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Ashton beat Boxmen to take control at top
Updated 2:14pm Tuesday 18th February 2014 in Sport
UNBEATEN Ashton-under-Hill went top at the halfway stage of the Worcestershire Cricket Board Indoor League Evesham Division with a 54-run win over Boxmen.
The clash for top spot between two previously undefeated sides was reduced to 11 overs each due to a late start.
Ashton enjoyed their usual solid start with Will Archer (35) and Richard Cooper (43 no) accumulating 25 runs and retiring.
After six overs, Ashton were on 68 without loss and Tom Archer (14) joined Cooper only to be run-out in the seventh over.
The innings proceeded with runs, wickets, the return of the openers and the wicket of Will Archer bowled by Josh Tamkin, whose last over reaped just reward with 2-12.
The target of 128-5 in 11 overs required consistent high scoring to beat and losing Aaron Batchelor run-out second ball was not the way to start.
Josh Colwell (20) and Jason Haines (23) put together a partnership of 41 before the former was stumped off Jack Perks.
The introduction of Tom Archer (0-16), with his pace and movement, made scoring difficult for Boxmen and, from 42-5, only a further 32 came from the final six as they finished on 74-3.
Sean Smith bowled with pace for 0-10.
Prince Henry's notched up their first win, easing past Dumbleton by nine runs.
A circumspect start from the Hawker brothers got Prince Henry's to 50 without loss in the seventh over.
Ben Hawker and Ollie Hawker both made 27 before retiring and Liam Ridings, assisted by Dominic Fenney (10), accelerated the scoring to add 62 in the last five overs, finishing on 115-2.
It was not until the final over when Dumbleton had reward for their efforts with two run-outs.
The swinging new ball caused problems early on until despatched skywards to lodge in the nets.
The new ball was retrieved between innings for Dumbleton to face it for four overs.
Wade Risdale (36 not out) was joined by Matt Nicholson (19) after the stumping of Rupert Salmon off Fenney.
By the seventh over, Dumbleton were on 65-1 and looking likely to book their first points.
Following Risdale's retirement, Andrew Powell (18) partnered Nicholson to take the score to 87 when he was run-out and the latter was caught off Fenney in the next over.
The run-rate dropped off and, despite Risdale's return, Dumbleton fell just short on 106-4.
Tuesday's matches from 8pm see Bredon play Prince Henry's and Dumbleton face Feckenham.