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Ashton’s Long Wait For Silverware Continues
Tuesday 16th August 2016 @ 09:11 by Mark Phillip
Ashton Sports

Report by Martin Frost
Pictures by Matthew Lofthouse

Ashton 91ao Crompton 182-8
Pennine League Tanner Cup Final

Ashton’s long wait for senior level silverware goes on after going down to Crompton in Sunday’s PCL Tanner Cup Final. The Glebe Street club went into the game as firm favourites, competing in a division higher than Ashton, and buoyed by a routing of Premiership leaders and Wood Cup winners Walsden the day before.

Jack Newman’s side were well aware of the strength of the Crompton top order, with pro Keegan Petersen and previous paid man Josh Tolley leading the way. The pair gave Crompton a useful start putting on 31 before Tolley fell to a superb catch by Rob Gleave. Overseas player Denis Louis joined Petersen. Picking up quick singles and the occasional boundary they took the score to 101 and a large total loomed with half of the overs left. Ashton then fought there way back into the game. Spin twins Chami Edirisinghe and Brad Woolley played a significant role in pulling Ashton back into the contest, and Elliott Blewitt in a really impressive spell contributed effectively. Astute bowling changes by Newman reined Crompton back and 18 overs cost only 41 runs while 6 wickets fell. At that point containing Crompton to 150 would have been a triumph , given the start they had, but what proved to be a match winning innings of Steven Wright, (42*), took them to 182-8. Woolley finished with 4-34 a performance which earned the plaudits from the MoM adjudicators , and Edirisinghe bowled his 10 overs for 12 runs.

edirisinghe lbw claim

Ashton’s reply was hampered by the loss of an over due to slow rate, and lay in tatters at 24-5 after 10 overs. Zulfiquar and Si Wright were the destroyers, putting Ashton undr the cosh right from the first ball. A partnership of 48 between Edirisinghe and Ryan Shenton raised Ashton followers hopes. Shenton, (27), in particular, played impressively, showing patience and good shot selection. Two wickets in 2 balls accounted for the pair, with an lbw appeal upheld against the pro looking to be a really poor decision. With that any faint hopes were snuffed out and the Reyner Lane side eventually fell 91 short.

On the day Crompton were worthy winners, using their greater experience. Ashton can, however, take much from reaching the final. A team with 9 of the players home grown, coming through the Club’s junior section, can only benefit much as there was disappointment on the day. The challenge for the rest of the season will be to pick themselves up and continue with a league programme which has seen them unbeaten since mid June.