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Ashby Hastings Cricket Club 1st XI v Syston Town 2nd XI on Sat 16 Jun 2018 at 1300
Ashby Hastings Cricket Club Won by 4 Wickets
Ashby edge out Syston in thrilling run chase
Ashby Hastings put together a fabulous run chase in an exciting encounter against Syston Town.
Ashby won the toss and elected to field, a game plan that has worked for them now for a season and a half. As the hosts took to the field, it felt as though they were going to have to work harder than normal. Syston managed to hit 8 boundaries in the first four overs. Richard Lewis did manage to pick up a wicket in this period however thanks to a good catch from Ben Blance. Dylan Buckthorp then struck with a wicket of his own when he bowled Patel for a duck.
The second wicket bought Cooper to the crease and he joined Royle, who looked in fine form. These two batted together for 23 overs and this frustrated the Ashby team. The bowlers bowled well however, with Eddy Ikin and Mike Davies keeping it tight and starting to reduce the run rate. Syston took the total to 125 for 2 and Ashby needed wickets. Tom Yates turned to last seasons leading wicket taker, Sam Perkins, to try and break this partnership. It took Perkins one ball before he bowled Cooper for 38 and then he struck again two balls later when he trapped Dyer leg before wicket, Syston were suddenly 4 down.
Ravat now joined Royle at the crease and was immediately given a lifeline. Ashby veteran Ian Knox dropped what can only be described as a dolly at mid-wicket. Knox managed to have 4 attempts at the catch but managed to juggle them all. Ravat made the hosts pay as he raced to 45 not out. Royle finished with 77 and Syston posted a very good score of 209 for 8 off their 45 overs.
Tom Yates and Spencer Clark walked out to begin Ashby’s reply, however Clark soon returned to the clubhouse as he was caught behind for just 4. This bought Ashby’s danger man Eddy Ikin to the crease and he and Yates started to build a partnership. They struggled to score quickly but it was crucial that they laid the foundations for the chase. They put on 83 in 24 overs before the heavens opened.
The rain meant that Ashby were given a revised total, they needed 183 off 37 overs, meaning they needed 100 runs off their last 13 overs. Yates fell straight after the break and Ashby sent in their big hitters. Buckthorp joined Ikin and the rate soon picked up. Ashby started to find the boundaries and when Buckthorp departed, Richard Lewis joined in the fun.
Eddy Ikin was the main man in the chase though, he finished with 63 and with super support from Lewis, Perkins and Brooks Ashby managed to get across the line with 4 balls to spare.
Ashby Hastings travel to Lutterworth this Saturday, they are looking to continue their incredible start to the season.
Syston Town 2nd XI Batting
for 8 wickets
209 (45.0 overs)
Ashby Hastings Cricket Club 1st XI Bowling
Richard P Lewis
Ashby Hastings Cricket Club 1st XI Batting
for 6 wickets
Richard P Lewis
Syston Town 2nd XI Bowling
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