Season coming to a grim end for Ashford
IN THE first match of the season to be affected by the weather, Ashford ladies lost out to Brighton & Hove on run rate in the Southern League Championship.
The visitors batted well, Amanda Sturmer’s patient 67 setting the foundation for their innings, and allowing the middle order to play their shots.
Ashford’s bowlers mixed fortunes.
There were far too many extras conceded, not helped by some untidy fielding at times, but Dani Gregory and Elizabeth Hackney bowled excellent spells, each giving away fewer than three runs per over.
Hackney beat the bat several times, and was finally rewarded with Sturmer’s wicket from her last delivery, a difficult catch well taken by Sarah Taylor.
Gregory, however, was the most threatening, and was unlucky to claim just two wickets with her leg spin, some deliveries just too good to get a bat on.
With a strong batting lineup, Ashford were confident they could chase down the 200 needed for victory, but the loss of their top four before the score had reached 60 left some rebuilding to be done, had while the required run rate steadily increased.
Molly Sellars looked in good form, and had reached 15 playing in steady drizzle before the
Dani Gregory in action for Ashford