Ashley vs Woodford

Date: 16 August 2003

Venue: Ashley

Toss won by: Woodford

Batted First: Woodford

Match Report

Lowly Woodford arrived on another sweltering summers day and having won the toss elected to bat on a white, hard wicket that looked full of runs. It wasn’t to be as the new ball pairing of Woods and Tyms set about the visitors top order. While Tyms was being miserly in the extreme as the bottom end, Woods was mixing up a series of good balls with soup service from the Church end until he pitched one up and removed Ogden’s off stump from the ground. He then proceeded to have the aptly named new batsman Tonge dropped in consecutive balls at slip at short leg respectively. Despite Tonge telling everyone how good he was later in the 2nd innings, he did not keep us long and Tyms soon cleaned him up to end his misery. With the occasional delivery going through the very dry top the Woodford top order seemed uncertain and reluctant to get forward. Misra opened the face to slash Tyms through 3rd man for a fine boundary before perishing next ball attempting a similar shot where Wayne Cannon took a sharp catch. The dangerous Coleburn survived another good chance off Tyms before being dismissed by Woods when Tyms took his revenge by holding a good chance at 2nd slip. Caro then was given a chance after yet another drop off the unfortunate Woods and looked to be set for a valuable knock before Hall took a leading edge and made very good ground to take the return catch at square short leg. Barker took the chance given by Woods when he failed to hold on to a powerful drive off his own bowling and went on to a hard hitting 36 before being held at mid wicket by Griffiths off the tight late innings bowling of Birtles. Despite 3 overs at the final pair Ashley were unable to get the final bowling point and the visitors finished on 122-8.

 

Ashley had a far more relaxed tea than the week before and the confidence was not misplaced as Will Lewis and Liam O’Doherty put on 29 for the first wicket with Liam striking six boundaries before looking to cut Caro in his first over and getting an outside edge which was smartly taken. With Lewis only slightly more watchful, and Coates picking out his shots, despite the odd swish outside off stump they raced to 88 and were looking to see Ashley home inside 25 overs with shots all round the ground before Coates was caught off the excellent Caro. Lewis then followed shortly after flicking off his legs to square leg, again off Caro. They don’t call us the Ashley union for nothing as the procession started. One out all out, or almost!! Ashley were getting the worst of the pitch but it was only Caro with his height and high action who was causing problems as he quickly removed Wayne Cannon, Bobby Cannon for a duck off an unplayable delivery that popped off his glove, and then Dan Shelston. Tyms couldn’t repeat his shot making from the week before and was clean bowled, whilst Ed Hall was adjudged LBW when he middled one into his pads. This left Woods and Griffiths to see the boys home with ten needed, and it was the skipper who nearly ran himself out in securing the winning run leaving the visitors seething over the run out appeal. It was certainly close though, and perhaps if it were a test match, then David Shepherd would have been calling for the 3rd umpire and in those circumstances then it is difficult to uphold the appeal.

 

This was a good win for the lads after last weeks mauling at the hands of Peover. It was Ashley who put the ball in the right places and generally batted with greater authority on a difficult pitch in the end deserved the win. Despite the worrying trend for dropping chances, great credit must go to Gary Tyms for a tremendous spell of 18 overs off the reel and to the top order for building a decent platform that despite the best efforts of the middle and late order, we could not fail to capitalise on. With results going our way once again at the top of the table, it was a good week, but one that leaves us ruefully regretting the loss of games that should have been won in previous weeks. Nonetheless, there is still plenty to play for with only 18 points separating 2nd place Barnton and 6th place Ashley.

FIRST INNINGS

 

Batting

 

Batter

How Out

Bowler

Runs

1.

Coleburn, G

Ct. Tyms

Woods

25

2.

Ogden, N

Bowled

Woods

4

3.

Tonge, B

Bowled

Tyms

5

4.

Misra, R

Ct.  W. Cannon

Tyms

8

5.

Caro, A

C & B

Hall

10

6.

Barker, A

Ct. Griffiths

Birtles

36

7.

Kerr, P

LBW

Tyms

1

8.

Holmes, C

Ct. B. Cannon

Hall

0

9.

Jackson, R

NOT

OUT

14

10.

Williams, D

NOT

OUT

10

11.

Dawson, R

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extras

9

 

 

 

Total

122

 

BOWLING

Name

O

M

R

W

Woods

14

4

43

2

Tyms

18

9

30

3

Hall

9

-

34

2

Birtles

4

-

12

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SECOND INNINGS

 

Batting

 

Batter

How Out

Bowler

Runs

1.

O’ Doherty, L

Ct. Dawson

Caro

24

2.

Lewis, W

Ct. Ogden

Caro

32

3.

Coates, K

Ct. Dawson

Caro

25

4.

Cannon, W

Bowled

Caro

5

5.

Griffiths, J

NOT

OUT

14

6.

Cannon, B

Ct.

Caro

0

7.

Shelston, D

Bowled

Caro

4

8.

Tyms, G

Bowled

Caro

2

9.

Hall, E

LBW

O’ Doherty

1

10.

Woods, D

NOT

OUT

0

11.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extras

15

 

 

 

Total

123

 

BOWLING

Name

O

M

R

W

Holmes

14.4

1

44

1

Williams

3

1

9

0

Caro

13

4

28

7

Jackson

2

-

15

0

Ogden

4

-

13

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Result: Ashley (20 pts) beat Woodford (5 pts) by 2 wickets