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U17’s hit 223 from 20 overs with Will Hammersley top scoring with 94

U17’s hit 223 from 20 overs with Will Hammersley top scoring with 94

After losing last week to Oxford U17’s we need to win our remaining games if we are to reach finals day again and retain our trophy.

After winning the toss skipper Oli Shaw elected to bat first on another glorious evening. Openers Jamie Revill and Will Hammersley set the pace for the rest of the innings, after 2 overs the score had moved to 23 with both batsmen hitting 4’s and 6’s. With the score on 40 in the 3rd over Jamie was bowled for 16. Oli joined Will at the crease and the pair continued the high run rate. Will was taking advantage of some short pitched bowling and sending the ball to all parts of the ground and with the score on 82 in the 6th over Oli was caught at Long On by a fantastic low diving catch for 16 with the score on 82.

David White was next in and rotated the strike well keeping Will on the strike and the 100 came up in only the 8th over! The score had moved onto 135 in the 11th over when David was caught for 14. James Coles was next in and his first ball was a low full toss which disappeared over the scoreboard for 6! Will’s approach now was to save energy so he decided to hit boundaries including 2 successive big 6’s in the 13th over. With the home batsmen looking for the lost balls in the field and with the supply of spare pink balls running out, the score had moved on to 172 in the 14th over when Will was bowled for a splendid 94. Casper Mason joined James in the middle and the pair batted out the remaining overs. James reached his 50 before the ARCC’s innings closed on 223 from 20 overs with James on 53 and Casper 12.

In reply Oli changed the bowling order and opened with Sam Chown and Rafe Mason. It was Rafe who got the breakthrough after a catch by Carrick with the score on 24 and a few balls later Rafe and Carrick did the same again to leave Horspath on 24 for 2 from 4 overs. Sam then had their opener caught down the leg side by a smart catch by stand in keeper James Coles with the score on 26. Next over Rafe picked up his 3rd wicket after a catch by his brother Casper with the score on 33.

Louis Summons replaced Sam and bowled a tight line and in his 2nd over picked up a wicket after a catch by Jamie and Louis followed this up with another wicket in his 3rd over after another catch by Carrick to leave Horspath on 52 for 6.

No more wickets fell and Carrick, Oli and Will bowled out the remaining overs and Horspath closed their innings on 111.

Next game is an away trip to Bicester and North Oxford on Monday 23rd July.

Nigel Revill

By | 2018-07-18T08:00:06+00:00 July 18th, 2018|Latest News|Comments Off on U17’s hit 223 from 20 overs with Will Hammersley top scoring with 94

Dan Moriarty bowls 1st XI to victory!

Dan Moriarty bowls 1st XI to victory!

ARCC 1st XI – 244-9 declared, Horspath 1st XI -167 all out, Moriarty 6-26.

Aston Rowant’s star of the show last week was undoubtedly Dan Moriarty as he bowled us to a 77-run win in the Home Counties Premier League Division 1.

Chasing the 244-9 dec after we had been put in to bat, Horspath slumped to 167 all out with left-arm spinner Moriarty masterminding victory for Rowant with 6-26.  Horspath’s reply had begun well with Robbie Eason and debutant Tom Beresford putting on 52 for the first wicket, but Moriarty’s introduction into the attack turned the game. He quickly made the breakthrough by bowling Beresford for 25, and in the next over James Fitzjohn saw his stumps knocked back by a delivery from Wes Morrick, which kept low, before he’d got off the mark, making it 53-2.

Eason was then adjudged lbw to Moriarty for 25, with the score on 71. Bowling from the scout hut end, the 18-year-old South African was causing Horspath batters all sorts of problems, and Darryl Brown survived a sharp chance to Morrick at slip just before tea, which arrived with Horspath 84-3.

However, it proved a short-lived reprieve for Horspath’s overseas player as the South African fell lbw to Moriarty for a fluent 31 soon after the interval with just two more runs on the board. Shahbaz Ali, playing his first game since the last match of the 2016 season after taking a year out, was then bowled by Moriarty, leaving Horspath 91-5.

Stephen Green became the spinner’s fifth victim when he chipped a catch to Tom Condon at mid-wicket with the score on 106. Seven runs later, skipper Will Eason was caught by Leo Bethell off Dom Whatman, who then bowled Will Robertson for nought with another unplayable delivery, making it 114-8.

Jehan Mohammed and Jamil Faruq gave Horspath hope of salvaging a draw by putting on 53 for the ninth wicket, but when they both fell on the same score it was game over. Mohammed was caught behind by Josh Smith off Chris Watling for 25, and in the next over Faruq holed out to Gordon Harris at long off for 30 with Moriarty completing his six-wicket haul to secure victory and send the 1st XI 16 points clear at the top at the half way stage.

Earlier, Horspath did a good job of containing us for much of our innings before the our last pair of Will Pendered and Gordon Harris shared an unbroken stand of 40 to set up a bold declaration, which helped to give us some real momentum & we saw Horspath’s heads were dropping.

Andrew Tolson and Dan Matthews put on 31 for the first wicket, before the latter was caught out of his crease by a direct hit from the quick-thinking Brown and was run out. Tom Condon had helped move the score on to 77 when he was caught by Fitzjohn in the covers off Faruq for 20, and two runs later Will Eason trapped Tolson lbw for 43.

Skipper Josh Smith and Watling took Rowant to lunch at 127-3, but they had added only 14 more after the resumption when the former was bowled by Brown. The South African all-rounder struck again with the score on 178 when Watling was defeated by one which kept low, and five runs later Brown claimed his third victim when Morrick was caught by Fitzjohn for 17.

Moriarty was the next to fall to Brown when he edged to Will Eason at slip without scoring, making it 189-7. Rowant had added just three more runs when Fitzjohn claimed his first league wicket by bowling Bethell. And the off-spinner struck again with Whatman being caught by Brown, making it 204-9, but Horspath were then frustrated by Rowant’s last pair. Pendered led the way with an unbeaten 36, ably supported by Harris, to allow Josh Smith to declare in the 61st over ^& therefore giving us a few extra overs to bowl Horspath out. Brown (4-56) was the pick of the Horspath attack, while Fitzjohn took 2-23, Faruq 1-41 and Eason 1-45.

The win took Aston Rowant 1st XI to the top of the HCPL Division 1 table at the half way stage in the season, which no one really pays much attention to but we’d no doubt have taken that before the start of the season having recorded 6 wins from the first 9 games, one loss to High Wycombe & one draw versus Tring Park & the abandonment against Finchampstead in a game we probably would have gone on to win.

The 1st XI would like to thank everyone who made the short trip over to Horspath to support the lads as we really appreciated everyone getting behind us in what can be a hostile place to play cricket despite the Horspath players generally being good lads & we enjoyed a beer with them after.

This week we take on Oxford CC who will be smarting still after being bowled out by us in the opening game of the season for 96.  They will be boosted by Calvin Dickenson who is on the staff at Hampshire & is a class act.  They’ll also have their former Pakistan test player Ayub who is a dangerous operator if he gets going & he’s already scored a two or three 100’s this season.

We would very much welcome any support in what should be a good game of cricket with another hot and sunny day in store.  Wesley Morrick unfortunately sits this one out with a troublesome hamstring issue but we welcome back young heart throb Adam Muttitt who returns after finishing his 1st year in an adult environment.  George Reid also returns after missing the last two games with piss poor excuses / commitment & with Morrick injured it means Whatman plays on in the 1st XI yet again.

ARCC 1st XI: Reid, Tolson, Condon, Smith, Watling, Pendered, Moriarty, Bethell, Muttitt, Whatman, Harris.

By | 2018-07-06T15:13:46+00:00 July 6th, 2018|Latest News|Comments Off on Dan Moriarty bowls 1st XI to victory!

ARCC Girls reach finals day after 9 wicket victory over MP Academy

ARCC Girls reach finals day after 9 wicket victory over MP Academy

ARCC girls have done it!

After beating MP Sports Academy on Thursday by 9 wickets they top their league after winning all 6 games.  Skipper Aimee Diab won the toss and elected to field first on a hot evening. ARCC really worked hard in the field and got early wickets thanks to Jacob Eaton and Samuel Grocutt and then Aimee and Georgia Fenwick both bowled maiden overs with Georgia nearly getting a hat-trick. MP Sports ended their innings on 82 for 9 from 20 overs.

In reply ARCC then came it to bat and this was led by Charlie Basden who paired with Samuel was not out for 26 when ARCC got the required runs ending on 85 for 1 from 9 overs.

Mak Diab
Aston Rowant Girls Manager

By | 2018-07-06T15:42:16+00:00 July 6th, 2018|Latest News|Comments Off on ARCC Girls reach finals day after 9 wicket victory over MP Academy

ARCC Girls pass Cublington test

ARCC Girls pass Cublington test

ARCC Girls played top of the table Cublington Girls knowing a win was vital if they wanted to progress to finals day.

Captain for the day Aimee Diab won the toss and elected to bat first, the team also had Melissa Chapman playing her first game. Conor Rogan and Charlie Basden opened the batting, Conor scored 10 and Charlie scoring 18. Aimee also got in the runs and had to retire after scoring 30 supported by Jacob Eaton who scored 19 helping the team end on a very good 121.

In reply Cublington’s openers started very well but kept losing wickets throughout their innings and it was Jacob who took last wicket removing their opener who made 34 in their total of 100.

Result – Aston Rowant won by 21 runs

Mak Diab
Aston Rowant Girls Manager

By | 2018-07-06T13:44:19+00:00 July 6th, 2018|Latest News|Comments Off on ARCC Girls pass Cublington test

U17’s off to a winning start with 8 wicket victory over Shipton – 2.7.18

U17’s off to a winning start with 8 wicket victory over Shipton

On a gorgeous evening ARCC U17’s season got underway with an away match at Shipton.

After losing the toss Shipton elected to bat on a very dry rock hard pitch with very short boundaries! Opening bowlers Caspar Mason and Jamie Revill bowled a tight line and it wasn’t long before Jamie had bowled both openers leaving the home side on 20 for 2 from 5 overs. Captain Oli Shaw changed the bowlers and brought on some spin at both ends with Ben Porter and James Coles. With the batsmen’s eyes lighting up thinking it was time to go after the bowling wickets began to tumble! Ben picked a wicket with his first over and followed this by 3 further wickets in his 3rd over with James also getting in the act taking a wicket. In the middle of this there was a run out which left Shipton reeling on 54 for 8 from 12 of their allocated 20 overs. Enter Sam Chown who bowled the next over and bowled out both of their tail-enders to leave Shipton all out for 60 runs.

In reply openers James and Oli got things off to a mixed start with Oli being caught out for 1 then Carrick Dunbar joined James in the middle and after a few wides and boundaries the score had moved onto 17 from the first over! The pair batted sensibly and took advantage of some loose bowling until James was caught out for 28 with the scores level!

Toby Francis came in to face the next ball which was signalled wide and the end of the match, Carrick was left on 20 not out.

Result – Aston Rowant won by 8 wickets with 13 overs spare.

Many thanks to Andy Francis for scoring

Nigel Revill
Aston Rowant U17 Manager

By | 2018-07-04T07:34:28+00:00 July 4th, 2018|Latest News|Comments Off on U17’s off to a winning start with 8 wicket victory over Shipton – 2.7.18

U15’s Top Oxfordshire League Pool 2, but Face Defeat in Semi-Final Play-Off

U15’s Top Oxfordshire League Pool 2, but Face Defeat in Semi-Final Play-Off

Having won the previous week in an exciting final league match at Didcot, Aston Rowant were level on points with Horspath in Pool 2 of the Oxfordshire U15 League. In order to separate the two teams, the League adjudged that the outcome of the league fixture between the two clubs should decide the winner of the Pool. As Aston Rowant came out easy winners against Horspath at the start of the season, our name went into the hat for the draw for the semi-finals.

Aston Rowant were drawn away to Middleton Cheney, which was a new ground for many of the players. Due to fixture congestion and the ECB requirement to play the final by 1st July, the semi-finals were quickly arranged between the clubs and Aston Rowant duly made the long trip to Middleton Cheney on a fine Monday evening.

Middleton Cheney won the toss and put Aston Rowant into bat. Openers Louis Summons and Sam Chown provided a solid start to the innings before Louis was caught for 19. Carrick Dunbar came in and kept the scoreboard moving. Sam continued to look largely untroubled by the bowling before retiring after reaching fifty in the 17th over. Carrick tried to increase the scoring but was unfortunately run out towards the end of the innings having reached 26.

Aston Rowant completed their 20 overs on 117 for 3. As Middleton Cheney were an unknown quantity, it was difficult to judge whether this was would be sufficient.

The Middleton Cheney openers managed to keep the scoring above the required run rate from the very start. Whilst Sam Chown took the wicket of their captain Benjamin Cross in the fifth over and Joe Davies picked up another in the ninth over, Middleton Cheney kept the pressure on Aston Rowant’s total. The remaining opener, Harry Boynton retired on 50 in the twelfth over. Middleton Cheney reached a total of 121 without further loss in the 16th over, winning by 8 wickets.

Although the score suggests a comfortable victory by Middleton Cheney, we were close to breaking through their middle order towards the end of the game which could have meant a different outcome.

In the other semi-final, Minster Lovell easily beat Horspath B the following evening to set up a final with Middleton Cheney.

Andy Francis

Manager, Aston Rowant U15’s

By | 2018-06-29T15:45:35+00:00 June 29th, 2018|Latest News|Comments Off on U15’s Top Oxfordshire League Pool 2, but Face Defeat in Semi-Final Play-Off

Aston Rowant CC 1st XI vs Thame CC 1st XI, Saturday 23rd June

Aston Rowant CC 1st XI vs Thame CC 1st XI, Saturday 23rd June

Aston Rowant hosted local rivals Thame Town Cricket Club to Butts way at the weekend. The side were without George Reid, who had pulled out of the game to watch a bunch of mediocre teenagers play at Lords in the Harrow vs Eton match. Ironically the stadium has a capacity of 30000, yet having checked GCSE Bitesize’s live updates there were rather embarrassingly roughly 15 spectators- a figure less than the amount at Aston Rowant. Will Pendered was also missing as he was getting a bamboo tattoo on his shoulder blade in Kurdish, allegedly stating “if we all had a bong, we all get along”. The well travelled Dan Matthews replaced Reid in the side, while Knowler replaced Pendered. Butts Way was looking fantastic, and Skipper Smith won the toss and elected to field, a huge call on a day where the wicket looked flat and the sun was shining.

It must be noted that this is an incredibly hard match report to write, as very little can be said for the Thame batting display- batsman one to eleven were regularly being mistaken as Chris Leaney by the spectators due to their awkward inept nature at the crease. Morrick and Bethell made the early inroads, as Bethell took advantage of the Thame batsmans lack of desire to move their feet, bowling the perfect length to bowl Thame’s opener and trap their number three LBW. Thame found themselves in dire straits at 8-4 off 8.1 overs. Wes Morrick continued his metronomic bowling and was ably assisted by Chris Watling who took two sharp low catches at third slip- enabling Morrick to run through the middle order and finish with figures of 14 overs, 5 wickets for 20 runs, a fantastic bowling display.

Sensing an early finish and with a significant desire to give the overseas some exercise to sort out his sloppy rig, captain Smith gave overseas Moriarty 4 overs when only a couple of tailend wickets were required. Moriarty capitalised and managed to steal the wicket of Thame’s number ten batsman. With only one wicket required and Moriarty tiring after his four over spell, Harris was given a burst and wrapped up the innings in style by finding the edge of Thame’s final batsman. Thame were eventually all out for 59 off 27.1 overs.

Local boys Matthews and Tolson were sent out to set about chasing down the 60 runs required victory. Thame immediately turned to spin bowling and the batsman batted through until the lunch break with the score on 18-0 from five overs. Again, spin was the means of attack following lunch, however no wickets fell and the batsman reached 62-0 off 13.2 overs to win the game with ten wickets to spare. A comprehensive victory for the Rowant team and notably a dangerously early finish for the likes of Knowler, a man who often ends up Orbiting Butts way at 32000 feet following games that end at 7pm in the evening, let alone 2pm.

This week the boys travel to local Horspath in what should be a tough game against a well drilled side who always play well at home. We thank any supporters in advance travelling to support us. We are blessed by having Dan Matthews in the side again before he disappears off to study the rock formations of the Pyrenees, whilst Pendered comes back into the side & Whatman is denied his HCPL retirement once again & looks destined for a lovely day out / TFC at Horspath.

ARCC 1st XI: Tolson, Matthews, Condon, Smith, Watling, Morrick, Pendered, Moriarty, Bethell, Whatman, Harris

By | 2018-06-29T15:42:36+00:00 June 29th, 2018|Latest News|Comments Off on Aston Rowant CC 1st XI vs Thame CC 1st XI, Saturday 23rd June

Aston Rowant U15 victory at Didcot sets up semi final match at Middleton Cheney next Monday evening, 25th June, 6.00pm start

Aston Rowant U15 victory at Didcot sets up semi final match at Middleton Cheney next Monday evening, 25th June, 6.00pm start

Didcot won the toss and elected to bat on a cool, blustery evening at Boundary Park.  Jacob Knight and Oscar Bean began cautiously against the new ball, until frustration got the better of Jacob when Sam Chown swung the ball past his ambitious attempt to drive the bowler back down the ground.  Oscar collected three boundaries in a typically cultured innings of 22 from 32 balls, before playing back fatally to a delivery from Benedict Hamilton that failed to rise above ankle height.  Thereafter, only Robert Casson (11) managed to reach double-figures as Lewis North ripped out Didcot’s middle-order with six wickets for 11 runs from this four overs.  Lewis was ably supported by Lottie Shaw, with the batsmen so beguiled by the ball turning away from the bat that they were only able to accumulate a meagre 12 runs from the final six overs of their innings.

Chasing just 76 runs for victory, Aston Rowant matched Didcot’s struggles at the top of the innings against the opening burst from Oscar Bean and Robert Casson.  Sam Chown pushed a delivery straight back to Robert in the second over, who then followed this up by defeating an airy drive from Rory Francis.  At 11 for 2 in the sixth over, the momentum had swung back towards the home side.  However, Toby Francis remained unbowed, and began to move through the gears against Didcot’s change bowlers as he unleashed a number of sumptuous drives either side of extra-cover.  Toby had reached 36 from 37 balls when his attempt to pull the persevering Sam Sweeney proved his undoing.

By this time, Toby had very much broken the back of the run-chase, leaving the middle order to find just a further 18 runs from the final seven overs.  This they managed – but not without some alarm – with two overs and two wickets to spare.  Aston Rowant thus completed their Pool 2 compaign in the Under-15 League with 27 points, and just the one defeat which was just enough to win their pool group.

In the semi-final draw Aston Rowant have been drawn away at Middleton Cheney next Monday evening, 25th June, 6.00pm start

Picture and Match report by Martyn Johnson

By | 2018-06-21T12:27:08+00:00 June 19th, 2018|Latest News|Comments Off on Aston Rowant U15 victory at Didcot sets up semi final match at Middleton Cheney next Monday evening, 25th June, 6.00pm start

U9’s and U11’s Haddenham Tournament

8 of our Under 9 boys attended the Haddenham tournament on Sunday.  They played 4 mini matches.  As the morning went on the bowling became more accurate and there were some great 4s and 6s when batting.  It was great practice and good fun for all. Matt Chown

In the afternoon it was the U11’s turn to play where there were brilliant performance from all the boys improving bowling and batting as each over passed. Shout outs to Lucas Fendom who contributed in all disciplines, Thomas Healy for his BIG six and tight bowling and Sean Handforth who caught two behind the stumps as change over wicket keeper to safe hands Angus Monk. Mark Handforth

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Aston Rowant 1st XI vs Tring Park CC 1st XI, Saturday 9th June

The Aston Rowant CC 1st XI welcomed Tring Park to Butts Way on Saturday. Unfortunately, the talismanic Wesley Morrick had to withdraw from the game early on the Saturday morning due to fathering duties, involving feeding his lovely spouse copious amounts of red raspberry leaf tea in a bid to induce labour. Fuelled up by a diet of cigarettes and cheese and onion crisps, the similarly talented Ben Knowler came into the side to replace Morrick, and upon finally winning a toss Captain Smith chose to field.

The bowlers started well with the new ball, as both Bethell and Harris combined with the skipper to dismiss the two Tring openers caught behind. Upon arriving to the crease, Tring’s skipper Macdonnel survived a huge appeal for being caught down the legside and a partnership developed as the Tring batsman slowly accumulated the runs. Despite batsman three and four putting on a 100 run partnership, the Rowant side stuck to the task at hand well, particularly Bethell who waltzed in for an economical 12 over spell. On a flat pitch offering little to the bowlers the scoring rate never moved beyond three runs an over. This was relatively surprising, as Dan Moriarty (aka. Mr. Slopssicle due to the sloppy nature of his rig) forgot he wasn’t playing school cricket anymore and was kindly serving up at least three full tosses an over to the Tring batsman. The two sides entered the lunch break with honours even, as Tring found themselves on 116-2 off 33 overs.

After some cracking Quiche Lorraine and a cold meat platter that wouldn’t look out of place when fine dining in Florence, the two sides headed back out to the middle. With a full stomach Moriarty settled into a far better spell and bowled in tandem with Whatman, as they both kept the Tring run rate hovering at around three runs per over. The overseas eventually ended with 4 wickets for 99 runs off his 24 overs, a solid spell from the young overseas that was ably restricted Trings scoring. The man of the moment was arguably Dom Whatman.  The silver fox bowled a brilliant 16 over spell (16-2-49-2) from the far end and picked up 2 vital wickets. One of which was the dangerous Tring Captain when on 92, as Whatman produced a rip snorter of a delivery to bowl the dangerous batter through the gate- a dismissal almost as iconic as his linen Armani flared jeans and flip flop combination. Grey haired, angry, and with the potential to seam the ball about on a glass table, it’s just a huge shame he was only given a chance with the ball in 2015 after the club wrongly assumed he was a batsman! Whatman was actually asked to leave the Devon Premier League due to batsman losing sleep and suffering PTSD after facing him- he has certainly found his home at ARCC.  Tring eventually finished on 235-9 off 64 overs, a good effort by the Rowant boys on a flat wicket with a short boundary.

Bethell and Condon were sent up top to set about making inroads into the arguably below par Tring score. Unfortunately, their stay was short lived, as both were dismissed leaving Aston Rowant 13-2 off 5 overs. Despite being blighted by hay fever and with eyes so red that it did actually look as if he was flying high as a kite with ARCC, George Reid set about repairing the damage with Captain Smith. Both got starts however wickets fell at regular intervals, with Rowant finding themselves 73-4 at Tea off 23 overs- Tolson and Watling were at the crease with the game very much in the balance. Following the break, the two batters both decided that batting in their crease is too boring a pastime, consequently both ended up getting stumped to the Tring off spinner. Rowant were still very much in the game at 110-6, needing only 125 runs off the last 20 overs. Both Moriarty (46 not out) and Pendered (24 not out) showed good application, however it wasn’t to be as the game meandered to a rather tame draw, eventually being rained off after 50.5 overs with Rowant still needing 73 runs to win.

Tring Park took 12 points from the game, while Rowant took 9. The side look forward to a big game away at Banbury this weekend who currently lie 2nd in the HCPL table.  In what could be a first in Aston Rowant CC history we name the same side that took on Tring last week meaning Whatman is once again denied a place in the 2nd XI.  We thank any supporters in advance travelling to Banbury to get behind the lads in what should be a tough challenge.

Reid, Bethell, Condon, Smith (C), Watling, Tolson, Morrick, Pendered, Harris, Whatman, Moriarty.

By | 2018-06-19T21:34:44+00:00 June 19th, 2018|Latest News|Comments Off on Aston Rowant 1st XI vs Tring Park CC 1st XI, Saturday 9th June
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