Cheshire County Cricket League Div 2
Ashton on Mersey CC 1st XI 133 all out
Stockport Georgians CC 1st XI 134-6
Ashton on Mersey’s season ended with a low-key performance as they fell to defeat at Stockport Georgians.
With little at stake in the final game, Ashton chose to bat first on a pitch which gave much help to the bowlers. The batters started brightly but wickets soon tumbled before Henry Murray and Skipper James Marshall came together to put on a fine 50 partnership.
After Murray fell to the spin of Simon Normanton, Marshall continued to attack, but finally misjudged a lofted drive to be caught in the deep.
Ashton then found themselves on the wrong end of a number of lbw decisions which saw them lose their final 5 wickets for just 22 runs. Georgian’s skipper James Locke benefitted from the late order collapse to finish with figures of 5-12.
In reply a fine opening burst by Seamer Jake Walker reduced Georgians to 47-5, with Walker taking 4-25. But the experienced Normanton came together with teenager Max Davies to rebuild the innings.
With a mixture of solid defence and an ability to put away anything loose, the pair saw Georgians through some tricky moments as they pushed towards the target.
Normanton departed just before the end, for a fine 48, but Davies stayed to the finish to see the home side through to a 4 wicket win.
Whilst Ashton will be disappointed with the result, they will look back on a season with much to celebrate. They have competed throughout despite the loss of key players through injury, and but for a few slip ups in mid-season they would have been in the promotion mix.
The Ashton 2nd XI rounded off their excellent season with a win at home over Bollington, Bollington 139 all out (Ryan Carey 5-32) Ashton 143-2 (Farhan Ghous 65 not out). The 2nd Team finished 3rd in the league, missing out on promotion by a handful of points.
Both sides will be looking forward to a winter rest and the challenges of the 2022 season
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