rotherham (1-18).
However, Dan Stewart began to exert his class scoring a fine century (106) to all corners of the ground. Scores of 33 by Simon Davies and 13 by Martin Rix were the other significant contributions in seeing Ashford through to a healthy score of 202 at the halfway point.
Longstone began their reply in a steady manner with Rotherham (11), J Frankland (34) and Will Brocklehurst (19) all making contributions, whilst Joe Muir (2-7) was the pick of the bowlers.
The father and son combination of John and Jamie Carrington then came together in the innings best partnership of 65 before Rix (2-30) removed the younger Carrington for an elegant 52 and Adam Yarwood (2-7) bowled John Carrington for a patient 24.
From there on in the only major resistance offered was 20 from P Shimwell and with 12 required from the last over Ashford ran out victorious by just ten runs.