A THIRD consecutive defeat for Ashbourne seconds has put a big dent in their County League Division 10S promotion hopes.
Losing the toss against Abbots Bromley seconds, they were put in on a slow outfield, with the game starting late after the morning rain and the contest reduced to 37 overs a side.
Hugh Newsome stood firm for Ashbourne, battling to an innings of 52, but only Tim Rider also reached double figures, with 12 not out, as they edged to 116-8.
It was never likely to be enough against a strong Abbots Bromley side and although Rider and Roger Glithero took an early wicket each, opposition captain Ian Ronson steered his side to a four-wicket win on 23.2 overs with 65 not out.
Ashbourne firsts' game at home to Draycott & Hanbury was cancelled owing to a waterlogged pitch.
The firsts are away to Little Eaton on Saturday, while the seconds are at home to Hilton.
BRAILSFORD'S Division Three game at Denby seconds was reduced to 30 overs aside once the mopping up had been done from overnight and morning rain.
Matt Dowling won the toss and put Denby in but they scored too freely on a pitch that was offering plenty to the bowlers.
Johan Van Niekerk and Duncan Player restricted them initially but Anil Bria hit 56 and Mark Payne 39.
Payne angered the Brailsford side when he appeared to glove a ball down the leg side – a wide was given – and was dropped two balls later.
Dowling picked up 3-30 at the death but Denby's 193-6 was a tall order to chase.
Garry Cresswell (3-11 from eight overs) put Brailsford behind the clock and they had to settle for a draw at 113-6.
Brailsford's seconds, similarly, bowled first in a game reduced to 29 overs and saw Elvaston thirds pile up 200-4.
Brailsford gave the chase a good go, with Kevin Bould smashing 85 not out, but they also had to settle for a draw on 175-5.
CLIFTON'S new development team made a promising start despite falling just short in their friendly match against Allestree.
Early wickets for Jordan Godfrey and Callum Earnshaw gave Clifton encouragement after they lost the toss and there was accurate seam bowling from Ben Gregory and Michael Gerrard.
A flurry of wickets stalled Allestree, with skipper Edd Wilson taking two and Adam Gerrard his first senior wicket as the hosts made 191-6 in their 35 overs.
Clifton lost Gregory and Mike Moran early in their reply but Josh Dutton and Ollie Sadler put on 22 before Sadler was bowled.
Godfrey got off the mark with a huge six and he and Dutton batted fluently until Dutton was caught and bowled for a well-earned 32.
A 34-run partnership between Godfrey and Michael Gerrard saw Godfrey pass 50 – his first in senior cricket – with a sublime drive through the covers.
When he was out, Wilson and Godfrey needed 90 runs in 10 overs. They kept Clifton in touch until Godfrey fell for 64.
The side finished 11 runs short at 180-7, with Wilson 49 not out and Adam Gerrard five not out.