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Ashby Hastings Cricket Club 1st XI v Newbold Verdon 2nd XI on Sat 29 Jul 2017 at 1pm
Ashby Hastings Cricket Club Won by 31 Runs
Ashby Hastings still unbeaten!
Ashby Hastings 200-4
Newbold Verdon 169 all out
Ashby win by 31 runs
Ashby Hastings bowled Newbold Verdon out with four balls to spare, to claim all 30 points and to extend their lead at the top of the league.
Newbold Verdon won the toss and asked Ashby to bat. The rain had made the outfield slow and the wicket difficult to bat on, so Ashby were on the back foot. Chris Dooley had replaced Chris Beck at the top of the order and he and Spencer Clark got off to a good start. They hit boundaries regularly and Ashby quickly moved onto 49 off ten overs. Clark’s aggressive nature was his downfall however; he was caught off the bowling of Healey for 22.
Dooley departed soon after and Ashby found themselves 63-2. Chris Beck and Adam Hoult then built a good partnership and took Ashby past 100. Beck was finding the boundary and Hoult did a good job of keeping the scoreboard ticking. They moved onto 117 before Hoult was caught off the bowling of Mawlesbury for 26.
Captain Jake Poole walked to the crease on the back of a good innings against Grace Dieu the previous week and continued his good form. Ashby batted sensibly through the middle overs and timed their acceleration nicely. Both Poole and Beck were finding the boundaries with some lovely sweeps from Poole and reverse sweeps from Beck. Poole fell for 33 with 2 overs to go, Beck finished not out on 71 and the home side managed to reach 200 off their 45 overs.
Ashby were happy with their total despite the fact that the pitch was getting easier to bat on and the outfield was getting quicker. They managed to strike early in the Newbold innings with opening bowler, Alex Cooper, picking up a wicket with his first ball. Davies then struck in the seventh over when his short ball was too quick for Cartwright.
Newbold then managed to put on a partnership, however the scoring rate was well behind what it needed to be. Ashby changed their attack and turned to Sam Perkins and Chris Beck. Both bowlers had an immediate impact. Beck got Wilkinson thanks to a catch from Joe Brooks and Perkins got Kirby thanks to a swift stumping from keeper Spencer Clark. Newbold found themselves 72-4.
These wickets bought Ball to the crease and he batted quite superbly. He accelerated the visitors run rate and got his side back into the game. His only problem was a lack of support from the other end. Wickets were falling around him, mainly thanks to Beck who took another two.
Ball could not chase Ashby’s 200 on his own and as the game entered the final 5 overs the visitors were 157-6. Beck struck in the 41st over thanks to a good catch on the boundary from Perkins, who then got his own wicket in the 42nd and Ashby had a chance to bowl the visitors out and claim the maximum amount of points. As the last over started Newbold were 8 wickets down and 31 runs short. It looked as though it would be a draw until Ball, who was now on 63, was caught by Tom Scott off the first ball of the final over. The Ashby fielders were all around the bat, and with the next ball Beck claimed his fifth victim and claimed the win for Ashby.
Ashby will travel to Loughborough Outwoods next week with a 50 point lead at the top of the table.
Ashby Hastings Cricket Club 1st XI Batting
for 4 wickets
Newbold Verdon 2nd XI Bowling
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Newbold Verdon 2nd XI Batting
for 10 wickets
169 (44.2 overs)
Ashby Hastings Cricket Club 1st XI Bowling
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