Ashburton first team hosted Chagford on Saturday in an early season basement battle.
After losing the toss and being asked to bowl Chagford made slow progress against Ashes new ball pairing of Dom Durman and new overseas recruit Akif Sohail. Sohail was luckless as he beat the outside edge numerous times but Durman picked up a couple of wickets to leave Chagford 39 for 2. Opener Del Lammonby dominated the middle part of the innings as he compiled a fine 77 but his partners found runs harder to come by as Chris Yeo (9 overs, 1 for 28) bowled with great control. Chagford were well set at 140 for 4 but wickets then tumbled towards the end of the innings as they attempted to increase the scoring rate as Lloyd White (3 for 11) and Sohail (2 for 26) reduced them to 166 for 8 after their 45 overs.
Ashburton's reply started poorly as only Lloyd White (15) made any headway and at 32 for 4 they were staring down the barrel. Matt Churchill (34) and Martin Causey (22) rebuilt with a stand of 44 and then James Rush (23) joined Churchill to add a further 32. Dom Durman (17) chipped in and then it was left to Sohail (23no) and Chris Yeo (4no) to take the team to victory with 2 wickets to spare.
Ashburton skipper Ashley Berry said after the game "An important win in the context of our season. By far the best we've been in the field and it's great to see the depth in the batting we know we have. Akif looks a handy acquisition and paired up with Dom very well with the new ball. I'm delighted with the maturity Matt and James showed with the bat to see us home. Hopefully, now we can build on this foundation and string some results together".
Ashburton seconds travelled to Dartington looking to maintain their unbeaten record.
Ashes won the toss and asked Dartington to bat first and this decision looked an interesting one as despite good spells from Robin Lambert, Andy Harvey and Tom Higgs they opened up with a stand of 91. Harvey Field (1 for 16) bowled excellently to break the stand, his first league wicket, and thereafter wickets fell regularly to Russ Lacey (4 for 28) , Jack Churchill (2 for 18) and Jake Bartram (1 for 21) as Darts finished on 169 for 8 after 40 overs.
170 looked a tough chase on a pitch that was showing signs of variable bounce but Marcus West (51) anchored the chase and alongside Jake Pascoe (19) opened up with a stand of 70. Russ Lacey (22), Robin Lambert (17) and Jack Churchill (11) all chipped in and then it was left to Andy Harvey (15no) to plant the ball for 6 and see Ashes over the winning line with 4 wickets and 9 balls to spare.
Akif Sohail (2 for 26) and 23 not out
James Rush (23)
Matt Churchill (34)
Martin Causey (22)