ASHFORD in the Water reached their second consecutive Longstone League Knockout Cup final by defeating Calver by 19 runs on Monday.
Electing to bat, Jamie Carrington (16) soon set about the home team’s attack, but it was the belligerent batting of Phil Price that set up the win.
In a brutal innings of 71, including nine sixes and just two fours, Price left Calver scrambling to find spare balls to bowl with.
Supported by the becalmed Simon Davies (18), the pair put on a partnership of 76 for the third wicket. Taking the pace off the ball, Doug Howey (4-21) managed to stem the flow of runs, but contributions from Will Brocklehurst (11) and Matt Fountain (13) pushed the total past 150. Jim Mundy (2-19) was Calver’s next best bowler.
Ashford effectively killed off Calver’s chances with a fast start in the field, reducing the home side to 10-3 in the third over, as Jamie Carrington (2-15) bowled another impressive spell.
Mundy (31) briefly threatened to get Calver back in the game, but wickets fell at regular intervals, despite useful contributions from Angus Hodgson (21), Howie (30) and Peter Boot (22 not out). Kevn Rowney (3-34) was again the lead wicket-taker, with Joe Muir (2-43) and Rob Ellis (1-38) chipping in.
Ashford will now be looking for a better display in this year’s final on June 29 at Longstone, where they will play Elton or Darley Dale.