Ashburton first team travelled to play Stoke Gabriel. Stoke won the toss and elected to bat and did well to reach a final total of 193 all out on a pitch with plenty in it for the bowlers. Chief run getters were Jake Robinson (54), Jack Tolley (34), Isaac Mapima (21) and Harrison Yeats (20) as well as a generous helping of 45 extras from the Ashes bowlers. Matt Coon (9 overs, 3 for 40) picked up wickets in the middle overs, Aditya More (9 overs, 2 for 11) bowled with great control and then Chris Yeo (7 overs, 3 for 29) picked off the stragglers at the end.
In reply, George Yabsley (29), More (27) and Dan Coles (18) took Ashes to 97 for 4 leaving 96 needed from the final 16 overs. James Fraser (14), Matt Churchill (16) and Ryan May (16no) all attempted to keep pace with the required rate, but the Stoke bowlers gave little away and as the run rate increased, the pressure started to tell and wickets fell regularly. Ashes eventually all out for 161, 33 runs short of victory with 16 balls remaining.
After the game skipper Steve Edmonds said "Quite simply not our best day at the office. When you bowl 40 wides and no batsman gets to 30, you don't expect to win many cricket matches. There's glimpses of potential in everyone at the moment, but we're just not showing the application needed with bat or ball to come even close to realising that potential. Next week will be a good challenge away at Plymstock and a chance for us all to get stuck in and show how we can really play.".
Ashburton second team fared better at home to their Babbacombe counterparts emerging with a hard fought 11 run victory.
After losing the toss and being asked to bat skipper Phil Pascoe (69) hit a fine half century and in partnership with Toby Pascoe (26) and then Greg Robinson (20) took Ashes to 145 for 2. A collapse then followed as Harry Jack (5 for 22) and Henry Stubbs (3 for 35) picked up regular wickets as Ashes were all out for 165, the the last 8 wickets falling for just 20 runs added.
Babbacombe found run scoring hard in reply, as Robin Lambert (8 overs, 1 for 20), Greg Robinson (8 overs 1 for 16) and Will Coon (3 overs, 2 for 15) gave little away. Jack Allcock (46) batted well and in partnership with Sonny Ronson (17) got Babbacombe to 111 for 4. Toby Pascoe (3 for 38) then dismissed both in quick succession and with Luke Pascoe (2 for 25) also picking up wickets, Babbacombe finished their innings on 154 for 9.
Ashburton second team captain Phil Pascoe, who scored a match winning 69 on Saturday.