Price is right for Ashford

Ashford in the Water 171–3 (5pts) beat Bakewell 108–7 (0pts) by 63 runs

Ashford completed their Longstone League campaign with an emphatic victory over a lacklustre Bakewell side as they finished runners-up.

Electing to bat first, the home side lost a wicket to the very first ball before Julian Henson (22) and Phil Price put on exactly 100. The innings was dominated by Price who completed his century in the final over to end 103no, including ten sixes. He was ably supported by Dominic Pathe (15no) as the Bakewell bowlers were made to toil.

Although Bakewell never looked capable of threatening their hosts’ target, they stuck at their task doggedly. James Wallace (15) and Armstrong (20) put on 29 for the first wicket and Mick Clark (14) briefly threatened to up the ante before he became the first of three victims for Rob Ellis (3-36). John Carrington (3-15) again bowled tightly as the visitors were 63 runs short.

Longstone League Knockout Cup Final. Darley Dale 84-1 beat Ashford 83 All Out by 9 wickets

Ashford will have to wait another year to win the League Knockout Cup after a disappointing performance in Friday’s final.

Asked to bat on a very grassy wicket, Ashford were soon in deep trouble with their top three batsmen back in the hutch for just 13, thanks to tight bowling from Adrian Kershaw (3-15) and Simon Cotterill (1-8). Darley had obviously learned something from their league thrashing earlier in the season, making six changes and their experience showed as wickets continued to fall. Dominic Pathe (10) and John Carrington (20) briefly gave Ashford hope, but with extras top scoring on 22, the total of 83 was never enough.

Darley’s reply was not without incident as Andrew and Jacob Hartley set about the Ashford attack. Their aggressive strokeplay included several lofted shots just wide of fielders, but they rode their luck to set up an emphatic victory.

YDCL Division 2. Parkhead 2nd XI 146 All Out (25pts) beat Ashford in the Water 1st XI 103 All Out (5pts) by 43 runs

With several regulars at Bakewell Carnival, Ashford suffered a hangover from their defeat the night before as they went down to bottom side Parkhead.

The visitors made their customary good start, snaring eight wickets for 99 runs. Joe Muir (4-49) again led the attack, supported well by Kevn Rowney (2-40), Jamie Carrington (2-41) and John Carrington (2-8) from his seven overs. However, the final two wickets yielded 47 though the target of 146 did seem small with the short boundaries.

Jamie Carrington (33) and Andrew Paulett (14) got the reply off to a brisk start before Paulett went on 39. With the next four wickets falling for 18, and the innings closed tamely with 25 overs still left unused.