Cheshire County Cricket League Div 2
Ashton on Mersey CC 1st XI 230-8
Christleton CC 1st XI 275 – 3
Ashton on Mersey played out a battling draw in a high scoring game against Christleton at The Beets.
Winning the toss and choosing to bowl first, Ashton found the Christleton openers, Max Dunbavand and Brad Munro, in fine form.
Both batters took full advantage of anything loose from the Ashton bowlers, with the classy Munro particularly impressive as he cruised through the gears.
Ashton stuck to the task and had no luck despite some strong appeals, but the batters looked in little trouble as they posted a 200 opening partnership.
The introduction of spinner Mike Roberts finally put the brakes on the onslaught, as he removed both openers, Munro for 120 and Dunbavand for 95.
But when Christleton declared on 275 – 3 Ashton were facing a mammoth task to get back into the game.
They got off to a splendid start as Roberts and Macca Hooton posted a brisk 50 run opening partnership, before Hooton was well taken in the slips.
Ashton’s hopes took a blow when they lost Henry Murray in the same over for a duck, but Roberts once again delivered a steady performance to guide Ashton through some tricky overs.
Several Ashton players got starts but wickets fell at regular intervals and when Roberts went the innings could have collapsed.
But Yousuf Bhamjee and James Newton put on another 50 partnership to steady the ship and whilst some late wickets gave the visitors hope of a victory, Ashton saw out the innings to record maximum batting bonus points.
This was a gutsy performance from Ashton who did not crumble when faced with a large total on a day when decisions did not go their way. They will be looking to take that attitude into next week’s clash with table topping Stockport Georgians.
Ashtons 2nd XI lost at Bramhall. Ashton 155-7 (Harry Vogt 50, Josh Knowles 49 no, Kieran Berrington 5-40) Bramhall 157-4 (Sam Gorski 52 no)
Ashton’s 3rd XI are on the brink of taking their league title after a comprehensive victory at Hale Barns. Ashton 226 – 8 (Suhan Shetty 75, Tom Jenkinson 68, Charlie Glazebrook 4-47) Hale Barns 137 all out.