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.
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.