Match Week 11 – 29-30/06/2019

James Newton making his 1st XI League debut…

Ashton produced an impressive team performance to record a comfortable win at Stockport Trinity.

Being asked to bat first on a scorching day, Ashton started slowly with Mark Timms and Peter Hatzoglou playing watchfully on a pitch which lacked any great pace or carry.

Some fine bowling by Zohaib Khan accounted for both the Ashton opening batsman, but Tom Scott and Edward Faulkner came together to post a 70 run partnership which turned the game decisively in Ashton’s favour.

The Trinity bowlers stuck to their task, with Zaheer Khan producing an excellent spell of spin bowling which troubled all the Ashton middle order.

But with a mixture of solid defence and a willingness to attack anything loose, Ashton kept the scoreboard moving. James Marshall and Josh Knowles played aggressively, allowing Ashton to finish on an above par 180.

Both Zohaib and Zaheer picked up three deserved wickets.

In reply, tight bowling from Matthew Stuart and Hatzoglou made run scoring hard for the Trinity top order. Zaheer Khan threatened to lead a counter-attack, but when he fell to Knowles it left the door open for Faulkner to work his way through the rest of the Trinity line up.

The home side had little answer to the spinner and the home innings fell away to 107 all out. Faulkner finished with season best figures of 6-32.

This was a fine performance from Ashton, which keeps them 2nd in the table ahead of a crucial game away at third placed Cheadle Hulme.

Ashton 2nd XI fell to defeat at The Beets in a close game against Alvanley. Alvanley 212 all out (Jon Alberquerque 73, Jordi Matthews 5-52); Ashton 184 all out (Harry Vogt 54, David Bergstand 6-38).

Sunday saw a disappointing double for Ashton as the 3rd XI went down to a 7 wicket defeat to table topping North East Cheshire, and the high flying Ashton Ladies XI was brought down to earth, losing by 61 runs away at Upton.