Ashburton first team travelled to play Plympton 2nds who were previously winless. After losing the toss they were surprised to see Plympton elect to bat after a morning of showers.
They picked up an early wicket when Lloyd White ran out Felicity Leydon-Davis who has played women's international cricket for New Zealand. Dom Durman (1 for 29) also picked up a wicket as thirteen year old Jake Pascoe making his first appearance for Ashburton 1st XI held onto a skier.
George Marshall (2 for 37) and Chris Yeo (2 for 25) bowled with great control in the middle overs as Plympton were reduced to 80 for 6. Jason Degg (40) and Jacob Caunter (35) fought back with a fine partnership until both were dismissed by Lloyd White (2 for 45) as Plympton finished on 197 for 9 after 45 overs.
The reply started badly when Ashburton lost Tony Lacey cheaply and this brought skipper Ashley Berry to the crease. He added 31 with Lloyd White (15) and a further 40 with Dan Coles (12) as Ashes reached 89 for 3 at the halfway stage. Martin Causey then joined him and the pair batted superbly taking the score to 155 before Berry fell for an excellent 76. With the light fading and five an over needed for the win James Rush chipped in a quickfire 10 and then Jake Pascoe capped a fine debut by hitting three fours in succession to ease the Ashburton nerves and see Ashes home by 5 wickets with 10 balls to spare. Causey finishing unbeaten on 54 and Pascoe 14no.
After wards skipper Ashley Berry said "We're now finding the sort of performances we know we're capable of. Plans are being executed and chances taken. Plympton tested us at the back end of their innings but we were clinical in ours. Dom and George did a great job with the ball in the first half to restrict them and it was good to see Marty hit form with the bat and Jake finish the game strongly on debut. We look forward to our trip to Bovey next week."
Asburton two's hosted Brixham 2nds and after being invited to bat the Ashes innings was dominated by stand in skipper Marcus West. His fine 74 was the only double figure knock and with the help of 27 extras helped the chargers up to 129 all out.
West wasn't finished there as he then took 4-13 with the ball and was backed up well by his sons Ashton (3 for 15) and Kirkby (1 for 23) as well as Robin Lambert (1 for 11) and Jerry Crouch (1 for 22) as Brixham were dismissed for 125 agonisingly 4 runs short of victory.
Afterwards West said "Defending 129 on a good track was always going to be difficult but I could not be prouder of the team. They never once thought they weren't going to win. The young lads in particular stepped up to the mark in all areas and never let their heads drop."
Ashley Berry (76)
Martin Causey (54no)
Jake Pascoe (14no)