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Ashby Hastings Cricket Club 1st XI v Stoke Golding on Sat 08 Jul 2017 at 1pm
Ashby Hastings Cricket Club Won by 81 runs
Ashby Hastings 199-6
Stoke Golding 118 all out
Ashby win by 81 runs
Ashby continued their unbeaten run with a hard fought victory over third in the league, Stoke Golding.
Prior to the game it seemed as though it wasn’t going to be Ashby’s day as for the second time in three matches, captain Tom Yates had to be taken to hospital. He suffered a very nasty dislocation to his finger during the warm up. This coupled with Stoke Golding winning the toss meant Ashby were on the back foot and having to have to bat without their reliable opening batsman.
Chris Beck filled the role alongside Spencer Clark, and the pair got off to a flyer. Both batsman hit early boundaries and moved the score up to 34 off 7 overs before Beck was caught behind for 17. Ollie Hunt joined Clark at the crease, however the normally destructive duo struggled to score as freely as usual. The pair did however bat for a good amount of time and they managed to move the score up to 82 off 22 overs before Clark was trapped LBW for 29.
With Ashby missing a few players Sam Perkins came to the crease for only the second time this season, however his partner Hunt soon departed, as did Ashby’s number five, Joe Brooks.
Perkins batted on and was joined by Richard Lewis. The pair did a very good job of ticking the scoreboard along. They picked up lots of singles with the field set back. The pairing were eyeing up a score of 200, however with just 3 overs remaining Perkins was bowled for 46. Lewis finished 44 not out, and Ashby finished on 199, a competitive score given the strength of their bowling attack.
Stoke Golding’s reply started strongly, however did have an element of fortune to it. Keegan Crawford scored freely, but struggled to find the middle of his bat, he helped the vistors to 40 without loss and it looked as though Ashby may be in trouble.
Richard Lewis eventually got the break through his superb opening spell deserved. He found the glove of Waters, and the ball looped nicely to Ashby keeper Spencer Clark. Crawford continued to look dangerous and made it hard for the seamers.
Stand in captain Chris Beck turned to Ashby’s leading wicket taker, Sam Perkins, who struck immediately, trapping Crawford LBW for 45. Beck joined in the bowling and the two spinners slowed the run rate significantly.
With the pressure building on the visitors the wickets started to fall. Beck got Ryder caught behind, Lewis managed to bounce out the visitor’s number 3 batsman and Perkins picked up two wickets in one over.
The ever dangerous Ashby attack managed to rip through the Stoke Golding line up. Perkins and Lewis both finished with 3 wickets and Beck and Davies both ended with 2 wickets each. Davies with the crucial tenth wicket to wrap up the 30 points for Ashby.
Ashby travel to Long Whatton next Saturday hoping to extend their lead at the top of the table.
Ashby Hastings Cricket Club 1st XI Batting
for 6 wickets
Richard P Lewis
Stoke Golding Bowling
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Stoke Golding Batting
for 10 wickets
118 (37.1 overs)
Ashby Hastings Cricket Club 1st XI Bowling
Richard P Lewis
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