Ashford suffer nine wicket defeat to Eckington
Ashford suffered a nine wicket defeat to Eckington in Division 5NN of the Derbyshire County Cricket League
Ashford won the toss and elected to bat on what looked to be a hard, dry track.
However, Ashford struggled to assert any authority and soon found themselves struggling against a tight, Eckington bowling attack.
29-4 soon became 56-5 with only the opener Ted Rowland (26) reaching double figures in the top 5 batsmen.
The batting recovery was due to Tom Knifton Smith (91) who had a partnership of 70 with Doug Howie (22) to bring some respectability to the score before being out agonizingly close to a century.
A final flourish from Joe Muir (38) pushed the Ashford score to 217 all out from their 40 overs.
The Eckington bowling attack highlights were Jake Booth (4-36), opener Oliver Hulme (3-19) and a wicket apiece for Steven Nicholas (1-16), Aaron Green (1-23) and Simon Cope (1-31).
The Eckington reply never really looked in trouble with the solitary wicket to fall being the opener Jake Ludlam (29). Steven Nicholas made a fine century finishing on 103 not out, well supported by opener Chris Ludlam (77 not out) as Eckington sealed victory in the 38th over.
Joe Muir (1-35) took the only wicket to fall for Ashford.
Next weekend sees Ashford playing back at home against Clowne Town CC 2nd XI.