Devon Cricket League - Week 15 Match Reports
Ashburton first team travelled to play Paignton seconds.
After losing the toss on a sweltering day, they were asked to field first and got off to a great start as James Fraser (2 for 29) picked up an early wicket. Steve Edmonds (1 for 26) kept things tight from the other end as just 23 runs were scored in the first 9 overs. However wickets were hard to come by as Brenton Pedley batted through the innings and with good support from Connor Bryan (33) got Paignton to 147 for 2 before Fraser pulled off a stunning, one handed diving catch to dismiss Bryan. Cole McFarland (18) and George Woodcock (17) chipped in before wickets tumbled in the dash for late runs. Pedley out in the last over for 97 trying to reach his ton, as Paignton closed on 223 for 7.
Ashburton started well in reply as Dan Coles (29) was chiefly responsible for getting them to 50 for 1. However his dismissal in the fifteenth over saw wickets fall regularly as Ashes struggled to find any fluency with the bat. Ash Berry (11), Lloyd White (14), Fraser (17) and Chris Yeo (15no) the only other batsman into double figures as Ashes were all out for 131 in 33 overs.
After the same skipper Edmonds said "A real game of two halves from us - after I lost the toss we bowled and fielded very well in stifling heat, on a good pitch and poor outfield to restrict Paignton to 223. Batting-wise we let ourselves down badly, too many loose shots played un-necessarily. We need to be better with our shot selection, if we want to improve, and if we don't start taking responsibility with the bat soon we'll be facing a relegation battle over the next few weeks".
Ashburton second team entertained Bovey Tracey 3rds and, after being asked to bat, Marcus West (99no) was well supported by Luke Pascoe (27) and Jack Warren (11) as they posted 176 for 4 in their 40 overs.
In reply Bovey slumped to 14 for 4 against Rob Lambert (2 for 10) and Pascoe (2 for 42). Andrew Williams got his head down to make a patient 51 and with support from Jack Ansley (23), Shawna Ball (12) and Gethin Williams (23no) they reached 125 for 7. Williams dismissal then saw the last three wickets fall for the loss of 7 runs as Bovey were all out for 134 in the 36th over. Greg Robinson (3 for 20) and AJ West (2 for 34) doing the damage as Ashes were 42 run victors.
Marcus West who's unbeaten 99 led Ashburton seconds to victory.