Ashburton first team made the short trip to Bovey Tracey in week 8 for a local derby.
Bovey 2's won the toss and batted and got off to a fast start. Akif Sohail then struck twice in quick succession to leave them 34 for 2. Derek Perry anchored the innings for Bovey as Matt Churchill (2 for 33) bowled an excellent spell in the middle overs as Bovey reached 106 for 5 at the halfway stage.
Russ Lacey (2 for 45) bowled tidily and when Tom Higgs (1 for 8) picked up Perry for a gritty 50 the Bovey innings was teetering at 146 for 7. Unfortunately some late order hitting coupled with some ragged fielding saw Bovey up to 217 before Sohail was re-introduced to knock over the tail and finish with fine figures of 4 for 41.
The Ashburton reply got off to the worst possible start as Lloyd White was dismissed second ball shouldering arms to one that nipped back. Skipper Berry and Tony "Buzz" Lacey then produced a fine partnership of 123 that seemed to be taking the game away from Bovey.
Berry was then dismissed for an excellent 60 and Lacey fell not long after for a dogged 44 leaving Ashburton 148 for 4. Wickets fell regularly thereafter as Ashes struggled to keep up with the required rate and they were bowled out for 183 losing by 34 runs with 26 balls remaining.
After a 7 game winning streak, Ashburton second team lost their unbeaten record at home to Chudleigh seconds. Ashburton won the toss and inserted Chudleigh who were struggling at 45 for 5 as Robin Lambert (1 for 27), Jerry Crouch (2 for 41) and Harvey Field (3-19) bowled well. Chudleigh then fought back and when Ashton West (3 for 21) took the final wicket they had reached 204.
The Ashburton reply never really looked like threatening this as only Robin Lambert (35) made a notable score. Nick Yabsley (15), Tom Rush (10) and Harvey Field (10) all chipped in but Ashburton fell well short on 112 all out.
Akif Sohail - 4 for 41
Ashley Berry - 60