Semi Final Reed vs ARCC 6th August 2017

Aston Rowant’s Lord’s final dream is over – Report from From Oxford Mail

ASTON Rowant’s dream of reaching a Lord’s final ended with a 74-run defeat away to Hertfordshire side Reed.

The Oxfordshire side must have fancied their chances of winning their semi-final clash, when they restricted the home side to 179-9.
But they could not cope with the strong Reed attack and slumped to 105 all out.

It was a heart-breaking result for Tim Morgan’s side and their 200 travelling supporters.

It was the second time had fallen one step short of reaching Lord’s.

But unlike the previous occasion in 1984, which went to the final over, the result was never in doubt once they had slumped to 73-7.

Rowant looked in control after inserting the hosts and reducing them to 88-5 after 27 overs.

The wickets were shared around, but Reed opener Richard Wharton and skipper Tom Greaves, both of whom made 48, added 44 for the sixth wicket.

Greaves hit five sixes off 36 balls as the home side rattled up 34 from the last 20 balls to set Rowant a target of 180.

Spinner Sasha Barras took 4-54, while seamer Dominic Whatman claimed 3-38 and Wes Morrick and Gordon Harris delivered tidy spells.

Rowant were soon struggling against the tight bowling of Toby Fynn and jack Tidey, and slipped to 18-3 after ten overs.

While Chris Watling, who scored 33 off 67 balls, was at the crease Rowant still had hopes of winning. But when he was seventh out, the result was a foregone conclusion.

After a few brave blows, Rowant were all out for 105 in the 33rd over.

Chairman Paul Humphreys was philosophical after the defeat. “We’re obviously disappointed, but we were well beaten on the day by the better side, especially on the bowling front,” he said.
“But we’ve done really well to reach the semi-final and can reflect proudly on that.”

Quarter Final ARCC Vs Ynystawe

Aston Rowant one victory from Lord’s after easy win

ASTON Rowant are one win away from a dream trip to Lord’s following a convincing victory over Ynystawe in the quarter-finals.

In front of more than 500 spectators, Rowant overcame the Welsh visitors by seven wickets with six overs to spare to secure their place in the last four for the first time since 1984.

Their opponents are Hertfordshire champions Reed, who beat Bledlow Village and will now host Rowant on Sunday, August 6, with a Lord’s final awaiting the winners.

Ynystawe, who brought 200 fans to the game, were always struggling following a horrendous start after being put in to bat.

Opener Tom Blake was run out in the first over after smart work by Sasha Barras.

Then in the next over, his partner Tom Davies was caught by Barras, also for nought, off Dom Whatman.

When Whatman then dismissed Brendon McKay for another duck in the sixth over, the visitors were a disastrous 4-3.

With Wes Morrick giving nothing away at the other end and Adam Muttitt producing an effective spell of off-spin, Ynystawe faced a long haul to recovery.

It was led by Matthew Blake, a Swansea City Aademy footballer, who put together a innings of 45 to ensure they passed three figures.

A late flurry took them up to an under-par total of 141 from their 40 overs.

Morrick conceded only ten runs from his eight overs, while Whatman returned super figures of 2-13.

In reply, Rowant soon lost Andrew Tolson, but his fellow opener Tim Morgan was then joined by Chris Watling, who kept the score ticking over in a stand of 77.

After Morgan departed for 37, Watling upped the rate, reaching his 50 off 56 with one six and seven fours.

Alex Jewell kept him company in a stand of 39, before falling just three runs short of the target.

Morrick completed the victory by striking his first ball – the last of the 34th over – to the boundary to spark the celebrations.

Watling, who finished 59 not out, and Morrick left the field to a standing ovation.

Among those witnessing the scenes was John Pearson, who captained the 1984 side, which went down to Hampshire opponents Hursley Park in the semi-finals.

All the village will be hoping for better this time.

Coach to the Village Knockout 6th august 2017

Coach to the village knockout against Reed on 6th August

The Club are laying on a coach or coaches to the Village Knockout semi final against Reed on August 6th

So we know how many coaches to book we need a commitment to go by Friday.

Please either email Newsletter@astonrowantcc.com

Or access the google sheet and add your name and how many seats you want to the list on this LINK

We need to Know by friday lunch time at the latest.

Village Knockout 23 July 2017

2017 Watsons Village Cup Quarter Finals 23rd July 2017

Aston Rowant v Ynystawe (Oxfordshire v Glam & Gwent)

Aston Rowant are through to the Quarter Finals of the Watsons Village Cup knockout. Please come along on Sunday 23rd July and support the lads and enjoy a beer, cider or Prosecco or two!

There will be a bar, BBQ, teas, coffees, cakes, ice creams, raffle and more. A perfect way to spend your Sunday afternoon! Game starts at 1pm.

Hope to see you there.

Aston Rowant reach Watsons Village Cup quarter-finals

Sasha Barras shines as Aston Rowant reach Watsons Village Cup quarter-finals

SASHA Barras’s magnificent bowling display helped Aston Rowant ease past Rockhampton and reach the national quarter-finals. The spinner took 7-31, including a hat-trick, as the Oxfordshire champions beat their Gloucestershire visitors by eight wickets in front of a crowd of more than 400 at Butts Way.

It is the furthest Rowant have been in the competition for 33 years, after reaching the semi-finals in 1978 and 1984.

They will next face Welsh side Ynystawe at home in the last eight on Sunday, July 23.

Rockhampton, finalists at Lord’s in 2013, elected to bat and went on to lose wickets regularly. No batsman scored more than 30, while they slipped from 81-3 to 138-7 in 13 overs.

Barras took the final three wickets with a superb hat-trick to dismiss the visitors for 151. The total was never going to be enough and Rowant secured victory in the 31st over. Their run chase began superbly when Dan Matthews (62) and Tim Morgan (56) put on 106 for the first wicket. Matthews, who hit 13 fours, was dismissed, but Chris Watling joined Morgan to put Rowant on the verge of victory. The latter was stumped with the scores level, before Watling hit a boundary to secure a commanding victory.

Aston’s own “Wags&mumma’s” (wives, girlfriends, sisters and mums!) prior to serving teas to the crowds on Sunday