|Ashley vs Kingsley
Date: 10 May 2014
Toss won by: Kingsley
Rain spoils the day
Rain was the eventual winner in this match, despite the match starting on time.
After recent rains, including a shower prior to the start of the game. Kingsley won the toss and asked Ashley to bat on a firm looking wicket, which would offer the bowlers assistance, without doubt.
Tommy and Woody opened up, with Tommy collected a couple of boundaries first up from Kitchen’s opening over. The same bowler exacted revenge next over as Tommy prodded at one to veteran skipper Pearce at gully, who seemed pleased to take the catch.
Horse played a couple of pleasant drives before losing his balance to Martin and heard his stumps rattled.
Woody and Subs paired up and worked hard against a probing seam attack from both ends as 26/2 proved in 10 over’s.
Kingsley continued the attacking fields with 3 slips and a short leg as the ball seamed about. Woody broke the shackles with a super straight drive, before Subs was unluckily adjudged lbw. Jake lofted over mid off, as 50 was reached when Woody’s slash was parried at slip.
Drinks were taken at halfway with the tally at 55/3. Jake collected his 2nd boundary with an on drive through mid wicket as the rain clouds gathered above. With light drizzle coming down, Pearce made the breakthrough as Jake played a reckless shot to mid wicket, where his compatriot took a simple catch.
The wicket continued to test the batters as the visitors lead by their skipper kept a leash on the scoring as 11 over’s remained and 81 on the board.
Woody saw this as the cue to try and raise the scoring rate, but mistimed his shot and holed out to long off in the 35th. Riz and Wiggy joined forces, with Wiggy clearing the fence and putting on 27 in even time, before both fell in the same over at 108 to the wiles of Pearce’s bowling.
With 2 new batters at the crease, the target of 140 seemed distant in the 39th over, however, Farrukh stepped up and cleared his front leg and smashed a 6 into the mound at the far end and then viciously smote another over extra cover to pass 125. Danny passed the strike back as Farrukh’s late cut went for another 4. Farrukh lost his wicket with a couple of over’s left, Yasir mistimed to point. Danny’s excellent pull shot to mid wicket, ensured 140 was reached before he was stumped going across the line in the last over.
Despite the odd light drizzle, the innings was completed, however, a prompt resumption was not able and Ashley headed out after tea with Kingsley allowed 37 overs to chase 142 for the points.
The ball jagged about for both new ball bowlers, in between that Forster used his ‘Mongoose’ type willow to collect 6, whilst Stoddart pushed the ball into the gaps.
With rain getting heavier, Stoddart was put down at cover when his intended drive went high into the air and was spilled off Jake. Next over, Forster edged Nad to slip where it was dropped to allow both batters a chance.
A downpour took the teams off into the 12th over of the innings and after a delay of some 30 minutes, the re-start was agreed to, however with the covers being peeled back, the rain increased.
Both skippers shook hands as time passed and no realistic chance of play remained. A game which may have been intriguingly poised but for the inclement weather. Thanks to the umpires for playing their part.
Despite the result, Ashley remain at the top of the table as the weather played a part in Disley and Barntons game, whilst Lymm were beaten by Bunbury.
Ashley have a double header next week, away to Chelford, then a Village Cup KO replay away to Northop Hall of the Liverpool Competition.