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Late stand sends the leaders to a first loss

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: June 25, 2014

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ASHBOURNE held their nerve to send Derbyshire County League Division 7S leaders Etwall 2nds to their first defeat of the season.

The visitors claimed a two-wicket victory to claim a 22-point haul.

Ashbourne put the home side into bat on a fast track.

With a limited amount of bowlers, they did admirably against a good Etwall side.

Wayne Tunstall bowled well, taking 3-31, as did Shane Wibberley (2-38), with Tom Jordon also taking two wickets as the hosts were bowled out for 175.

After tea, Ashbourne were on the ropes at 60-6 but a good partnership between Sam Roberts and Marcus Bateman gave them slight hope.

Roberts was eventually out lbw for 30 and Bateman followed as the game swung back in Etwall's favour.

Ollie Maudling and Wibberley came to the crease at 115-8, with 61 runs still needed for victory.

After a few boundaries, they went for the win, both playing superb shots and both being dropped along the way.

The pair saw Ashbourne over the line, with Maudling finishing 33 not out and Wibberley unbeaten on 34.

Ashbourne seconds have gone top of Division 10S after two wins at the weekend.

On Saturday, they won by 123 runs at home to Melbourne Town thirds.

The hosts batted first and posted 225-4.

Bryn Williams and Roger Glitheroe put on a useful 54 for the first wicket.

Hugh Newsome top-scored with 68, while skipper Bryn Williams made a fine 56.

In reply, Melbourne were dismissed for 102, with Anthony Shaw taking 5-19 from 10 overs and Vinny Pegg chipping in with 3-37.

On Sunday, Ashbourne won by 92 runs at local rivals Clifton thirds.

After winning the toss, the visitors posted 178-8.

Brad Clowes was unbeaten on 39 after new signing Nilesh Mishra had scored a useful 20, while the team were helped by 54 extras.

Charlie Birch, who had added 19 not out, then starred with the ball as Clifton were shot out for 86.

Birch took 6-25, with Tim Rider claiming 3-22.

That win lifted Ashbourne to the summit, one point ahead of Elvaston fourths.

The new leaders visit Yoxall seconds this Saturday, while the first team are at home to Brailsford seconds.

ON Friday, Ashbourne Cricket Club host an under-11 Kwik Cricket event on Ashbourne Recreation Ground, with barbecue and refreshments, from 6.30pm.

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