1st XI vs Azaad CC

This week the first team welcomed fellow unbeaten side Azaad to Jeffrey Field. Azaad gave up the option to bowl first on a good Ardsley deck and won the toss and were batting first. Some interesting shots got Azaad off to a fast start as they tried to hit Dave Battye out of the attack. At 50-1 Azaad had the advantage given to them but wickets consistently fell to leave them on 102-7. Ardsley should have really tied up the game from here but some late order resistance and some sloppy fielding allowed the visitors to achieve 178 all out in the final over. Dave Battye 15-2-56-3 bowled very well and was well supported by the other bowlers especially Mark Heald 9.2-0-24-3.

The Ardsley reply got off to a shaky start and found themselves at 41-3 when Danny McTernan got out having battled hard to see off the new ball. Louie and Bash rebuilt the innings well to get us back in the ascendency and when Louie (39) departed Ardsley were 84-4 with a lot still to do. Ash Pearson then joined Bash and together batted brilliantly to steer Ardsley home with Pearson ending on 54* and Bash 56* to record another full points win. Another top innings from both showing super fight and maturity with the bat.

1st XI vs Ackworth CC

Sunday we travelled to Ackworth in the village cup with them going well in the Pontefract first division. Ardsley were put into bat and with a shower wetting the wicket 15 minutes before the game Ardsley were in trouble at 20-3 as a few balls misbehaved. However having seen off the opening bowlers Ardsley recovered well which was again lead by Bash (80) and Louie (60) and some lower order punishment given out by Ash Pearson (50) Ardsley achieved 271 in 40 overs which was always going to be a tough score to chase.

Early wickets from both Ardsley opening bowlers Adam Pearson and Scott Mullins left Ackworth at 20-3 and there was no way back when Kabir Bashir came on to take 5 – 15. Some late order hitting from the Ackworth 8 and 9 who took a liking to DAAAAVVVVVEEEEEE (as he was named to by the lively Ackworth crowd) saw Ackworth eventually be bowled out for 140. A super comprehensive victory which sees Ardsley go into the third round and a trip to Carlton on Sunday 28th May with the winners of Houghton Main and Streethouse waiting in the regional final.