ASHBOURNE Cricket Club batted well in their opening game of the Marston's Derbyshire County League season – but were eventually well beaten by Hilton seconds.
Put in at Hilton's ground in the Division Seven South fixture, Ashbourne began well through captain Greg Fletcher and Wayne Tunstall.
Tunstall was particularly fluent, making 54 from 54 balls with eight fours and a six, while Fletcher worked his way to 47 from 93 balls but both of them were accounted for by Hilton's second change bowler, Stuart Harrison.
Tom Jordan added 31 from 35 balls but Harrison bowled him and the rest of the innings fell away.
Ashbourne stuttered along to 154-8 before Sam Roberts, with 25 not out and Oliver Maulding, 15 not out, carried them to a decent total of 197-9 from their 46 overs.
Hilton's openers had to take care in reply against Tunstall and Andrew Hill but the only success in the first half of the inning for Ashbourne saw Tunstall bowl Paul Slaney.
From then on, Hilton took control, opener Chris Whitworth reaching 62 before Tunstall bowled him.
Keiran Slaney dug in for 46 from 95 balls, while Steve Berry made the acceleration with 55 from 48 balls as Hilton reached their target with only the two wickets down in the 44th over.
Hill's figures, 0-21 from nine overs, were respectable, while Tunstall's two wickets cost him 55 from 14 overs.
Ashbourne are at home to Trentside for their second game of the season on Saturday, starting at 1pm.