Ashby Hastings Cricket Club 1st XI v Earl Shilton Town on Sat 03 Sep 2011 at 1.00pm
Ashby Hastings Cricket Club Won AHCC 24pts Earl Shilton 2pts

Match report Ashby continued their charge towards an immediate return to the Premier League in spectacular fashion on Saturday.
On a wicket that has been consistent with the quality which we have seen all season, again the Ashby Grounds men didn’t fail and produced an absolute belter. The grounds men and the back room support staff’s help this season has been outstanding, although not always acknowledged, it is 110% appreciated, particularly by the 1st eleven.
Ashby stand in Skipper Tom Yates lost the toss and surprisingly Ashby were put in to bat, a very strange decision particularly as Earl Shilton were already 25 points behind Ashby going into the fixture and clearly needing to win whilst restricting Ashby to a minimum amount of points.
Yates and Ellis began the proceedings with a steady start, with the main aim of seeing off the new ball before building the foundations for setting a very challenging target for the opposition.
Ellis fell at about the 10th over and Yates followed in about the 15th, with reasonable starts both openers were removed with the score on about 65, George Carline than set about steadying the innings as well as progressing towards the desired target, he fell just after his half century and was ably supported by Jenkinson, Reading, Hunt and Lewis. Ashby completed the innings on 220 for 6, a very satisfactory total and Ashby knowing they were more than capable of defending this total to increase their hold on top spot.
Ashby knew that if they wanted to bowl the opposition out, they had to keep it tight and try to get an early break through, there was nothing in this game for Shilton unless they were to chase down the Ashby total.
As usual this season, the two Ashby openers didn’t fail to disappoint, with Lewis and Lansdowne, bowling with pace and aggression. The latter possibly producing his best display of the season ending with figures of 5-44 backed up by Lewis with figures of 2-40 odd. Wickets fell at regular intervals with Ashby showing a high tempo and level of commitment in the field.
James Neal and Peter Patel were introduced as the two openers began to tire, however as far as Shilton were concerned the damage was already done.
Neal and Patel wrapped up a fine win and this result left Ashby 17 points clear of 2nd place and 47 in front of 3rd with two games to go. In summary, Ashby need 1 point to guarantee and automatic return the Premier League, however, the whole team have one aim now and that is to gain promotion through winning the league in style.
Ashby are under no illusions, they need to keep performing for the next two games at the same high standard which we have become so used to this season. This can then be carried on to the Premier League next year, where big performances will have to be a standard requirement for this determined and ambitious team.

Ashby Hastings Cricket Club 1st XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 6 wickets

(0.0 overs)
Tom Yates Caught  35
Pete Patel  
Ollie Hunt Run out  21 1
Richard P Lewis Not Out  15
Jimmy Neal   1
George Carline Stumped  51
Nigel Ellis Caught  15
Luke Jenkinson Caught  34
Stuart Lansdowne Not Out  0
Ian Reading Caught  15
Sam Perkins   1

Earl Shilton Town Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
No records to display.

Earl Shilton Town Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 10 wickets
90 (0.0 overs)

Ashby Hastings Cricket Club 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Richard P Lewis11.0040220.003.64
Stuart Lansdowne9.014458.804.89
Jimmy Neal2.32414.001.60
Pete Patel1.00111.001.00