Ashwell fight to the very end

Ashwell CC 176-8 Burwell 115 all out Ashwell won by 61 runs ASHWELL S fantastic late season run continued with victory in a tense battle to avoid relegation against Burwell. Needing to swap positions with their weekend opponents to stay in CCA Senior Div

Ashwell CC 176-8

Burwell 115 all out

Ashwell won by 61 runs

ASHWELL'S fantastic late season run continued with victory in a tense battle to avoid relegation against Burwell.


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Needing to swap positions with their weekend opponents to stay in CCA Senior Division Three Ashwell, who were put into bat, got off to a slow start.

Openers Steve Parkhouse and Tim Moynihan only managed 20 runs off the first 10 overs and Moynihan managed just 25 before being bowled by a shooter.

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Parkhouse soon followed at the hands of Stannard, Burwell's captain, who went on to have impressive figures of 6-29.

A great innings of 47 from Gary Simmons kept the scoreboard ticking but early departures from Young, Stier, Talks and Parry had Ashwell reeling at 120-7 after 37 overs.

Reaching the allotted 45 overs seemed unlikely at this stage but a match turning knock of 37 from Gavin Donald ably assisted by a 14no from AJ Cunningham saw Ashwell to a respectable score of 176.

Burwell's openers O Williams and A Nash looked comfortable at first and were able to pick off the loose deliveries from Ashwell's seasoned veterans Martin Talks and Gary Simmons, but a series of spectacular catches from Donald, Cunningham and then Richard Young broke Burwell's resolve.

Simmons and Talks both ended up with three wickets and an in-form Alex Griffin ended with figures of 4-28.

The pressure was also applied form Graham Scott with tidy figures of 0-13.

Happily, the contentious void game against Saffron Walden III was not crucial to Ashwell's survival and they will look to bolster their squad for next year's campaign.

A CLOSE encounter in the 14th Annual Ashwell v Talks II saw Ashwell needing four off the last delivery to tie the game. Unfortunately a dot ball allowed Talks to edge 8-6 in front in the series.

A solid innings of 61 by Joe Higham saw Talks take an insurmountable score of 167, and despite a steady 25no from Ollie Pride and quick fire knocks of 40 from Dom Brunning and Tim Moynihan, Ashwell were unable to pull them back.

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