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Seconds are beaten – but climb up table!

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: July 16, 2014

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ASHBOURNE seconds lost their unbeaten record on Saturday – but climbed one place into the promotion places in County League Division 10 South.

The bizarre situation came about because Clifton have folded their struggling third team in the division and their record has been expunged.

Ashbourne have lost the 27-point win they secured against Clifton.

But unlucky Ticknall had played Clifton twice, beating them with maximum points twice – so they have lost 54 points altogether.

Their fate, therefore, was to beat Ashbourne on Saturday, yet find themselves down from first to fourth in the table.

Although they have also lost three times, Ticknall showed their promotion credentials with a comprehensive win against Ashbourne.

It was a crucial toss for seconds captain Brynn Williams and, when his side were put in, it was Williams himself who held the innings together, defiantly batting for 37 overs for 39 runs.

Next best was Tim Rider with 19 but it was hard going and Ashbourne were 120 all out in the 45th over.

The result then looked to be put beyond doubt as Ticknall raced to 80-0.

A change in bowling brought some hope for Ashbourne, as Henry James took 4-30 but Ticknall got to their target of 121-6 in the 33rd over, opener Matthew Holdgate having scored 53.

Ashbourne firsts enjoyed a comprehensive win over bottom club Trentside in Division Seven South.

Clifton were out of luck in Division One in their trip to Quarndon, while their seconds were beaten at home by Spondon.

Brailsford firsts had no fixture.

This Saturday, Ashbourne firsts have no game and the seconds are away to Castle Donington.

In Division One, Clifton are at home to Rolleston.

Brailsford will be back in action away to Lullington Park in Division Three.

● More match reports and pictures from the weekend on pages 46 and 47.

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