Two ties, a cup victory and a defeat in busy week for Ashford

Longstone League Knockout Cup

Longstone 41 all out lost to

Ashford in the Water 128-5 by 87 runs

Ashford reached the final of this year’s Longstone League Knockout Cup with a crushing victory over local rivals Longstone.

Put in to bat on a very green track, the visitors made a steady start with Jamie Carrington (17) striking two lusty blows before falling to Danny McGovern (2-34).

Julian Henson (13) supported Andrew Paulett, striking eight fours and three sixes in an unbeaten 79.

Josh Bennet-Kerr (2-27) chipped in with a pair of wickets but Longstone were left with a stiff target of 128 to chase.

Ashford soon had a strangle-hold on the match as Carrington (4-26) and Kevn Rowney (4-10) ripped through the home side’s line-up.

Only Bennet-Kerr (14) and Thorpe (11) reached double figures in the carnage and it was left to John Carrington (2-2) to complete proceedings in just the ninth over.

Ashford will now face Darley Dale in the final at Longstone on Friday, July 1st.

Longstone League

Ashford in the Water 1st XI 127-6 tied with Elton 127-4

It looks as though the Longstone League title could be decided by bonus points for the first time this year as Ashford and Elton played out a thrilling tie at Mill Lane.

Asked to bat, the home side were soon in trouble at 14 for 2 as Craig Elliot (3-9) restricted scoring opportunities and removed the openers in the process.

It was again left to Julian Henson (43) to rebuild the innings patiently, in the process becoming only the second player in the club’s history to reach 10,000 runs.

When Henson was joined by Zac Dann (36) the pair put on 61 for the fourth wicket, before Henson finally fell to Paul Carson (2-44). Peter Marsden hit a quick 18 to leave Ashford with a very competitive 127.

Elton made their customary circumspect start to their run-chase and Jamie Carrington (1-25) took an early wicket, but Elliot (51) together with Rob Lightfoot (38) put on 76 for the second wicket.

The visitors got to within striking range and it was Captain Carson (22*) who hit the scrambled two which gave Elton a share of the spoils.

Elton still head the table with two games yet to play by virtue of gaining more bonus points.

YDCL Division 2

Millhouses Works 2nd XI 138 all out tied with Ashford 1st XI 138 all out (15pts)

Ashford were involved in their second tie in four days at Millhouses in the YDCL.

Having been put in to bat on a green wicket, the home side were soon under pressure at 22–4 as Peter Marsden (4-47) continued his good form, supported by Joe Muir (2-16).

However, a partnership of 58 between John Pedder (25) and Azhar Khan (23) gave Millhouses a fighting chance and when Peter Holmes (40) took to the Ashford bowling, the game was well and truly on.

Phil Price finished with 2–26 as Millouses reached 138 in their final over.

Ashford began their reply slowly before Dominic Pathe was first to depart for 24 and Jamie Carrington (30) became the first of three batsmen to be adjudged lbw.

Julian Henson (14) suffered a similar fate but a patient knock of 37 from Price seemed to have swung the match firmly in the visitors’ favour as he was well supported by James Bentley (9), who appeared to have hit the winning runs only for him to also be given out lbw.

With the scores tied, Price became the first of three batsmen to fall as Ashford failed to collect the single needed for victory, meaning the points were shared.

YDCL Division 5

Ridgeway 2nd XI 146-7 beat Ashford 2nd XI 145 all out by three wickets

Inserted to bat, Ashford made a poor start losing two wickets with only 11 runs on the board.

But Oli Watson and Simon Davies sought to lead a recovery and the partnership had reached 85 before a loose shot by Davies (41) saw Ridgeway start to take control again.

Ashford soon subsided to 128-9 before a late flourish from Stuart Knight (19) saw them dismissed for 145, Watson (55) contributing his third half century of the season.

Ridgeway were always under pressure, losing wickets at regular intervals to the excellent Connor Woodworth (2-38) and Robert Ellis with a season’s best figures of 5-47.

However, the experience of Ridgeway’s Lee Keys (51) gradually saw the visitors close in on the target and with just five balls to spare they eased to victory by three wickets.