Ashton on Mersey Cricket Club

Ashton on Mersey Cricket Club

Ashton on Mersey CC 1st XI 229-4

Fraser Hay bowls


Mobberley CC 1st XI 226 – 9

Fraser Hay bowls

Ashton on Mersey recorded their first win of the season on a run-soaked day at Mobberley.

With the home side winning the toss and choosing to bat first, the Ashton attack did well to limit the batters’ early efforts.

Fraser Hay and Charlie Eaton bowled excellently to limit the damage threatened by the aggressive Mobberley top order, with Zaheer Khan (2-17) spinning through a tight ten overs to prevent any acceleration.

But with Chris Turner playing an anchor role in the middle order and with the tail hitting out to good effect, Mobberley turned the game in their favour, finishing on a more than respectable 226. Hay finished with fine figures of 3-56.

Turner remained unbeaten on 54, but unfortunately became unwell at the break and was taken to hospital. Our best wishes go to him for a full and speedy recovery.

In reply Ashton lost an early wicket and there were fears that the fragile batting of previous weeks might be returning. But what followed was a batting masterclass from Mike Roberts who dominated the Ashton response.

Playing with calm authority, Roberts was untroubled by the Mobberley attack, playing watchfully when needed whilst taking advantage of anything loose.

Roberts brought up a bright 50 and then accelerated to shift the momentum fully in Ashton’s favour.

Even a muscle strain which limited his movement could not stall Roberts in this mood. His hundred came up with one of the 5 sixes he hit during his innings, and he completed the task finishing the match on 120 not out, off just 129 balls.

This was one of the best innings seen by an Ashton player in recent years and the win was exactly what the team needed to get their season underway.

The Ashton 2nd XI fell short in a low scoring game at The Beets against Warrington. Ashton 57 all out (Tarique 4-14, Swarn Sandhu 4-19) Warrington 58-7 (Yousuf Bhamjee 3-7, Ryan Carey 3-20).

The Ashton 3s fell foul to the weather but not before fine bowling efforts by young players Zach Roberts (4-27) and Adam Heap (4-38) helped Ashton bowl out Hyde for 163. The Ashton reply had only just begun when a thunderstorm wiped out play for the day.

Mike Roberts bats