Match Week 7 – 1-2/06/2019

Double Hat-trick Hero, Jordi Matthews…

Ashton on Mersey bounced back after last week’s setback to record a
fine win in an entertaining game at The Beets.

Choosing to bat first Ashton had reason to worry when they lost James Lines to the first ball of the game and skipper James Marshall for a duck soon after.

But Akash Patel and Edward Faulkner steadied matters with a 50 partnership, with Patel in particular impressing with a measured but
positive innings.

When Patel fell, Faulkner took up the challenge to deliver an innings which would eventually decide the game. Playing with calm authority, Faulkner smoothly went through the gears to establish control over the bowling.

Supported by Alex O’Gara and Peter Hatzoglou, Faulkner moved to an
unbeaten century, allowing Ashton to declare on 238. This was a fine effort by Faulkner which showed his developing class wih the bat.

In reply Kingsley were rocked by the loss of early wickets with Matthew Stuart and Hatzoglou reducing the visitors to 34-4. But Kingsley showed huge spirit to continue the run chase when others might have tried to bat out for the draw.

Making the most of yet another excellent batting surface, clean hitting saw the score mount. Ben Ainsworth led the charge with an
assault on the home bowling, and he was unlucky to fall 2 runs short of what would have been a deserved 50.

Patrick Phelan gave the crowd an entertaining cameo that at one stage brought Kingsley within sight of a memorable win, but Ashton stuck to the task and completed the win with 20 runs to spare. Hatzoglou took
the bowling honours with figures of 4-60.

This was a fine game of cricket played by two good sides. Ashton will be looking to continue their promotion push when they travel to
Oakmere in the next round of league matches.

The other highlight of the weekend was the remarkable performance of
Ladies player Jordi Matthews . Playing in the men’s 2nd team match at Davenham, she took a hat-trick, all bowled. Despite her efforts, the
2nd team fell to defeat against the league leaders.

But Jordi’s weekend was not finished there. Playing on Sunday for the Ladies XI she repeated the feat, again taking a hat trick all bowled!
This time she led the team to victory against top of the table Leigh, to round off a superb couple of days for one of the club’s rising
stars.