Thriller leaves skipper deflated
JOHN Vaughan-Davies was in sombre mood following Ashtead's one-run defeat to Beddington on Saturday.
It was the Stags' first outing of the season and it was a thriller, with all results possible going into the final ball of the day.
But ultimately the home team were defeated, and with two washouts prior to that clash, Ashtead are without a win.
Something the captain knows all too well.
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"Having lost the first two games to the weather it feels like three losses in a row," complained Vaughan-Davies, who said that there was room for improvement with both the bat and the ball.
He added: "I'm very frustrated because in some ways we bowled well to get them to 183, but we should have restricted them to 140 or 150. We bowled 20 wides and that's unacceptable, that's an extra three overs we've bowled to them and that's a massive thing.
"With our batting line-up though, it was a gettable target, although chasing is difficult.
"If we had batted normally, we probably would have got there. We lacked a few key partnerships and we played a couple of silly shots on a slow wicket and just fell short, one run short. We have got to win it early on rather than the latter stages of the game. We didn't have any solid partnerships up front so it was down to the lower and middle order and we left too much for them to do.
"It's a bit of early season rustiness. There are things to work on, but we need to get over it and I'm sure we will, but we need to get over it quickly."
Ashtead did get over it quickly in some respects, by beating Surrey Academy on Sunday and he realises it is still early days yet.
He finished: "I would hope it's going to be an open league. It's quite a strong league and I think it's going to come down to who can make the most of the longer format of the game and who plays the better cricket in that format will probably come out on top."