Ashbourne News Telegraph
Former footballer Stallard hits Ashbourne to defeat with ton
FORMER Derby County, Wycombe Wanderers and Notts County footballer Mark Stallard battered Ashbourne to defeat at cricket on Saturday.
He scored 101 not out as Rosehill Methodists made light work of what looked a decent Ashbourne score of 224-6 in their Derbyshire County League Division Five South encounter.
Stallard, now 46, scored 167 goals in 570 appearances for 12 clubs across an 18-year football career but has also scored more than 5,000 runs for Rosehill since first turning out for them in 2010.
Ashbourne were put in to bat and 15-year-olds Pyush Joshi and Uthun De Silva put on 60 for the first wicket.
Four quick wickets took the gloss off that, Joshi going for 36 and De Silva for 32 before Shahbaz Gill made a duck and Richard Hill only two.
Muhammad Jawwad Haque also made a duck and Shahid Ali four but Tom Jordan and Charith De Silva settled into a fine unbroken partnership of 101 to turn the innings round.
Jordan finished on 92 not out and the older De Silva 34 not out.
After an early wicket in the Rosehill innings, Stallard and Bharat Koli took their side past 100 without being parted.
There was a glimmer of hope when Koli went for 36 followed by Varchas Swamy for a duck but Stallard was then joined by James Sharpe in a century stand to win the match by seven wickets with five overs to spare.
Sharpe finished on 49 not out and victory has given Rosehill some hope of avoiding relegation – they are 13 points behind fourth-bottom Ashbourne with four games to play.
Ashbourne seconds enjoyed a good win at home to Kings Bromley seconds in Division Nine South West.
Choosing to bat, they knocked up 212-4 declared in 38 overs, Ed Hodgson making 60 and Andy Hill 74, while Colin Terry chipped in 25.
Despite opener Ben Nicholas making a defiant 52, Kings Bromley had no answer as Hill, Tim Rider and Charlie Birch each took an early wicket.
Vinnie Pegg, with 3-23 from six overs, and Paul Duke, with 4-5 from 4.1 overs, then swept away the rest of the Bromley line-up, bowling them out for 97 in the 32nd over.
Promotion remains a possibility for the seconds, although they would need Clifton third and Dunstall thirds to slip up.
CLIFTON put up a strong battle in Division One but could not avoid their eighth straight defeat.
They chose to bat away to Sawley and lost Mohsin Ali without a run on the board.
Aqib Afzaal and Harry Moore soon followed before Usman Afzaal, who dug in for 147 balls for 54, and Josh Hewitt, whose 59 came from 67 balls, put on 81 for the fourth wicket.
The innings tailed off after they were out but 175-8 at least gave the bowlers something to work with.
Moore and Edd Wilson each took an early wicket in the reply and further wickets at 55 and 56 had Sawley in some trouble.
Clifton were still favourites at 96-6 but Muhammad Atif and Riccardo Small-boyce added 71 for the seventh wicket to turn the tide and Small-boyce was still there on 38 not out when Sawley won by three wickets with 4.2 overs to spare.
Bilal Hussain, with 2-24 from 12 overs, was the pick of the bowlers.
Clifton seconds had a comfortable win in Division Six South after Stuart Apanasewicz hit 55 in their 180-7 at home to Chellaston thirds, who were bowled out for 118, Kit Develin taking 3-37 and Apanasewicz adding 2-23 to his day’s work.
Clifton thirds captain Steve Walwyn had a day to remember as his table-topping side beat Sawley fourths in Division Nine South West.
Walwyn top-scored with 80 as they made 180-8, then took 5-11 from nine overs as Sawley were tumbled for 96.
There was also a good spell from Jamie Longyear, who took 3-12 from 7.4 overs.
THERE were mixed fortunes for Brailsford with a win and a defeat on an important double-header weekend in their Division Three South relegation battle.
On Saturday, at home to Risley, their opponents were put in and rattled up a formidable 274-6, with 75 from Carl Cruz and further half-centuries from Matthew Shaw and Jay Harper.
Shahid Nazir, with 3-49 from 10 overs, was the only bowler to keep Risley in check, while Rupert Sanderson took 2-56 from eight overs and Alexander Reid 1-31.
For the early part of Brailsford’s reply, Adam Randall fought a lone battle as Dan Bould, Sanderson, Matt Dowling and Reid departed for single figures to leave them 45-4.
The innings was revived by Duncan Player putting on 126 with Reid for the fifth wicket.
They were parted when Randall went for 81 from 114 balls with 11 fours and a six.
When Player was seventh out, for 69 from 61 balls, with 10 fours and a six, the game was up for Brailsford and they closed on 212-9, well short of the target, picking up eight points from the game.
The next day, choosing to bat this time at home to Winshill, they made 222-7.
There was a duck for Randall this time and another singlefigure score for Sanderson, but Bould made 42 and Dowling 23.
Reid was the star man this time, hitting 91 from 76 balls with nine fours and five sixes and putting on 77 for the fifth wicket with Player (26).
Winshill were never in the hunt in reply as Player put them behind the clock with 1-17 from 10 overs.
Wickets fell steadily, with Ian Clarke taking 3-30 from 9.3 overs and Ben Walker 3-24 from six overs and the innings ended on 130 in the 40th over.
Brailsford are now 43 points ahead of the bottom two, although second-bottom Melbourne Town have two games in hand on them.
Brailsford seconds, bottom of Division Six South, had to concede their game to Mickleover seconds, which cost them a deduction of 10 points, and the same was true of the thirds in Division Nine South West against Lullington Park thirds.
The thirds did play on Sunday, when rain probably saved them from defeat away to Tutbury thirds.
Tutbury scored 222-9, Vishal Bubber taking 4-49, and Bubber then hit a startling century, 100 exactly from 50 balls, with 10 fours and nine sixes, in a frantic reply which was cut short at 148-8 from only 21.2 overs.