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WEEK 9 MATCH REPORTS - Firsts win thriller, Seconds lose at top of the league

July 2, 2018

Ashburton first team entertained Kingsbridge who were joint top of the division.


Skipper Ash Berry won the toss and had no hesitation batting first on a baking hot day. The Chargers innings was built around a century from Lloyd White who returned to form with a sublime 102. There were chips in from Berry (11), Dan Coles (15) and Martin Causey (10) as Ashes reached 105 for 5. A partnership of 52 between White and James Darke (16) provided the platform for some late order hitting and Dom Durman with 33 off 21 balls duly obliged towards a final total of 231 for 9 in 45 overs.


In reply the Kingsbridge innings was also based around a fine century from Freddie Ford as Ashes struggled for wickets on a flat pitch. When Ford was dismissed by Durman for exactly 100 at 210 for 3 there was only 22 required off 4 overs and a Kingsbridge win looked a formality. However Durman picked up a further two wickets to finish with 3 for 39 as the new batsman struggled to get the ball away. Tight bowling at the other end meant that Kingsbridge reached the last over needing 9 to tie and 10 for the win. A miscalculation in the number of overs bowlers had used meant Ashes needed someone to bowl it and up stepped White. It went wide, single, single and he then took a hat trick as three Kingsbridge batsman skied the ball looking for quick, runs. This left 6 to tie off the last ball and Kingsbridge could only manage a further single as Ashes snatched a remarkable win by 5 runs.


After the game skipper Ashley Berry said "Two good knocks from Lloyd and Freddie made this a really good, closely contested game and it's one of those where you need to keep your nerve. I felt at the crucial moments we did that better and that's why we came out on top. We spoke before the game about turning narrow losses into victories. We've been playing well without ensuring the points we deserve and, with a solid team performance with everyone doing their bit, I believe we deserved that today".


 Lloyd White - 102 and 3 for 15 including a hat-trick



Ashburton second team travelled to play Kingsbridge seconds who were top of the league and were soundly beaten.


After winning the toss and batting a total of 142 all out was well below par as only Kevin Nicholls (44), Jake Pascoe (25), Tom Rush (21) and Jerry Crouch (21no) got to grips with the Kingsbridge attack.


In reply Kingsbridge raced to the win in just 17.3 overs without losing a wicket.






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