Hosts last pair keep leaders at bay
The home clubs last pair negotiated the final 8 deliveries of the day and presented Ashley with 17, as opposed to 25 points.
Despite that, Ashley still remained top of the table, as other sides closed the gap.
Nad won the toss and opted to bat first on a decent looking track in the genteel surroundings of the castle lit up by the sun, with an in-form Harry Hatchell the only change.
With the wicket on the furthest end of the strip and a smaller than normal leg side boundary, both openers collected boundaries early, with southpaw Wood leg glancing and Danny playing some elegant drives as the score raced to 33 in the opening half dozen over’s.
Woody (20) fell first, caught behind after an opening stand worth 44. Danny pierced the infield with a lofted drive over cover and followed up with another drive to move into the 30’s. Harry Horse (4) lost his wicket trying to force off the back-foot. Cholmendeley fought back with a follow up 3rd wicket, as Danny lost his patience after scoring 37 from 58 deliveries.
Vice Captain, Subs has been in excellent form from day one, and with Jake both players showed the undoubted qualities. Subs opened his account with a swept boundary and used his dancing feet to bank straight drives and further sweeps to take drinks at 89/3 at 22.
Jake added a brace of boundaries through mid wicket and point whilst Subs classy back foot drive raised the teams 100. At 115, Jake (19) departed holing out.
With the Baig brothers at the crease, a total of 200, seemed more than likely with 20 over’s in the tank.
Both batters rotated the strike as Young kept a rein on the scoring rate to take Ashley to 127 after 30.
Subs lifted the scoring and moved onto his 2nd half century of the season with a ménage a trios of boundaries from 48 deliveries, aided with 8 shots to the rope.
The partnership was broken with Subs in two minds and taken low down at mid-wicket for a run a ball 52 in the 32nd over.
Harry Hatchell and Riz got themselves in as the score totaled 149/5 and 10 to go, as the opening bowler, White returned. Hatch greeted the new ball operator with a powerful cut for 4, and timing an on drive in his next over. Riz’s driven 4 gave his team a double digit over.
Further boundary shots boosted the score as 34 were added in 5 and maximum batting pointed banked in the 40th.
Riz’s cameo came to a halt as he was well taken inches inside the rope at deep square leg for 30 from 29 balls.
Hatch and Farrukh upped the ante as the innings closed on 225/7, with Hatch’s quickfire 42* in 35 balls. White took 3/50 and Young 3/90.
After tea, the onus was on early wicket as normal and creating pressure.
Nad’s second over saw the breakthrough as a field change between skipper and vice, saw Subs taken a forward prod at silly mid off. The skipper took his 2nd by trapping Measures plumb in front.
Jake’s pace kept the pressure on the experienced pair of former skipper, Baker and Ed Middleton, as Nad continued to ask question and probe away.
After 12 over’s the score had reached 21/2. Middleton collected his sides 1st boundary for 9 over’s through Yasir’s misfield.
Jakes 8 over spell was replaced by Subs as Baker’s boundary mis-hits frustrated the skipper, who bought on spin after a 10 over stint.
Yasir immediately started to rotate the ball and made the important breakthrough in his 2nd over as Middleton went back and lost his stump.
At drinks, Yasir collected another 7 balls later as Baker tried to sweep and top edged to Jake at slip to make it 66/4 in the 24th.
Subs joined in trapping Jones plumb in front with his pace. At the same time, Yasir gave his side the upper hand bowling Kamble.
With 17 overs remaining to take 4 wickets, inevitably a stand can develop and skipper McGuiness and White stood firm against Yasir. Subs was replaced by Farrukh who was unable to find his line.
‘Chumley’ moved into the last 10 over’s at 111/7 and the final 3 at 134/7 as Jake returned with Subs with attacking fields set.
Subs sparked the game off in over 44, having McGuiness expertly taken low down at slip and the home skipper, sportingly accept the Aussie’s word and Deora again plumb in front.
This left 7 balls at the final pair. Jake ran in and was unable to make the quantum leap.
A game played in a super surrounding and Ashley ending the day top of the pile, whilst other competitors gained wins.
The ‘Pukka’ was handed over the Subs for another excellent all round effort.
Another game unbeaten and many more positives gained with Harry Hatch and Yasir stepping up to support the side, with Danny showing his abilities at the top of the order.
Ashley head to Lymm next week and have a T20 home fixture against fellow Division 2 rivals, Woodford at home.