ASHBOURNE won promotion from Derbyshire County League Division Eight South on Sunday despite their match with Washlands being abandoned.
Although main challengers Draycott & Hanbury lost to Barton, Ashbourne knew they had a job to do and , put into bat by Washlands, they put on a total of 233, with Rob McCurrach having a great day with the bat, hitting 131 runs to help them get to a big score.
In reply, Washlands were going slowly on for 87-4 when play came to a halt when the rain came down to end the game and Ashbourne celebrated promotion.
Brad Lewis ended with bowling figures of 3-10 as the team look forward to next season in DIvision Seven South.
The previous day, Ashbourne claimed a more crucial victory over promotion rivals Melbourne.
Melbourne batted first and an impressive bowling performance saw them out for just 71 runs thanks to Wayne Tunstall (5-14) and Shane Wibberley (4-11).
Ashbourne’s reply was fiery with Tunstall hitting 58 not out and along with Tom Jordan, took Ashbourne to their target in the 13th over.
Ashbourne seconds took a losing draw from their game against Yoxall on Saturday after allowing their opponents to amass a total of 176-8.
Pegg was the best of the Ashbourne bowlers with four wickets.
In reply, Mark Massey pushed his way to his half century as wickets fell around him and, along with Dave Wood, saw the team to a draw, finishing on 134-8.
On Sunday, the seconds drew with already-promoted Rolls Royce.
Rolls Royce batted first and put on a total of 226-9, as Anthony Shaw took 4-74 and Robin Penfold 3-48.
In reply, Hugh Newsome (47) and Scott Fleming (46) put on a good partnership before both falling short and the game was abandoned due to rain.
CLIFTON finished third in Division One after back-to-back wins over the final weekend.
On Saturday, they beat Elvaston by three wickets, despite their opponents posting 235-8, as Matt Wilson carried his bat to 112 not out.
On Sunday, Clifton beat Ilkeston Rotland by nine wickets as their opponents were all out for 99, and Kalan Joyce (49no) and Nick Birds (39no) knocked off the runs in 23 overs.