ASHBOURNE’S bad run of form continued on Saturday when they clung on to a losing draw against second-placed Etwall 2nds, and they will now have to win the last three remaining league games to stand a chance of promotion from Derbyshire County League Division Eight South.
Ashbourne won the toss and put the visitors into bat, and they made 185-4 thanks largely to opener Steven Butterworth.
The visitign wicketkeeper carried his bat to an impressive 89 not out – the top score in the match.
He was supported by Justin Dalton (30), Matt Wilton (20) and Chris Lee (19no).
Ashbourne’s reply was poor and only Richard Bloor (16) and Andy Hill (42) broke into double figures among the top nine batsmen.
A defeat looked on the cards, but last-par Marcus Bateman (12no) and Chris Fryer (20no) saw out the final 14 overs to claim the draw.
A YOUTHFUL Ashbourne seconds came away from Melbourne with a stunning victory.
Melbourne batted first, but the visitors bowled them out for 149 in the 44th over.
Ashbourne played themselves into the game very smoothly and opening bat John Collins batted through to the 42nd over for 22 important runs.
After the rest of top order fell cheaply, it was up to captain Vinny Pegg to throw Ashbourne a lifeline by hitting 75 not out to help guide his side to victory.
On Saturday, Ashbourne are away to Rosehill Meths while the seconds play at home to Washlands 2nds, 1.30pm start.
On Sunday, a Presidents’ XI will take on an Ashbourne XI side on the Recreation Ground. All players are to meet at 12.45pm for a 1.30pm start.