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Ashcombe Park cricket honours after Cheadle derby

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 14, 2014

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ASHCOMBE Park's Moorlands derby at Cheadle ended with honours even.

A late rain shower ended either team's chances of winning a closely-fought encounter.

Once again, Pakistan professional Rizwan Haider led the way for Ashcombe with both bat and ball, claiming 5-51 from 22 overs during Cheadle's innings of 235 -9 declared, before contributing 89 runs to the visitors' reply.

Haider's efforts were closely matched by the home side's all-rounder James Sellers, who struck a brutal 66, rescuing his team from a tricky position at 155-7.

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James then went on to capture two early Ashcombe wickets and then held onto two very good catches, including the wicket of Haider – who, along with Dave Proffitt, had threatened to overhaul Cheadle's total with time to spare.

Ashcombe's run chase had begun slowly, with Sellers removing Phil Tomczak and Tom Boulton after Ryan Harvey's capture of Nick Goodwin's wicket – thanks to Will Dobbie's flying catch at square leg – as the visitors reached 35-3.

Proffitt joined Haider in a sparkling partnership of 121 for the fourth wicket, at better than a run a ball, and all was going splendidly for Ashcombe until Hamza Siddique held a diving catch at mid-on off the bowling of Cheadle captain Chris Barker to end Proffitt's innings for 48 at 157-4. Barker (3-28) claimed two further wickets in his sixth over, bowling Ashcombe skipper Ian Alcock before Sellers' terrific catch at mid-wicket sent back Haider at 174 -6.

Ashcombe kept up their chase, albeit more slowly – especially after losing Nathan Ball at 179 -7 – and had reached 198 with no further loss when the rain came.

Eight overs were lost and only a six and a half overs remained when play resumed.

With the asking rate per over climbing rapidly, Ashcombe sensibly played out the time – reasoning that five extra points to Cheadle for a winning draw was better than seeing them possibly claim 25 for a win.

Josh Johnson reached 28 not out as he and Aidan Derbyshire safely saw the Park to 205-7 at the close.

Earlier in the afternoon Cheadle, opting to bat first, had lost Andrew Coxon, bowled by Haider at 11-1 but professional Sujith Nikethana and Siddique took the total to 86 before Haider also bowled Siddique for 26.

Cheadle's middle order fell to Haider and Alex Goodwin who spun his way to 3 -50 and when Derbyshire ended Nikethana's innings on 75 with a terrific slip catch by Nick Goodwin at 155 -6, Ashcombe looked on top particularly when Cadman (8) followed with no addition to the total.

But Sellers hammered a tiring Ashcombe attack as 54 of his 66 runs came in boundaries with six fours and five sixes and adding 74 in partnership with Barker, taking the total to what turned out to be beyond Ashcombe's reach.

Barker (11) departed at 229 -8 and six runs later, when Sellers was caught on the long-on boundary by Jake Johnson, Barker declared, leaving the visitors with it all to do.

Ashcombe's nine points sees them drop a place to seventh in the table while Cheadle, despite taking 13 points from the game drop back into the relegation zone.

With only 36 points separating the bottom seven clubs in Division One, there is everything to play for in the remaining weeks of the season – with Ashcombe still having to face three of the current top five.

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