Yorkshire & Derbyshire League
Ashford-in-the-Water maintained their recent good form in dispatching local rivals Bakewell on a scorching hot Saturday at Mill Lane.
Winning the toss and electing to bat for the first time this season, Mick Clark (3-22) and Paul Fearn (1-15) quickly made the decision look foolish as they took out the top three in the order with only 14 on the board and left the Ashford middle order a long rebuilding job.
Central to the Ashford recovery was young Sam Ellis (42) who mixed solid defence with attacking flair to gradually see the score move upwards.
A 40-partnership with Simon Davies (14) saw the score creep past 50, before Tom Knifton-Smith (14), Adam Yarwood (16), Joe Muir (15) and captain Peter Marsden (15) all contributed to what ended up a solid if unspectacular score of 152 all out.
Absences meant Ashford’s regular bowling attack was not in complete attendance, so the pressure was on to see how the league leaders coped in unfamiliar circumstances.
Dave Hadfield was first to go, caught behind the wicket by Davies off Yarwood for 4, before quick work from Tom Knifton-Smith saw Lee Tann run out for 7.
Another wicket for Yarwood (2/13) and a first for Marsden (1/20) saw Bakewell subside to 18-4, before Paul Hunter (14) and Richard Reed (19) raised the score to 60-4.
However, the introduction of Muir swung the game back Ashford’s way. He took 4-23, aided by Will Annison (2-12), and Bakewell quickly subsided to 76 all out with 29 overs of the game to spare.