Baslow bring Ashford’s run to an end

Yorkshire & Derbyshire League

After five consecutive victories, Ashford-in-the-Water were brought back down to earth on Saturday at the hands of Baslow who produced a convincing display to win by 65 runs.

Batting first, Baslow’s openers Chris Cowley (19) and George Poole (4) fought through some testing bowling from Adam Yarwood (3-16) and captain Peter Marsden (0-26) before Tom Knifton-Smith took a spectacular diving catch at gully to dismiss Poole.

Young Tom Elleker impressed with a watchful and patient innings of 20 and along with Harry Kidd (17) and more attacking innings from Elangasinghe (26) and Hone (25), Baslow began to take advantage of the intense heat, fast outfield and uncharacteristic fielding errors from Ashford to move the score along.

The introduction of John Carrington (3-18) saw a respite in the progress, but with a flurry of extras and the lower order chipping in with runs Baslow were able to post a decent score of 165 all out.

Ashford’s innings got off to a steady start before Matthew Cork (4-21) saw James Bentley (11) well caught behind by Elleker.

A brisk 16 from Sam Ellis was then the only other score of any note as Ashford’s normally reliable middle order succumbed meekly with Sam Cork (2-12) swinging the ball prodigiously being one of the Baslow benefactors.

Peter Marsden (23 not out) swung the bat at the end of the innings to good effect to enable Ashford to rescue some valuable bonus points, but it proved to be a disappointing day for the team from Mill Lane and a deserved victory for Baslow.