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Longstone League

Ashford in the Water 95-6 beat Longstone 67 all out by 28 runs

Ashford fielded an inexperienced side containing six juniors for the visit of Longstone, but it was the old hands who showed the way.

Asked to bat first on a very damp wicket, Ashford lost an early wicket but this simply brought together club stalwarts Simon Davies and Julian Henson, who doggedly battled through the trying conditions.

Progress was painfully slow but a partnership of 63 was exactly what was needed. Davies finally went for 43 and when Henson departed 30 runs later for 27, the innings stuttered to a close on just 95.

Longstone’s reply began in similar fashion, with Jamie Carrington (1-11) and Joe Muir (1-9) striking early and each bowling their four overs extremely economically.

The visitors found conditions even more difficult, crawling to 21-2 from their first eight overs. The introduction of Ashford’s third 40-plus veteran in John Carrington saw the wickets begin to tumble.

Carrington ripped through the lower order to finish with 5-28 as Longstone capitulated to just 67.

Dronfield Woodhouse 1st XI 179-8 beat Ashford in the Water 1st XI 124 all out by 55 runs.

On Saturday, Ashford’s batting shortcomings were exposed in this YDCL Division Two game.

Electing to bat on a drying wicket, Woodhouse lost a wicket to the first ball of the match as Peter Marsden (4-69) bowled an impressive first spell. The visitors were well on top with the score on 46-4 as Kevin Rowney (3-25) restricted scoring opportunities.

However, a partnership of 70 took the game away from Ashford. The lower order added vital runs as the home side finished on a competitive 179-8.

Ashford’s reply started very brightly with 47 coming off the first six overs as Jamie Carrington (39) cashed in on loose bowling. But the loss of two wickets exposed the fragile batting line-up and only the maturing Zac Dann (26) threatened to push home the early advantage. The introduction of the loopy slow right-arm of John Bridgett proved irresistible to the Ashford middle order but they were quickly ensnared in his web as he wove figures of 6-26. Ashford folded to a disappointing 124 all out.

Ashford in the Water 2nd XI 154-6 lost to Sheffield Medics 1st XI 155-2 by 8 wickets

In YDCL Division Five, Ashford 2nds were given a stern examination by Sheffield Medics. Electing to bat first, the home side lost wickets at regular intervals.

Partnerships of 53 between Stuart Knight (13) and captain Simon Davies and 57 between Rob Ellis (10) and the skipper gave the total respectability as Davies ended on 77 not out in a total of 154. Then the visitors made batting look easy, reaching their target in 30 overs.