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Ashford-in-the-Water Cricket Club



Just a Perfect Day, Sunday 13th June 2004, Ashford in the Water bathed in sunshine, the ground looking picturesque, the crowd milling around, getting settled and ready to enjoy the spectacle of some fine stroke play from the Derbyshire County cricket team, and they were not to be disappointed.


Ashford in the Water took to the field for the most prestigious fixture in the club’s history. Warm rapturous applause greeted the Derbyshire openers Moss and Walker and the pair were quickly into their stride, Moss with a delightfully timed cover drive off Peter Marsden’s second delivery. Walker, faced Hulley and despatched his second delivery for six, the dye had been well and truly set.


Ten overs in and Walker on 73 relinquished his wicket, Ashford keeper Dominic Pathe taking a fine catch off the bowling of Tom Marvin.



Ashford Cricket Club

Next over, Moss (42) went, again caught behind by Pathe, Paulett being the jubilant bowler, with the score on 116, were we about to see a mini collapse? I don’t think so.


Stubbing and Gait put on further 40 in quick time, before Paulett claimed his second wicket of the day getting one to nip back in, removing Stubbings off stump for 21. Two runs later Marvin struck Gait (16) this time getting a thin snick and Pathe again took the chance with aplomb.


Bryant joined Bassano, and the score raced to over 300, both players playing some fine strokes to all parts of the ground (and beyond). Bryant taking a shine to the bowling of Needham, when on 67 he went for the magical six sixes in the over, two straight drives into the meadow, two pull shots over mid wicket and the fifth into the tree over extra cover, the crowd were being royally entertained and showed their appreciation. Needham delivered the sixth and final ball of the over, Bryant stepped down the wicket, the crowd held their breaths, Bryant had skied it, Henson ran in and took a fine catch just short of the boundary, Needham fell to his knees, as everyone around the ground gave the games most entertaining moment the level of applause it deserved.


Bryant graciously acknowledging the standing ovation he received on his return to the pavilion.


The game was now into the final ten overs as Skipper Sutton joined Bassano who carried on regardless, before going the same way as Bryant, caught Henson, bowled Needham for a sparkling 77.

Sutton had moved on to 27 before becoming Needhams 3rd wicket of the day, and with 4 over’s left McGrath replaced Carrington at the Devonshire end and claimed the wickets of Welch (4) again to the safe hands of Henson, off the final ball of his first over, then Dean (3) clean bowled off the first ball of his second, hat trick ball!!! Havell in at 11 was having none of it, and promptly despatched 3 fours and a six to close the innings on 405 for 9.


After tea, Ashford’s Paulett and Sweet took guard, Dean and Havell bowling medium to quick, on a line a length, a pleasure to watch, it was 4 overs before the Ashford pair made contact, Paulett stroking a delightful cover drive to the boundary, the P. A system came alive to the sound of Kool and the Gang’s “celebration”, the atmosphere was superb.


Welch and Moss replaced the Derbyshire opening bowlers; Moss soon broke through, Sweet LBW. Henson in at 3 went the following over Welch removing his leg stump with out scoring.


Paulett had now started to play some strokes worthy of the county side; two especially majestic cover drives off the bowling of Moss. Welch had McGrath smartly caught at 2nd slip and Paulett (26) the same way 2 overs later.


Skipper Davies and keeper Pathe took up the challenge and put on 40 for the 5th wicket, Davies hitting Stubbings for 3 boundaries in an over, Gloria Gaynors “I will survive” wafted over the pitch.


The Derbyshire team were now in high spirit, as was Davies (25) hitting two marvellous sixes before being caught off the bowling of Moss. Pathe (19) too was enjoying the experience pulling over square leg and punching through the covers before being caught behind by skipper Sutton.


Carrington opened his innings with an almighty blow over deep mid wicket and quickly reached 21 before becoming Moss’s fifth victim again caught behind.


Marsden went the way of Marvin without troubling the scorer’s whilst Needham took the opportunity to give back some of the medicine he had earlier received by pulling two glorious boundaries, one for six into the meadow and four to square before being stumped dancing down the pitch. Ashford in the Water 119 all out.



Sheepwash Bridge

The after match presentations were made on behalf of Ashford by Chairman, Brent Ellis announcing Derbyshire Skipper Luke Sutton as “Lord” Sutton which went down well with his team mates.


He thanked everyone for supporting the club’s new pavilion appeal and a specially commissioned oil painting by local artist John Davies of the Ashford cricket ground was presented to Derbyshire by Jamie Carrington and Sam Ellis.

Man of the match awards went to James Bryant for a superb 97 and for Ashford to Dominic Pathe for his contribution behind the stumps.


And the winners, well, everyone, the supporters and spectators of the event, being treated to some fine cricket, Ashford in the Water Cricket club for the experience and a great start to the appeal, which will hopefully ensure that cricket will be continued to be played for many generations to come and finally, Derbyshire County Cricket Club, it is indeed a pleasure to see, that in the modern era, when huge pressures are placed on the professional game, that a club of Derbyshire’s standing are so willing to under take such a fixture to support cricket at grass roots level.


David Houghton and his young team are to be commended for the way they approached the event, all being true sportsmen as well gentlemen in every sense of the word.


And to end the Perfect Day, Confirmation that Derbyshire County Cricket Club, are to return to Ashford in the Water July 10th 2005. Day’s just don’t come any better than this........Just a Perfect Day.


To David Houghton, Luke Sutton and the rest of the Derbyshire Team, many thanks and all the very best for the rest of the season – Ashford Cricket Club.

Report supplied by Ashford-in-the-Water Cricket Club.

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In order to boost the New Pavilion Appeal, the club approached Derbyshire County Cricket Club for support in 2004.  They willingly agreed to send the first eleven to play a match against the club side that year, and enjoyed the occasion so much that they are returning again on the 10 July 2005, to play another match.


Date: 10 July

Start: 1pm

Finish: 5.30pm (approx)

Entry: Free (or nominal charge)

Car Parking: Free

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Public Marquee

All Day Barbecues


Once the fixture had been agreed a working party was set up to manage the event.

The club's  sponsor Coverworld UK Ltd., of Chesterfield again agreed  to be the main match sponsor.

The return fixture has caught the public's imagination and is being eagerly looked forward to by the whole village.


There has been a cricket club in the village since before 1841, and it is currently a member of the Yorkshire and Derbyshire Cricket League, where it holds Division 1 status. The club also plays mid week in the Longstone League and  holds friendly matches on Sundays.

Ashford's home ground, two miles outside Bakewell, just off the A6 on the road to  Buxton, is on the eastern side of the village. It is one of the prettiest grounds in not only the county, but in the country. The club though is not just satisfied with its idyllic setting, it is also ambitious and good progress has been made both on and off the field in recent years. 

In keeping with their progress on the field, the club are continually looking to improve their facilities and in 2004 they launched a  New Pavilion Appeal. A major event occurred that year on Sunday 13 June, when the local club took on the might of Derbyshire County Cricket Club to raise funds for their new pavilion. The county team will be returning in 2005.


This non-commercial web site  based on the Discover Derbyshire Supplements published by the Derby Evening Telegraph. The supplements feature towns and villages, with countryside walks and heritage trails.

The site is now being extended to provide features that should be of interest to the visitor and local person alike. For a full up date on what is on offer, click below.




The lovely village of Ashford-in-the-Water nestles on the banks of the River Wye as it slowly meanders its way south towards Bakewell.

Ashford Feature


An outstanding walk  at first gently climbing up to Monsal Head from where you get one of the best views in Derbyshire.

Ashford Walk


On Trinity Sunday, Ashford celebrates the founding of the church. Following the service, there is a procession to bless the six wells that are dressed annually.

Ashford-in-the-Water Well Dressings