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North Staffordshire and South Cheshire Cricket League Division One

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: June 18, 2014

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ASHCOMBE Park slumped to a heavy defeat at home against Elworth.

The hosts were bowled out for 110 inside 31 overs and went on to lose by six wickets.

As a result of this latest defeat, Ashcombe slip down into the relegation zone.

Elworth, widely tipped pre-season to make an instant return to the Premier Division, suffered an unexpected defeat against Cheadle a fortnight ago and then had the rain to thank for rescuing them from another likely loss against Stafford the following week.

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However, they got themselves back on track with a very solid performance at Basford Bridge Lane.

Skipper Yasir Ali got the visitors' day off to a good start, having Dave Proffitt lbw on six, with the total at 18, before Mike Holt caused most of the damage, bowling unchanged through the innings.

Holt went on to claim 6-42, starting with Steve Proffitt, who scored 12 before being caught by Chris Regan at 28-2

Proffitt was one of only two Ashcombe batsmen to reach double figures, the other being Rizwan Haider (46).

Haider lost partners with steady regularity and running out of companions, he accelerated at the end, doubling his score by hitting 23 out of a ninth-wicket partnership of 26 with Grant Roberts.

Haider became the last of Holt's victims, caught by Chris Winter at 107-9 before Ali, returning to the attack, bowled Jake Johnson to finish on 3-33 with Tom Bates (1-28) the other successful bowler.

Haider claimed two early wickets, both lbw decisions, to have Elworth 17-2 as the visitors' reply began, giving Ashcombe some hope.

But surviving opener Chris Regan settled in with an innings of 43, dominating a third-wicket partnership of 49 with Tom Appleyard (10)and taking the total to 66-3.

When Regan was caught by Haider off Grant Roberts (2-40) with the total at 71, Ali (23no) and Jack Bamford (18no) added an unbeaten 41 to see Elworth to 112-4, winning with almost 48 overs to spare.

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