TOM Jordan carried his bat and his side to a victory over Rosehill Methodists 2nds that keeps them right in the Division Eight South promotion race.
His 82 not out, combined with a devastating eight-over spell with the ball from Shane Wibberley, who ended with figures of 5-37, saw the visitors to a five-wicket win.
Captain Chris Fryer elected to bowl and put Rosehill to the sword, with Wibberley putting on his best bowling performance of the season as they bowled their opponents out for 146 runs.
Ashbourne’s reply was steady but competitive and with Jordan’s knock of 82 around wickets that fell saw Ashbourne to victory, passing the total in the 36th over, and finishing on 147-5 to collect 22 points.
Ashbourne seconds made it six games unbeaten after beating Washlands seconds.
Washlands batted first and Roger Glithero took two wickets in the first over to have the visitors in trouble.
But while captain Jeff Wardle held his wicket, other players were losing theirs and with Anthony Shaw and Vinnie Pegg bowling well, Washlands were eventually 95-9 off the allocated 46 overs.
Pegg took 2-11, Glithero 2-19 and Shaw 3-14.
Robin Penfold and Shaw opened the batting for Ashbourne with the former starting well with a couple of early boundaries.
The partnership was going along nicely until Shaw was caught out and bowled by Woods for seven runs.
Tarr came to the crease and he and Penfold played cleverly and picked out their shots to see them to victory, finishing on 96-1 with Penfold 46 not out and Tarr 31 not out for 22 points.
CLIFTON seconds put a couple of disappointing results behind them with a resounding victory against an in-form Aston on Trent seconds that confirmed their Division Six status for next season.
Aston brought their aggressive brand of cricket with them, trying to score boundaries off every ball, but this was their undoing as they lost wickets on a regular basis, usually in the deep.
Clifton’s Vinny Nair (3-43) and skipper Malcolm Earnshaw (4-38), reaped the rewards of some tidy bowling, reducing the visitors to 98-8 before partnerships for the last two wickets pushed the score up to 139.
Callum Earnshaw managed to wrap the innings up by taking the middle stump of the opposing captain for 35.
In reply, the home side never looked in danger as they set about their business in emphatic style, initially seeing off the opening bowlers before taking the rest of the attack apart.
Club stalwart Philip Marsh (35 not out) took a more measured approach to his innings, whilst his partner Mathew Yardley (95 not out) hit 15 boundaries in a knock that deserved a century but the win came too soon.