Cheshire County Cricket League Div 2
Ashton on Mersey CC 1st XI – 216 all out
Davenham CC 1st XI – 196 all out
Ashton on Mersey bounced back from their poor start to the season to record a fine win on the road at Davenham.
Winning the toss and electing to bat, Ashton lost both openers cheaply before Macca Hooton got the scoreboard moving with some aggressive shots.
When Hooton went, James Lines settled in to play the innings-defining knock. Well supported by the Ashton middle order, Lines made the most of anything loose to post an impressive half century.
Lines looked to be moving towards what would have been a well-deserved ton when his innings was cut short by an lbw decision.
The Ashton tail wagged to add vital runs, taking the total past 200. Ashton would have been well satisfied with their final score of 216 as the last wicket fell in the final over.
Sam Thoburn bowls
Bowling honours were taken by Muhammad Abid who finished with 4-42.
In reply Davenham got off to the worst of starts with opener Mike Rudd falling in the first over, with Mike Roberts holding a sharp catch off Jackson Noske.
Matt Jamieson and Abid rebuilt the home reply, posting 78 run partnership before Jamieson was trapped lbw by Roberts.
The crucial bowling spell was delivered by leg spinner Sam Thoburn who worked his way through the middle order, never allowing the home side to get on top.
With support from the other Ashton spinners, Thoburn dominated proceedings to finish with figures of 5-50.
The Davenham innings ended as Noske returned to claim the final wicket, allowing Ashton to celebrate a fine victory.
Ashton will be looking to build on their success when they welcome Bollington to the Beets in the next league game.
Ashton’s 2nd XI had the better of a draw at home to Urmston. Ashton 210 – 6 (Saeed Bhamjee 82 not out, Charlie Eaton 65) Urmston 148-9.
The 3rd XI were beaten in a high scoring game at Cheadle. Ashton 199 -9 (Saad Alam 88, Saad Adeem 4-37) Cheadle 200-3 (Saad Adeem 121 not out, Max Davies 3-51)