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ACT Premier Cricket: Eastlake's English import enjoying warm Canberra summer

When presented with the choice of a hot Australian summer or a chilly English winter, Eastlake spinner Joe Ashmore did not take much convincing to try his hand down under.

The 18-year-old, left-arm orthodox spinner is making the most of his stint in Canberra after accepting an invitation from Eastlake captain Michael Spaseski.

Eastlake's English import Joe Ashmore is enjoying his first season in the ACT Premier Cricket competition.
Eastlake's English import Joe Ashmore is enjoying his first season in the ACT Premier Cricket competition. Photo: Jamila Toderas

The pair crossed paths a few years ago when Spaseski was the overseas import for Bognor Regis in West Sussex.

The club has quickly become a favourite among Canberra cricketers, with Weston Creek Molonglo all-rounder Sam Taylor replacing Spaseski for the past two years.

Spaseski touched base with Ashmore earlier this year to see if he would be interested in continuing his development with Eastlake.

"I know what it's like in England this time of year, so it was a very easy decision," Ashmore said.

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"It's always great to be in the 30 degree heat, which is a bonus.

"I knew it'd be a challenge because Michael played for my team and he was pretty good.

"I think I've done well, so that's the main part."

It has not taken long for Ashmore to play an important role in Eastlake's bowling attack.

He is the second-leading wicket-taker in the ACT Premier Cricket first-grade competition this season with 22 wickets at 12.59, with best bowling figures of 5-9 against Ginninderra.

While he has been tough to face in the one-day format, Ashmore's next challenge is translating that form to the two-day games.

"In the one-dayers, the batsmen attack me a little bit more," he said.

"I try and bowl as tight as I can and get wickets that way, but in the two-dayers, they can block me out for as many maidens and then if I bowl a bad ball, they just put it away. I just need to get my consistency right."

Ashmore's performances in the one-day competition helped Eastlake claim the minor premiership before they were beaten by eventual champions Queanbeyan in the semi-finals.

The two teams will renew their rivalry this weekend when they square off at Kingston Oval in the Douglas Cup.

Queanbeyan are second on the ladder on 12 points after two games, with Eastlake nipping at their heels on 10.

Both teams will be without their ACT Comets representatives for Sunday's second day.

Spaseski, who will captain the Comets for the first time, will be a big loss for Eastlake, while Queanbeyan batsman Dean Solway has been recalled for the Futures League.

ACT PREMIER CRICKET - ROUND 10 

Saturday: Eastlake v Queanbeyan at Kingston Oval. Tuggeranong v Wests/UC at Chisholm Oval. Weston Creek Molonglo v Ginninderra at Stirling Oval. North Canberra Gungahlin v ANU at Harrison No 2 Oval. Play starts at 11am. Games continue on Sunday.