Updated: Jul 25, 2022
Ashburton travelled to play Shaldon on an overcast Saturday and after losing the toss they were asked to bat.
On a pitch that was challenging to bat on due to very erratic bounce, opener George Yabsley produced a superb knock of 81. He added 35 with opening partner Lloyd White (9), 48 with Ash Berry (14) and 53 with Dan Coles (19) before being dismissed at 136 for 3. Unfortunately wickets then tumbled as only Aditya More (10) made it into double figures and Ashburton were all out for 185 in the 43rd over.
In reply Shaldon found batting just as tough as skipper Steve Edmonds produced a fine opening spell bowling 9 overs straight through and taking 5 wickets for 42 runs. He was backed up well by Matt Coon (1 for 32) with only Ruben Minaar (11) and Curtis Hayes (19) reaching double figures.. Tsehpo Legodi (28) offered some resistance down the order before More (2 for 6) and Chris Yeo (1-0) polished off the stragglers as Shaldon were all out for 85 in the 20th over.
After the game Edmonds said "A very satisfying win for us on what was a great day for the club. Foundations were laid by Yabs who batted beautifully in very trying conditions for his 81. The top order chipped in around him, and those partnerships were key in us getting what proved to be an above par score. We knew the somewhat interesting pitch would help us with the ball and so it proved. It was good to get both their openers out early doors again, and we were confident it would just be a procession after that with the ball spitting from everywhere.".
Ashburton opener George Yabsley who scored a fine 81 versus Shaldon (credit Julian Preston)
Ashburton second team entertained Stokeinteignhead and, after losing the toss, were asked to field first. Hugo Longrigg (86) scored the bulk of Stoke's runs while wickets fell regularly at the other end as only Roger Putman (28) offered much meaningful support. Jack Warren (3 for 38) and AJ West (2 for 25) were the pick of the home bowlers as Stoke were all out for 177 in the final over.
The reply started well with Marcus West and Warren (29) putting on 82 for the opening wicket. Rob Lambert (17) chipped in and then it was left to West to see his side home finishing on an excellent unbeaten 93. Sam Higgs the other not out batsman as the target was passed in the 34th over for the loss of 4 wickets.