Ashton CC Enjoy Tanner Cup Victory Match Report
Monday 27th June 2016 @ 15:21 by Mark Phillip
Ashton Sports

By Martin Frost:

Heyside 115-1 Ashton 111ao
Pennine League Championship

Ashton 48-2 Monton 89ao
Pennine League Tanner Cup

Ashton reached their first semi-final for 21 years over PCL Premiership outfit Monton on Sunday. After the first 10 minutes, Jack Newman’s team were quite simply superior to the opposition throughout in a game which was ultimately decided on run rate as rain enveloped Reyner Lane. Newman’s major contribution was winning the toss and bowling first in a competition which unquestionably favours the side batting second in rain threatened games.

Ashton followers, wary of Monton pro Christiaan Joncker who had notched a double hundred against them 3 years ago, must have feared the worst as Joncker and Ben Chapman took 28 of the first 3 overs. From that point Ashton took complete control. Suhaib Khan, (2-28), made the breakthrough, forcing Chapman to play on, and when Ryan Heap, (2-24), saw Chami Edirisinghe take a superb diving catch to get rid of Joncker, the Reyner Lane team were in the ascendancy. Bowling 18 over between them, spin twins Edirisinghe, (1-15) and Brad Woolley, (4-16), choked off any hope of a Monton response and the innings was concluded with a run out following a superb throw from Khan.

With rain forecast, and the game likely to be settled on run rate, it was vital that Ashton got off to a brisk start. 10 overs needed to be completed to avoid either a bowl out or coin toss deciding the outcome, and Richard Taylor put bat to ball effectively. His 26 gave Ashton the platform needed. As the rain grew heavier the umpires took the players off with 11 overs completed and Ashton, at 48-2, well ahead of the required rate. An hour later with no sign of a break in the clouds proceedings were drawn to a close and Ashton could sit back and look forward to a semi final tie on July 17th.

24 hours earlier a lack lustre display against title hopefuls Heyside saw a comprehensive defeat. In a paltry innings of 111 only Khan, with 37, made any real impression, although a couple of really questionable decisions saw the unlucky departures of Edirisinghe and Danny Hawthorne when they were looking set. A total of 111 was never realistically going to challenge the home team and so it proved as home pro Bilal Khiljee took them home with ease.