Cheshire County Cricket League Div 2
Ashton on Mersey CC 1st XI 59 all out
Barrow CC 1st XI 212 all out
Ashton on Mersey crashed to a heavy home defeat on a difficult day at The Beets.
Winning the toss and electing to bowl first, Ashton were unlucky not to have reaped reward in the early overs as Zohaib Khan and James Marshall tested the Barrow opening batters.
But with chances not going to hand, and the umpires not finding in the bowler’s favour, the Barrow openers Atiq Uz-Zaman and Jack Randle settled into a splendid 90 run partnership.
The pair were separated as Ed Faulkner caught Randle at slip off Marshall, but Ashton’s injury jinx hit again as Faulkner seriously damaged a shoulder in taking the catch.
With Faulkner unable to bowl, the Ashton effort with the ball fell onto the shoulders of Zohaib and Zaheer Khan who dug deep to keep a lid on the Barrow batting efforts.
When Atiq fell for a well made 68, the rest of the visitor’s line up hit out to try and build a score, but the consensus was that their total of 212 was slightly below par. Zohaib Khan was the bowling pick, finishing with a well-deserved 5-72.
The Ashton innings started in dramatic style as Ryan Holloway took two wickets in the opening over without a run on the board.
In previous weeks, Ashton had fought through early set-backs with the help of their middle order but on this occasion the cavalry did not arrive. Holloway found help from a pitch which began to show variable bounce and the home batters could not find an answer to the problems posed.
Holloway tore through the Ashton line up, finishing with remarkable figures of 9-25 off 13 overs as the home side slumped to a miserable 59 all out.
Ashton will be reflecting on the damage done in this contest both to their confidence and to one of their key players. The next few weeks will be a test of character.
The Ashton 2nd team has a far more successful day, recording a fifth successive win as they beat Upton by 4 wickets. Upton 174 all out (Ian Sharrock 51, Dave Corps 3-58) Ashton on Mersey 176-6 (Ryan Carey 58 not out)
The 3rd XI fought hard but eventually lost to Bowdon. Bowdon 199-9 (Aadam Sheikh 93, Anirudh Anil 3-42) Ashton 160 all out.
The Women’s XI brought the weekend to a bright conclusion with a fine win at Stockport Georgians. After bowling the home side out for just 79 Ashton got home for a 9 wicket win with batters Beth Caunce and Clare Anderton seeing Ashton over the line.
This week’s games were kindly supported by Blackjack Beers.