After a decent run of 5 wins in their last 6 matches Ashburton first team travelled to Shaldon missing several players from the previous weeks win.
Heavy overnight run on an uncovered pitch meant Shaldon did not hesitate to bowl first when they won the toss and Ryan Bougard (9 overs, 4 for 10) exploited the extravagant movement off the pitch in the early overs to reduce Ashes to 39 for 4, only Lloyd White (25) offering early resistance.
As the pitch dried it became easier to bat on and thirteen year old Jake Pascoe (25) anchored the rest of the innings in a knock that belied his young years. Chip ins from Chris Yeo (18) and George Marshall (14) got Ashes up to 129 as they were bowled out in the 44th over with Todd Ballman (3 for 15) taking late wickets for Shaldon.
In reply Shaldon coasted to victory as openers Andy Lockyer (69no) and Will Moore (57no) added 134 unbroken to win the game inside 23 overs.
Skipper Ashley Berry said "A tough game in tricky conditions but it was good to see the younger members of the squad impacting on the game; Jake Pascoe and Tom Rush taking their chances well. We go again against Bridestowe next week".
Lloyd White (25)
Jake Pascoe (25)
After a run of 4 straight defeats Ashburton 2nds fared a lot better as they won a hard fought game at home to Yelverton 2nds.
Yelverton reached 105 for 5 with wickets for Greg Robinson (2 for 30), Jerry Crouch (2 for 33) and Marcus West (1 for 18). Russ Lacey then ran through the lower order on his way to fine figures of 5 wickets for 15 runs as Yelverton were all out for 160.
The reply was anchored by West with a patient 43 and useful chip ins from Lacey (28), Robinson (26) and youngsters Jake Bartram (16) and Nial Kemp (14) ensured that Ashes reached their target in the final over with two wickets in hand. Another young debutant Toby Pascoe hitting the winning runs for a special win.