Friday 29th March, 7pm at the Duo Chef in Chinnor. All you can eat curry buffet. Players, supporters, friends, girlfriends, boyfriends, well wishers all welcome. Would be great to see as many there as possible.
Contact Dom Whatman at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend.
It was a mixed season for Aston Rowant Cricket Club on the pitch this year, which saw the 1st XI finish in 3rd having been top for much of the season; the 2nd XI were unfortunately relegated from Division 2, the 3rd XI had a fantastic season gaining promotion to Division 4 & the 4th XI were also unfortunately relegated having to play many games with 10. The 5th XI had to be disbanded due to the lack of players & poor playing commitment.
ARCC 1st XI Season Report – Played 18, Won 11, Drawn 3, Lost 3, Abandoned 1
Having gained promotion last season & being heavily tipped at the start of the season to be relegated the 1st XI had a quite staggering season in finishing 3rd, competing against large city & town club like Oxford, High Wycombe, Banbury & Henley to name a few with equally staggering wage bills. Rumour has it every player at Henley CC picks up a handsome brown envelope with wads of cash in, which is also the case at most other HCPL clubs. Not at ARCC though, with some lads driving some distance just to represent the club they grew up playing cricket at, which shows a huge amount of loyalty to the club & playing with their mates each week for the love of the game. We call it the ARCC Brotherhood, Aston Rowant Band of Brothers no matter what team your selected in.
We managed to do the double on every Oxfordshire club beating them convincingly at home & away starting at Oxford CC in the first game of the season to give us the perfect start to life back in the big time, a league where we’d been before but been relegated the same season. The 2nd game was abandoned against Finchampstead when we look set for victory having bowled them out for 140, which proved costly come the end of the season, ultimately losing the league by 13 pts to Henley. The 3rd game saw us beat Henley at Henley, a result that will be remembered for a long time by ARCC members, we didn’t just beat them, we hammered them. The Henley 1st XI represent much of the Berkshire MC XI & has already been mentioned are well financed. A real David vs Goliath test, so it was especially sweet beating them on their own patch by 5 wickets. We ended the 1st half of the season, Won 6, Drawn 1, Lost 1, NR 1. This represented a great start to the season & one where we could look up & not over our shoulders looking down. We made a concerted effort to enjoy each win with a raucous version of the team song belted out & a team photo after every win. Wins at this level of cricket are hard to come by so we definitely enjoyed each one, enjoying each others company & success.
We went into the 2nd half of the season sitting top of the league pinching ourselves but trying hard to stay level headed & focused on some tough tests to come, namely a tough loss at another huge club in High Wycombe who also have a huge wage bill. Yet another David vs Goliath test, one that we lost by a long way, which was a hammer blow to us as Slough & Henley caught up ground on us. We also produced a poor performance at Tring Park, which was the one that really cost us as it was now out of our hands. We went into the last 3 games of the season needing to win them (which we did) but relying on others to beat Henley & Slough (which they didn’t). As I mentioned we finished the season on a high with resounding wins against Banbury, Thame & Horspath respectively but falling 13 points short. If finishing 3rd had been offered to us at the start of the season I think everyone at the club would have snapped it up but it’ll take a while to get over not winning it this year but competing against these huge cricket clubs is no mean feat for a small ‘village’ club. Let’s not forget the standard of cricket that ARCC compete at, it is the highest standard of cricket one can play at below being contracted at a first class professional club.
The 1st XI would like to place on record our thanks for all that came to support us home & away, to the ground staff for preparing the ground so well & to all our wives & girlfriends who have to endure the 18 weeks of peace & quiet. We also massively appreciated the efforts of Amelia & Charlotte who prepared lunches & teas throughout the season. Competing at this level as has already been mentioned is a huge commitment on all fronts, no more so than off the pitch putting on lunches & teas so we’d love to hear from any of the parishioners if you feel like you could help out in any way. We’re keen to boost our support off the pitch & always keen for more non playing members to get involved as we look to engage more with the local villages. Sorry we couldn’t win it this year but we’ll give it our best shot again next season.
Josh Smith, 1st XI Captain
ARCC 2nd XI Season Report, Played 18, won 7, lost 10, drawn 1.
It proved a tough season for the 2nd XI as the hoped for recruitment at 1st XI didn’t materialise to help strengthen the club across all the sides so the table come the end of the season didn’t lie, we were unfortunate to be relegated though having finished 3rd bottom in 8th place. Despite a late rally which saw the 2nd XI win three games on the spin, we were sunk & doomed to Division 3 for next season. Some might say a fall from grace after the 2nd XI winning Division 1 only a few years ago. The reality is however that the 2nd XI are a side in transition & suffering from losing a few players to other clubs & poor commitment. We used 40 odd players & relied on players too much from the 3rd & 4th XI squads, which often left them depleted.
There were positives however, with Thad Cooper scoring 500 runs, Chris Eaton scoring 400 runs but a real highlight was the younger lads starting step up with good performances, namely Oli Shaw & James Coles with the bat. The latter going on to excel at Oxon county age group cricket & at the Bunbury festival, a shop window if you like for being picked up by first class county scouts. Caspar Mason too had a great season with the ball & has been rewarded with a scholarship at the renowned sports school, Millfield where it is hoped he’ll come back in the latter part of next season an even better player.
The 2nd XI would like to thank Peter Coleman who scored the majority of games for us & to all who supported us home & away. We look forward to rebuilding next season & looking to bounce back to Division 2 with hopefully a more settled side & better commitment.
Tim Morgan, 2nd XI Captain
ARCC 3rd XI Season Report, Played 18, won 10, drawn 4, lost 3, abandoned 1.
Once again the 3rd XI enjoyed a great season against all odds having been promoted the previous season. It was a truly remarkable achievement winning Division 5 that will sit beautifully next to the Division 6 trophy that is already in the trophy cabinet.
It went down to the wire in the last game of the season away at Horspath in a winner takes all game, however we managed to scrape over the line winning by 2 wickets chasing down 200. Leigh Lewis scored 400 runs & Tim Foster taking 28 wickets in the season still proving they’ve got it! Thanks go to Brian Fagan & Peter Booth for umpiring & scoring for us most weeks, your efforts are very much appreciated by everyone at the club. Thanks too to Peter Coleman for submitting all our results & umpire reports. We look forward to having our Saturday’s back, putting the feet up this winter & regrouping for the of challenge on Division 4, if the Cherwell League will agree to our promotion as we need to spend a vast sum of money of bringing the 2nd pitch up to standard.
Finally, we would like to dedicate this league title to a very dear friend of us all, Dave ‘Tangles / Tango’ Simpson. He was also a founder member of the 3rd XI and I can’t remember him missing a game in the 20 years he was at the club. RIP Tango me old mate this one is for you. It was recently announced that the 3rd XI have unfortunately been denied promotion to Division 4 next year as the Cherwell Committee have decided that our current set up isn’t good enough, which is a huge shame.
Lee Anning, 3rd XI Skipper
ARCC 4th XI Season Report, Played 18, won 7, drawn 0, lost 9, abandoned 2.
The 4th XI were unfortunately relegated on the final day of the season to go down by 1 point, finishing on what must be a record high for a relegated team, 262 points, with two crucial points deducted. It must be said that although the team went down considering the selection crisis across the club earlier in the season it was a tremendous effort this year. Fielding 44 different players over the 18 week season & having to play often with 10 men ultimately brought our demise.
Division 8 awaits us next year & we will be looking to bounce back with a bang with improved availability & commitment after this years disappointment. Thank you to all that played this year, which proved tough at times & came down to fine margins. 1 point, 1 catch!
So all in all a mixed season with many ups & downs. The couple of social events through the summer were unfortunately blighted by the two days of rain we had all summer, these being the beer festival & the picnic in the park event. It’d be great to see more of the local community supporting these events next year & enjoying themselves as Aston Rowant CC is so much more than just a cricket club. The club would like to welcome any playing or non playing member for next season as we look to engage with the local community to build a club the whole community can be proud of. We desperately need to have more engagement from the local community as we look to the future of providing high quality facilities for everyone to enjoy, not just from a cricket prospective. Even more so with the Cherry Tree being shut for so long & without much hope of it reopening as a pub! The bar is open every Friday night through the summer to kick start sunny weekends & throughout every Saturday & more Sunday’s. We also have the marquee to hire for all members, which makes a fantastic venue for any summer party!
The club have also learnt about our first international call up recently! Linsey Smith who has played for the Aston Rowant CC since she was 7 was selected for recent England Women’s World Cup T20 squad in the Caribbean playing in two group games & bowling well in two good wins against South Africa & Bangladesh. We’re all absolutely delighted for Linsey, proving that despite being seen by a few in the local community as a ‘village’ cricket club we punch well above our weight from the grass roots up, competing in the HCPL & producing high quality cricketers that go on to reach international honours.
Finally, everyone at the club would like to wish you all a very Merry Xmas & a healthy 2019. We look forward to seeing more of you at the club next year.
Best wishes from Aston Rowant Cricket Club.
It’s was the turn of the ladies to take to the wicket last Sunday at the Women’s Softball Tournament arranged by OCB and kindly held at Tiddington CC. Sadly (like other teams within ARCC) we were not able to field a full squad due to availability issues, but Claire, Kate, Charlie and Mandy were joined by Alison, Una and Andrea to form the ARCC team.
The first match was lost to the eventual tournament winners The TCC Vixens. We lost too many wickets and bowled too many wides & no balls (not helped by some poor umpiring decisions, and the fact we were playing on the outfield with no true wicket).
For our second and third matches we luckily were drawn to play on the other pitch which not only provided us with an artificial wicket but also a much fairer Umpire! We won our second game convincingly with a good number of boundaries and taking a few wickets too. The final match was a much closer afair, but again we came out victorious.
Thanks to OCB and Tiddington CC for organising, and to Nigel R for umpiring (well the others were grateful to you even if we weren’t!). Lots of fun and perhaps something we could host ourselves at ARCC next season.
ARCC Ladies played 3, lost 1, won 2
Horspath 95-6 from 20 overs ARCC 96.5 from 19.2 overs
41 not out by Manan Palmar and 3 wickets from Tom Brine helped the U19’s start the season with a win over Horspath.
After losing the toss Aston Rowant were asked to bowl first on another hot evening. Opening bowlers Tom Brine and David White couldn’t have started any better with David picking up a wicket with his first ball after a low catch behind the stumps by Jamie Revill with the score on 7. Next over Tom trapped their other opener in front of the stumps to pick up his 1st wicket and in Toms 3rd over he picked up 2 more wickets to leave Horspath struggling on 15 for 4 from 5 overs.
Horspath rebuilt their innings and moved the score onto 49 when David Porter went for a caught and bowled only to deflect the ball onto the stumps leaving the non-striker stranded out of his crease. Rafe Mason picked up a wicket in his 3rd over and soon after Horspath closed their innings on 95 for 6 from their 20 overs.
In reply Captain George Reid and Manan Palmar opened the batting and started very well and had moved the score onto 17 in the 2nd over when George was caught for 9. Rory Wilson was next in and with Manan hitting the short balls to the boundary the score was ticking along nicely when Rory was caught for 6 with the score on 42 in the 8th over. Duncan Holt was next in but bowled off his pads without scoring and Tom supported Manan until Tom was bowled leaving the home side on 62 for 4 from 12 overs. Ben Porter joined Manan and the pair batted well and calmed the home supports nerves and pushed the score onto 90 when Ben was caught for 15 with the score on 90 in the 17th Over. David was next in and the pair knocked off the last few runs to leave Aston Rowant winners by 5 wickets with Manan unbeaten on 41.
Many thanks to Clare White for scoring
After last weeks 122 run win over Horspath next up for the U17’s was an away game at Bicester. Captain Oli Shaw won the toss and elected to bat first and both openers Jamie Revill and Will Hammersley looked to build a solid start to the innings again like last week.
Will kept most of the strike during the first 6 overs and being another roasting hot day decided to hit boundaries instead of taking singles and reach his 50 in only the 4th over! Jamie was soon stumped for 6 trying to hit the ball out of the ground with the score on 96 in only the 7th over! Will was joined by Oli and the pair continued to hit boundaries to all parts of the ground when Oli was caught behind for 18 with the score on 120. The next over Will was also caught for a splendid 94 for the second week running!
New batsmen Casper Mason and James Coles then took advantage of some short pitch bowling and accelerated the scoring even more! The 200 came up in only the 14th over so last weeks 223 was easily in reach and with both batsmen playing some lovely shots runs began to flow. James flew past his 50 and after 16 overs we had moved to 251. Unfortunately we had to declare after 18 overs as it was approaching 8pm and Bicester hadn’t batted yet!. James ended on a splendid 101 not out and Casper a solid 59 not out and the team ended on an incredible 288 for 3 from 18 overs!
In reply we needed to bowl Bicester out quickly to avoid any light issues. Sam Chown and Louis Summons opened the bowling and in Louis’s first over the batsmen went for a quick single which was never on especially when the other batsmen shouted NO leaving him stranded half way down the track with the score on 12. Sam struck in his next over after a catch by Oli Shaw leaving Bicester on 17 for 2. Rafe Mason took over from Sam and picked up a wicket in his second over leaving the home side on 35 for 3 frm 7 overs.
Bicester began to rebuild their innings that is until David White was given the ball. He picked up a wicket in his first over leaving Bicester on 60 for 4 from 12 overs. His second over was more special, he picked up 2 more wickets with his 4th and 5th balls leaving him 1 ball to get an hat-trick. With the fielders in close the Bicester batsmen edged it to Ben Porter in the slips to give David a well deserved hat-trick and 4 wickets in 2 overs. Unfortunately for David he never got chance to get a “fifer” as James took the last wicket, Bicester ended on 84 all out.
Result – Aston Rowant won by 204 runs! You don’t often see that in a 20 over match!
We only have 2 group games left and we sit top of the group, our next match is against Shipton knowing a win should see us reach the final on Sunday 9th September at Horspath.
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.
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.
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.
Aston Rowant Girls Manager