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North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Cricket League Division One A

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: April 30, 2014

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A BOWLING return of 5-6 off just five overs by Michael Dyer put paid to any hope Ashcombe Park had of recording a win in their first home game of the season.

Chasing Barlaston's considerable total of 232, Ashcombe crashed to defeat by 132 runs.

The home side's run chase had started well, with Ryan Ball scoring 33 and fellow opener Tom Boulton 22. Rizwan Haider and Dave Proffitt both struck 12 but Haider, caught by Brian Sims, became an early victim for Dyer.

After replacing Alex Thorley (2-52) in the Barlaston attack, Dyer went on to run through the remaining batting like the proverbial hot knife.

The last six Ashcombe batsmen could only muster seven runs between them.

Zafar Iqbal, who bowled throughout the innings from the other end to finish with 3-41, kept the pressure on as the home side were bowled out for exactly 100.

Earlier, it had all begun splendidly for Ian Alcock's side after Barlaston had opted to bat and maybe regretted their decision at first.

Haider continued his good form with the ball, claiming four early wickets and with Josh Johnson and Grant Roberts each taking a wicket, Barlaston were on the ropes at 98-6.

But the green shoots of a recovery were growing as that sixth wicket had already added 38 runs after half the Barlaston wickets had fallen for just 60.

Alex Thorley continued the revival with 34, wicketkeeper Jon Taylor top scored with 42 and Simon Dyer and Iqbal added 27 and 29 respectively before last man, skipper Mark Stanyer, battered an unbeaten 31 with three fours and three sixes off what was now clearly a tiring Ashcombe attack.

Haider claimed two further wickets to end with a very creditable 6 -55, whilst Johnson and Roberts shared the other four wickets between them.

The final four Barlaston wickets had added 134 runs – which eventually turned out to be almost identical to their winning margin.

Ashcombe Park 7pts, Barlaston 25pts.

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