DEFEATS home and away to rivals from Elvaston made it a gloomy weekend for Ashbourne CC.
The firsts were beaten by Elvaston thirds in the delightful surroundings of Elvaston Castle Country Park, just south of Derby, while the seconds were beaten at home by Elvaston fourths.
The result was particularly damaging for the firsts, who could have closed the gap on Elvaston in third place in Division Seven South if they could have pulled off another win.
As it was, they lost the toss and Elvaston chose to bat on what turned out to be a decent track.
There were two early breakthroughs for Ashbourne, with Richard Bloor having Andrew Johnson caught for 12 and Rob McCurrach having Robert Clark caught for a duck.
However, Jack Blaver and Inderpal Sahota started to pile on the runs for the home side.
Andy Hill (3-44 from 11 overs) and McCurrach (2-42 from 11 overs) bowled tidily enough but Blaver went on to make 88 and Sahota 46.
Elvaston's later order came and went in pursuit of quick runs, while number 10 Jonathan Ball hit four fours in 21 not out at the end.
Ashbourne did not help themselves by conceding 37 extra, including 16 wides, in a total of 241 all out, McCurrach taking the last wicket with one over of the scheduled 46 left.
The early loss of Tom Jordan, bowled by Jordon Hughes, did not help Ashbourne's cause when they began a difficult chase and though Sam Roberts made 24, Marcus Bateman (14), Richard Bloor (0) and Brad Clowes (8) did not stay long.
McCurrach chose aggression as the best policy, hitting three fours and three sixes to score 30 of his 31 in boundaries, while skipper Greg Fletcher made 26, with five fours.
But Ashbourne had no answer to the home side's captain, Ball, who worked his way through the lower order to take 6-45 from 12.3 overs.
John Ford hit three fours at the end but he was last man out to Ball and the innings closed well short at 166 from 45.3 overs – nine balls short of securing a losing draw.
There was no joy for the seconds either.
Brynn Williams (43), Hugh Newsome (36) and Henry James (39) all made good scores in what looked a useful total of 167-9 from 46 overs.
However, young Elvaston opener Chris Taylor chose this day to hit his first century for the club, finishing on 101 not out as they reached their target in only 32 overs, with only two wickets down.
Ashbourne firsts will hope to return to form at home to Draycott & Hanbury on Saturday, while the seconds are away to Abbots Bromley.