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No mercy as leaders hand out 9-wicket thrashing

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: June 18, 2014

  • Ashbourne's Sam Goosey plays off his legs during Saturday's defeat at Hartshorne (main picture). Rob McCurrach watches on as Hartshorne's Martin Parker bowls (above). Darrel Clamp chases down the ball during Ashbourne's innings (below).

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LEADERS Hartshorne gave depleted Ashbourne a harsh lesson as they handed out a thrashing in County League Division 7S.

While 10-man Ashbourne were made to battle for every run on their way to 130 all out, their hosts careered to victory in 28.3 overs with only one wicket down.

The day started badly for Ashbourne with captain Greg Fletcher pulling out through illness and they travelled with 10 men.

Vice-captain Andy Hill lost the toss and Hartshorne chose to bowl.

Ashbourne reached 26 but Richard Bloor had scored only two of them before he was the first man out.

Fellow opener Sam Roberts made 23 but Ashbourne wickets continued to fall steadily.

Rob McCurrach battled for 31 and it was left to Hill to ensure that at least one batting point was collected as he made 36 before becoming one of five victims for Mohammed Nusrat, whoc took 5-17 in 8.3 overs to see off the bottom of the order.

Ashbourne's innings was done in 37.3 overs and, realistically, 130 was never likely to be enough.

Although Shane Wibberley took a wicket for the visitors with the score on 16, it was to be their only success, as it brought in Matt Eames, who hit out successfully to reach an impressive 75 not out.

His captain, Darryl Clamp, was happy to perform a supporting roll at the other end and finished on 38 not out in Hartshorne's nine-wicket win, Ashbourne therefore taking only two points from the game.

ASHBOURNE seconds are up to third in Division 10S and still unbeaten but were left frustrated as visitors Washlands showed no inclination to chase down a target of 192-9 at the Recreation Ground.

Ashbourne lost the toss and were asked to bat, with John Ford Junior and Roger Glithero starting brightly.

Glithero made 24 before he was bowled with the score on 45.

Hugh Newsome joined Ford and runs were flowing with regular boundaries.

Ford reached his 50 and was looking good for plenty more until he misjudged the pace of a ball and was caught and bowled for 62, the second wicket falling on 106.

Wickets then fell regularly and Ashbourne found themselves in trouble on 135-7.

Anthony Shaw batted sensibly to hold the lower order together and Chris Fryer scored a quick 19.

Shaw was on a valuable 33 not out and Tim Rider 11 when the innings closed on 192-9.

Ashbourne bowled well after tea but were frustrated by the impressive Washlands openers, with Kevin Sanders especially hard to break down.

The breakthrough came after 19 overs when Vinnie Pegg had Matt Ganley caught behind but the one they needed was Sanders.

They got him thanks to a brilliant piece of fielding by Hugh Newsome after captain Brynn Williams brought himself on to bowl.

Newsome took a superb one-handed catch low down from a powerful shot and the Washlands opener was gone for an excellent 53.

Without him, however, Washlands were even less ambitious and though Ford bowled two men when he was brought on and Williams finished with 4-29 from 10 overs, the visitors played out the draw at 119-8.

This week, the firsts are away to Etwall on Saturday, while the seconds have a double header, at home to Melbourne on Saturday and at Osmaston Polo Ground against Clifton on Sunday.

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