Ashley 1st XI vs Stockport Trinity 1st XI (Away) – 21/05/2016
The 1st Xl took the short trip to Stockport Trinity on a wet and miserable day. On losing the toss we were asked to bat first on a green but dry wicket,. From virtually the first few deliveries it became apparent batting would be no picnic as there was more than a little inconsistency in the bounce off the wicket. Indeed that is what happened to Mazza as one bounced alarmingly off a length took the shoulder of his bat and was caught at slip via the keeper’s gloves ( 4-1 ). Danny was the next to depart caught at slip driving ( 4-2 ) quickly followed by Jack leg before in the next over ( 4-3 ). Tommy joined Subs and together they began to rebuild the Ashley innings all the while the rain began to fall quite heavily at times but the umpires decided to stay out much to the amazement of the batting side seeking shelter in the pavilion whilst the home side were more than happy to stay out. By now the Trinity spinner had come on and nearly had Subs stumped but the keeper failed to gather as the ball bounced shoulder high off a good length. As if to prove the variance in the wicket he then bowled a half tracker which Subs went to pull but it barely bounced ankle high and was adjudged LBW for 28 ( 49-4 ). Tommy followed 1 run later ( 50-5 ) pushing one back to the bowler and when Singha went to pull another short ball which kept low and was bowled ( 54-6 ) Hatch strode to the wicket intent of launching a counter attack as he and Riz tried to up the tempo. Shot of the day was H’s on drive to the boundary but soon after Riz went LBW trying to flick one off his pads for 11 ( 77-7 ). Hatch eventually succumbed for 19 also LBW as the end of the innings neared ( 84-8 ). When Atko was bowled with out bothering the scorers ( 92-9 ) Ryno saw out the remaining 3 balls of the 37th over. 8 runs were needed off the last over to gain a batting point but after a 2 and a 4 Mo was caught in the deep for 15 with 1 delivery to go ( 98ao ).
After tea Ashley took to the field knowing quick wickets were needed but also to be patient and bowl in the right areas. Subs took the first wicket LBW ( 15-1 ) and then had the no.3 caught by Singha at slip. It could have been 3 down had Subs not slipped on the wet outfield at gully. Soon the rains came back heavier than in the first innings making the ball difficult to control as Ryno went for 15 off 2 overs. At this point Tommy spoke to the umpires and at last they saw sense and took the players off the field. When the rain stopped the home side were eager to get on with the game whilst for obvious reasons the visitors were not. Even though some areas of the outfield were blatantly unfit the umpires concurred with the home team on 54-2. With more rain on it’s way the Trinity batsmen took a few risks and Subs picked up 3 more wickets leaving the score at 73-5. Unfortunately we could only claim 1 more wicket with Singha bowling their skipper ( 95-6 ). Subs ending with 5-47 and Trinity winning by 4 wkts. As is usually the case another 30 or so runs and we could have been in with a shout.
Trinity 25pts Ashley 2pts.
No game next week for the firsts as Malpas have dropped out of the league.
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