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Promotion hopefuls denied by Ashbourne

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: September 03, 2014

  • Clockwise, from top: Hartshorne bowler Jake Redfern can't get down quick enough to stop a straight drive from Ashbourne opener Sam Roberts; Roberts trudges off after being dismissed by Martyn Parker; Tom Jordan square drives a ball from Parker during Saturday's Derbyshire County League encounter.

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ASHBOURNE claimed a winning draw at home to Derbyshire County League Division 7S promotion hopefuls Hartshorne.

The visitors, who are third in the table and still have an outside chance of going up, won the toss and chose to bowl first in Saturday's encounter.

Martyn Parker (3-42) made early inroads, removing both openers – Tom Jordan for 14 and Sam Roberts for six.

Henry James made 26 before becoming Parker's third victim.

Rob McCurrach was unmovable, though, on his way to 76 not out.

Nobody was able to stay with him for any length of time, though, as wickets fell at regular intervals.

Ashbourne were eventually dismissed for 162 in 45.1 overs.

There were two wickets apiece for Mazhar Iqbal, Kevin Slater and Jack Gallagher.

In reply, Hartshorne came up short, closing on 144-6 from their 46 overs.

Matt Eames top-scored with 51, with Shaun Watson compiling a valuable 34 not out.

Shane Wibberley took 2-32 from 10 overs, including the prize wicket of Eames, with Andrew Hill returning 2-30 from 14 overs.

James took 1-40 from 14 overs, while Chris Fryer finished with figures of 1-38 from eight overs.

Ashbourne bring the curtain down of their league campaign with a double-header this weekend.

They entertain Etwall seconds on Saturday and visit local rivals Brailsford & Ednaston seconds on Sunday.

ASHBOURNE seconds lost by 22 runs at Washlands in Division 10S.

Washlands struggled to 95-9 from 46 overs – Robin Penfold taking 5-15 – but it proved enough as Ashbourne were bowled out for just 73.

Fourth-placed Ashbourne end their league season with a trip to Melbourne Town thirds on Saturday and a home fixture against Yoxall seconds on Sunday.

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