Ashburton first team travelled to Dartington and Totnes for week 5 looking to climb out of the C division West bottom 3.
Skipper Ashley Berry lost the toss on a surprisingly damp looking wicket and was soon at the crease as Charger Lloyd White fell for a duck. Berry and Kevin Nicholls regrouped taking the score to 60 for 1 before Nicholls aggravated a quad injury and was forced to retire hurt. Berry fell soon after for a well made 36 and wickets then fell at regular intervals as runs were hard to come by.
James Dark (18) was the only other batter into double figures and it was left to Nicholls, who returned towards the end of the innings with a runner, to take the total to 126 all out being last man out for 34.
Dartington also found runs hard to come by but faced with such a low total they could afford to be patient and wait for the bad balls to come. Matt Churchill (9 overs, 2 for 8) bowled excellently dismissing both openers leaving Darts 48 for 2 before a partnership of 67 took the game away from Ashes and despite a couple of late wickets Darts ran out 6 wicket winners with 7.4 overs to spare.
Skipper Berry said afterwards "We aren't playing badly but we need to knuckle down and turn close results into wins. As the first team squad settles down and with the addition of new overseas signing Akif, I'm sure we'll be capable of those wins soon".
Ashburton two's fared better at home to Paignton 3rds as they made it 5 wins from 5 at the top of F Division West.
After winning the toss and batting Jake Pascoe (56) and Marcus West (40) opened up with a find stand of 119. Skipper Chris Yeo (39no) and Tony "Buzz" Lacey (12no) provided some late innings impetus to leave Chargers on 193 for 3 after their 40 overs.
The Paignton reply never really got out of first gear as all of the bowlers used were economical. Jerry Crouch (2 for 19) and Jake Bartram (2 for 22) were the pick as the Paignton reply finished well short on 123 for 7.
Skipper Chris Yeo said afterwards "It was a good game played in excellent spirits with youngsters from both sides impressing. Our bowlers kept things tight and the fielding was good too with Jack Churchill performing well behind the stumps and Jake Pascoe taking an excellent catch and making a key run out".