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Hill enjoys day in charge as he leads Ashbourne to win

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: May 21, 2014

  • Draycott & Hanbury's Nigel Moore flicks a delivery from Ashbourne's Wayne Tunstall on to the leg side.

  • A wicket for Ashbourne as Kevin Chambers bowls Draycott & Hanbury's Gareth Newbold.

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STAND-IN captain Andy Hill led Ashbourne to their second win of the season in Derbyshire County League Division 7S.

One wicket and two runs might not have been the greatest playing return for Hill as he took over in the absence of Greg Fletcher but he got things off to a good start by winning the toss and putting home side Draycott & Hanbury in.

Hill then took the first wicket and Ashbourne chipped away at their opponents.

Andy Bloor batted well for Draycott on his way to 73 but the home side managed only one significant partnership, Bloor putting on 50 for the fifth wicket with Tom Gardiner, who made 13.

First change Kevin Chambers bowled economically, taking out three of the middle order at a cost of 30 from 12 overs.

Wayne Tunstall finished with 2-46 from 14 overs and Rob McCurrach took the other wicket to fall as Draycott closed on a useful 188-7 from their 46 overs, helped on their way by 38 extras conceded by Ashbourne, including 23 wides.

However, the Ashbourne batting proved equal to the task.

Tunstall and Sam Roberts got them going with an opening partnership of 49, 43 of those to Tunstall.

Tom Jordan did not last long and Roberts went for 27 with the score at 85.

From there, the in-form McCurrach and Bradbury Lewis put on 62 for the fourth wicket to put Ashbourne within striking distance of victory.

Run rate was not looking a problem but a flurry of wickets raised the concern that McCurrach might run out of partners.

He did not, steering his side past the winning post on 54 not out with 7.4 overs to spare and three wickets in hand.

Ashbourne seconds made it a good day for the club with a comfortable maximum points victory over Abbotts Bromley seconds in Division 10S.

Ashbourne lost the toss and were put in, starting badly when Brad Clowes was caught behind for nine, followed next ball by Hugh Newsome, leg before.

Steve Tarr got things moving with an entertaining 41 before being caught on the boundary.

Vinnie Pegg was out for 21 and Chris Fryer followed next ball to set Ashbourne back again.

However, Anthony Shaw played some good shots on his way to 35 as they were bowled out for 162.

They need not have been concerned, as the total proved plenty.

Brynn Williams took 3-19 as Abbots Bromley were reduced to 69-7 and, with 13 overs left, they were looking to bat out for a draw,.

However, Clowes came on to take 3-4 and bowl them out in the 44th over for 85.

The firsts have a home double header this weekend, with Little Eaton visiting on Saturday and Darley Abbey on Sunday. The seconds are away to Hilton thirds on Saturday.

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