Ashley C.C vs Barnton C.C

Date: 28th June 2003

Venue: Barnton C.C

Toss won by: Barnton

Batted First: Ashley

Match Report

3rd placed Ashley made the trip over to 2nd place Barnton for what turned out to be a heavyweight tussle on an excellent wicket that must make their strong batting line up purr with anticipation each week. Ashley were invited to make first use of the track and did so to great effect with Griffiths and Lewis putting on 94 for the 1st wicket much to the chagrin of the home side who were soon bickering when things weren’t going their way for the first time this season. Lewis made a very welcome 44 after giving 2 difficult chances in the slips. Whilst his timing is not yet back he looked very solid and this could be the start of the summer for him as he looks to cash in on his obvious ability. At the other end skipper Griffiths played immaculately and failed to give a chance as he played shots all round the wicket against a good bowling attack that put the ball in the right places and made the batsmen work hard throughout. The key to the entire innings was the hard running between the wickets that reaped full value for shots and pressured the home side into several fielding errors.  The partnership was broken when Lewis played round a straight one just when the visitors were getting giddy at the thought of a 1st wicket stand of 100. He will have been disappointed to get out but the damage had been done, with Lewis rewarded for sacrificing his weekend alternative activities. Canon was perhaps harshly adjudged LBW to the impressive Yarwood and left the field shaking his head in dismay still feeling the reverberations in his bat. This brought Dan Shelston came to the crease and he produced a fine innings of crispy straight hitting and hard running that put on 81 for the 3rd wicket. He issued a reminder to seasoned Ashley campaigners of what he has produced in the past and is obviously well capable of producing in the future. After Shelston pushed for a run too far and was run out well short of the crease, Rice entered the fray and made a telling contribution by dabbing one down to 3rd man for a single allowing Griffiths to hole out in the deep to bring to an end his superb knock of 83. Ed Hall then smashed 7 off the last over before being dismissed off the last ball, which was a shame as it gave the home side an extra bowling point, but the sight of over 200 on the board was difficult to resist. Nonetheless, Barnton came off the field confident of knocking them off. Ashley however, were delighted to finally have scored some big runs when it mattered and with what was not necessarily the strongest batting line up of the season.

 

Skipper Griffiths set his stall out to frustrate the strong home batting line up into working very hard for their runs, and gave the new ball to Brian Birtles and Nick Holt who did the business with varying degrees of success. Left armer Holt was getting some late swing and a bit of seam movement and brought one back to trap the voluble and brash Bebbington, a wicket that was celebrated with some relish by the visitors.   However, Holt continued to give a four ball an over and was removed from the attack as the skipper needed someone to match the excellent control being supplied at the other end by the durable Birtles who extracted a little bounce from his end and kept it tight. Woods was brought into the attack and like Holt before him beat the bat and looked like taking wickets yet continued to serve up a four ball that was punished each time. Having earlier survived a very close call padding up to an inswinger from Holt, the excellent Yarwood quickly made a superb 26 with a selection of pulls and cover drives to the boundary before Birtles got one to lift a little and had him well caught by Woods down at fine leg. A distinct hush fell across the ground and all that could be heard was Woodsy’s bottom twitching under the skier. It was a big wicket and everyone knew it. It was a key point in the match and was no more than Brian had deserved after a magnificent spell that continued for 19 overs at a cost of only 34 runs. Ed Hall was brought into the attack and after a couple of loose deliveries managed to get it right trapping Watkins in front for 19 and then the obdurate Cross, recently acquired from Weaverham edged one to Cannon for 24. Hall then dropped Percival in the slip off Birtles before cleaning him up himself from the other end an over later.  Barnton’s skipper for the day Jones had made a good 24 and looked to have made the decision to stitch the game with five wickets down before Shelston scored a direct hit from midwicket to send Garner on his way. This gave Ashley a glimpse of an improbable victory, especially when Woods relieved an exhausted Birtles and made an immediate impact to remove Jones. Despite beating the bat several times in that penultimate over and the final deliveries from Holt, Ashley could not find a way through to glean an extra bowling point as Barnton finished on 151-7.

 

Skipper Jon Griffiths opined that it was a tremendous performance as the boys fielded aggressively all the way through and after the tremendous batting display were clearly the better side on the day but were unfortunately not quite good enough to clean up the late order for what would have been a thoroughly deserved win. Whilst aside from Brian Birtles the bowlers perhaps could have bowled a little better it was clear from this tussle that we have the bowling and the spirit to sort out the best batting sides teams even on shirt fronts like the one produced at Barnton. What is required is more batting displays like this to help us to push on in our promotion bid in what at the moment looks like being hotly contested between three teams. In the return game in September, the lads will have to produce a similar display if we are to secure another positive result in what could prove to be a decisive game.

FIRST INNINGS

 

Batting

 

Batter

How Out

Bowler

Runs

1.

Griffiths, J *

Ct

Garner

83

2.

Lewis, W

Bowled

Yarwood

44

3.

Cannon, B +

LBW

Yarwood

0

4.

O’Doherty, L

LBW

Langham

7

5.

Shelston, D

RUN

OUT (Shelston)

36

6.

Rice, D

Not

Out

1

7.

Hall, E

Ct

Garner

7

8.

Woods, D

 

 

 

9.

O’ Doherty, C

 

 

 

10.

Holt, N

 

 

 

11.

Birtles, B

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extras

18

 

 

 

Total

196

 

BOWLING

Name

O

M

R

W

Garner, J

12

2

44

2

Ollier, J

5

2

15

0

Manubhai, D

4

1

20

0

Yarwood, J

10

1

40

2

Langham, J

13

0

60

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SECOND INNINGS

 

Batting

 

Batter

How Out

Bowler

Runs

1.

Cross

Ct. Cannon

Hall

24

2.

Bebbington

LBW

Holt

6

3.

Yarwood

Ct. Woods

Birtles

26

4.

Watkins

LBW

Hall

19

5.

Jones

Bowled

Woods

23

6.

Percival

Bowled

Hall

12

7.

Garner

Run

Out

18

8.

Ollier

Not

Out

1

9.

Manubhai

Not

Out

4

10.

Warburton

 

 

 

11.

Langham

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extras

18

 

 

 

Total

151

 

BOWLING

Name

O

M

R

W

Holt, N

7

0

32

1

Birtles, B

19

7

34

1

Woods, D

9

1

35

1

Hall, E

8

0

33

3

O’ Doherty, C

2

0

8

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Result: Ashley (13 points) drew with Barnton (6 points)