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Ashbourne climbing with two wins on trot

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: July 02, 2014

By Cricket by Colston Crawford

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ASHBOURNE made it two wins on the trot to climb into the top half of County League Division 7S.

Following the previous week's dramatic win over leaders Etwall seconds, they saw off Brailsford seconds by five wickets at home.

Meanwhile, Ashbourne seconds battled hard to save their unbeaten record with a losing draw against Yoxall seconds which keeps them 20 points clear at the top of Division 10S at the halfway stage of the season – still with a game in hand over their closest rivals.

The firsts chose to bowl when captain Greg Fletcher won the toss, knowing that his bowling was strengthened by the return of vice-captain Andy Hill and Kevin Chambers.

And the decision largely paid dividends, as Brailsford's second string were restricted to 158 all out in 45.1 overs.

Tom Crouch was the only man who really stood in Ashbourne's way as he top-scored with 59 for his side.

Hill proved his value to the side by taking 4-35 and was well supported by Chambers, Shane Wibberley and Rob McCurrach, who weighed in with two wickets each.

Although they lost five wickets, Ashbourne got past their target relatively comfortably with more than six overs to spare, Tom Jordan top-scoring with 63.

Fletcher's men now sit fifth in the division and the target of consolidating their place at this level is looking more achievable by the week.

They have another tough test on Saturday, at home to Hilton seconds, who are one place above them but 21 points ahead.

The seconds were away to Yoxall and looked in good shape when the home side were reduced to 45-5 on a damp wicket.

After an early run out, Brad Clowes and Roger Glithero had taken two wickets each and Glithero was on his way to an outstanding return of 2-22 from 14 tight overs.

However, Yoxall's Simon Archer was determined not tolet Ashbourne have it all their own way and he set about the bowling, htiting a superb 119 not out from 94 balls, with 11 fours and seven sixes, four of those coming in succession as he plundered 25 runs from the last over.

Clowes had continued to chip away at the rest, finishing with 5-45 from 12 overs but Yoxall reached the end of their knock with a healthy 205-8.

Four early wickets for Yoxall soon put paid to any ideas of chasing down the target.

Hugh Newsome (28), Clowes (16) and Anthony Shaw (15) all showed the necessary resilience, with captain Brynn Williams and Alain Pierre Weir seeing out the last overs on 121-9, Ashbourne taking seven points from the game.

The seconds have no fixture this Saturday, while there is a game between the President's XI and an Ashbourne Players' XI at the recreation ground on Sunday (1pm).

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