Ashwell within touching distance of title

PUBLISHED: 13:15 30 August 2007 | UPDATED: 15:14 12 May 2010

ASHWELL strolled to a seventh consecutive win with victory over Comberton, and are now just one match away from the Cambs Junior League Division Two title. The match almost got off to a bad start for Ashwell, after a mix up over the start time meant they

ASHWELL strolled to a seventh consecutive win with victory over Comberton, and are now just one match away from the Cambs Junior League Division Two title.

The match almost got off to a bad start for Ashwell, after a mix up over the start time meant they had only four players at the ground at the beginning of the game.

Luckily, captain Tim Moynihan won the toss and elected to bat.

The rest of the team had arrived by the time Jonathan Merrell (23), and Martin Talks (15) had built an opening stand of 37.

This partnership was eclipsed by Steve Parkhouse and Gary Simmons, who put on 97 for the third wicket.

Both batsmen played well in tricky conditions, before Simmons was stumped for 36 and Parkhouse was out for 86 after hitting six fours and four sixes.

Late cameos from Moynihan and Graeme Hodson helped Ashwell move the score onto 213-6 from their 40 overs.

Comberton were always behind the required run rate, and relied heavily on Nigel Cook for runs.

As wickets tumbled around him, the Comberton skipper offered brave resistance before he was spectacularly run out by Sam Ingrey and Max Rushden for 47 as he attempted a quick single to keep the strike.

By then the game was all but over, with Simmons (3-20) and Moynihan (3-14) cleaning up the middle order, before Martin Talks stepped in to take the final two wickets, leaving Comberton all out for 94 from 33.4 overs.


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