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Ashby Hastings Cricket Club 1st XI v Shepshed 2nd XI on Sat 01 Jul 2017 at 1pm
Ashby Hastings Cricket Club Won By 8 Wickets
Ashby Hastings put another team to the sword.
Shepshed 87 all out
Ashby Hastings 88-2
Ashby win by 8 wickets
Ashby Hastings complete the first half of the season with a comprehensive 8 wicket victory over Shepshed Cricket Club.
After winning the toss Ashby decided to put Shepshed into bat, a formula which has been successful for the Hastings this season. The home side had to be patient early on. The reliable opening bowling pairing of Mike Davies and Richard Lewis started very well. Lewis was the man to take the first wicket thanks to a catch from Joe Brooks at mid-on.
Shepshed then put together a decent partnership, largely thanks to their young number 3, Clarke. He batted well and looked more confident than most have done against the pace of Lewis and Davies. He and Shilliam put on a partnership of 31, before the latter was bowled by Lewis with an almost unplayable delivery that just clipped the top of off stump. Davies kept trotting in from the Market Street end and was unlucky not to get wickets earlier. He clearly found the edge of Evans’ bat only to be denied by a strange umpiring decision and a reluctancy to walk from the batsman (a decision he may later regret).
By the time drinks had arrived the Ashby opening bowlers had done the majority of the damage, they had restricted the visitors to 72 for 5. Lewis took 3 wickets and eventually Davies got the 2 wickets that his hard work had earned. The reliable spin duo of Sam Perkins and Chris Beck were then introduced, and it was the former who did the majority of the damage this week. Perkins took 4 wickets for 10 runs in just 4 overs and Beck chipped in with a wicket of his own. This meant that Shepshed were all out for 87.
Ashby felt comfortable chasing the low target: Spencer Clark and Tom Yates set about it at pace. Clark with his usual aggressive style hit early boundaries before he was caught for 19. Eddy Ikin joined the captain at the crease and the pair kept up the run rate. Ikin raced to 25 before being trapped LBW for 25.
Yates gave a chance of his own when he lobbed a catch up to mid-off where the previously unpopular Evans was stood. Much to the delight of the spectators, Evans preceded to drop the fairly simple chance.
This left the door open for Yates to get another not out, taking his batting average to over 140 and maintaining Ashby’s unbeaten start to the season.
This victory marked the halfway stage of the season. Ashby reach the turn with 11 games played, 10 wins and one abandonment. The Hastings sit at the top of the table and hope to maintain this incredible streak when they host Stoke Golding next week.
Shepshed 2nd XI Batting
for 10 wickets
86 (27.3 overs)
Ashby Hastings Cricket Club 1st XI Bowling
Richard P Lewis
Ashby Hastings Cricket Club 1st XI Batting
for 2 wickets
Richard P Lewis
Shepshed 2nd XI Bowling
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