200 Club winners for July are:
£50 – Bob Downing (ball 104)
£25 – Jane Reeve (ball 47)
The July draw was done by two of our faithful supporters.
The next draw will take place on 24th August after the 1st XI at home vs Buckingham
It was deja vu for the Under 9’s as , almost exactly a year after winning the trophy at Chearsley, the team retained their Aylesbury and District league title on another sun kissed evening in-front of a large crowd with plenty of local support for the home team.
Seb won the toss and instantly put Chearsley into bat confident that we’d chase down any score. George and Otto opened the bowling and immediately put the home team under pressure keeping the score down to 212 after the first four overs. Kaian and Bertie then ripped through the Chearsley batting line-up with 5 wickets falling. 2 for Kaian and 2 for Bertie – including a cracking caught and bowled. Kaian caused all sorts of trouble opting to bowl medium pace over the wicket, medium pace round the wicket and spin all in the space of 3 balls. Both the Umpires and batsmen had no idea what was coming next. Austin then picked up a couple more wickets, pairing with Rocky to keep the score in the low 200’s. Rocky benefitted from some last minute training from Dad, Adam, having performed dismally in the nets before hand. Not sure what Adam told Rocky – but it was coaching gold dust. Seb and Alfie then took one wicket each in the last four overs to keep the score down to 220, completing our best bowling performance of the season.
220 seemed a modest target but, much like with England the day before, the pressure of the occasion was weighing on our team. George and Otto were subject to some terrific accurate bowling in the first four overs , with the scoreboard struggling to get beyond 200, before Kaian and Bertie got the score board ticking over. Rocky and Austin kept us moving and then Alfie and Seb calmed the nerves across the last four overs without losing a wicket, batting beautifully. Final scores, 269 to Aston Rowant, 220 to Chearsley. The scoreboard shows a comfortable victory but the game was much tighter than the score reflected with both teams bowlers keeping the batters at bay.
All credit should go to this group of Under 9’s and all those who played throughout the season. They completed their second year on the trot unbeaten, with a last defeat way back in May 2017. They really are a talented group.
Finally many many thanks to Nicola for scoring through the season and coping with the Aston Umpire’s lack of basic cricketing knowledge and inability to count to 6. ! and Charlie for providing some great match teas!
Having narrowly won their previous match with just two balls to spare, Aston Rowant under 17’s travelled to Didcot on a sunny and warm Monday evening.
Aston Rowant won the toss and put themselves into bat with opening pair Will Hammersley and Ben Porter. From the start, the runs began to accumulate, particularly from Will. Not content with hitting sixes, he managed on a couple of occasions to get the ball over the very high safety netting supposedly protecting traffic on the adjoining road!
Ben was dismissed with the score on 46 and Eliot Hyman joined Will in a 57 run partnership. Skipper Caspar Mason was next at the crease which resulted in an 83 run partnership before Will was caught with the score on 186. He finished with 134 runs off 58 balls, including 14 fours and 8 sixes. Caspar kept the score moving, finishing with 37 runs, Aston Rowant ending up with 221 for 5 off their 20 overs.
We were lulled into thinking that the game was all but over (surely even Ben Stokes couldn’t cope with 11 runs an over?), but Didcot started their innings in a similar manner to Aston Rowant. Lucas Pugh scored freely in an opening partnership of 85 and despite being dropped a couple of times, eventually went on to score a very creditable 67. At times Didcot flirted with the required run rate, but Aston Rowant’s total began to look more distant as the match wore on and conditions got gloomier.
Aston Rowant eventually won with 46 runs to spare, Didcot finishing on 175 for 5 off 20 overs. All credit to Didcot for their innings and approach to the game. In total nearly 400 runs were scored off the 40 overs, not bad for a Monday evening!
Many thanks to Neil Hester for umpiring.
Manager, Aston Rowant U17’s
Just a quick reminder that the Aston Rowant School PTA are running their BBQ at the club every Friday from 6pm until close. They will be there every Friday until the end of July.
Why not pop along and support them and the cricket club!
1st XI Match Report V Banbury 1.6.19
The 1st XI arrived to Butts Way bathed in sunshine on Saturday knowing that a first league win of the season was required; however, Banbury were going to provide a stern test. As the warm ups took place, despite the blisteringly hot temperatures and the high-paced game of football, it was the sight of Josh Smith winning the toss and electing to bat first that nearly gave half the Rowant team a heart attack.
Condon and Tolson strode out to the middle with purpose, poise and a picturesque backdrop and went about their usual business. ARCC got off to a strong start with Tolson exhibiting an array of majestic cover drives before eventually receiving a doom seed that rearranged the furniture. Banbury then tightened up and did a decent job of restricting the run-rate throughout the middle overs. Roussow, Smith and Watling all came and went for scores of twenty or so, some more fluent than others. Shockingly, the RSPCA had to be called during ARCC’s innings due to the shambolic zoo-keeping by Banbury’s gloveman, it was an absolute miracle he held on to a catch off Smith. Meanwhile Condon brought up an impressive fifty and, in a week during which he had been prolific (on and off the field), a hundred was on the cards. Alas, a small brain explosion on 78 led to him being dismissed; leaving Coles and Bethell to take down the last 10 overs.
Thankfully Leo, despite having a body fluid content of 72% alcohol, swash-buckled effectively and produced more attempted reverse sweeps than Josh Smith in the whole of 2018 to bring up an impressive fifty. Alongside the destructive yet elegant Coles, the two of them put on an impressive sixth wicket partnership and took ARCC to a very respectable score of 277. Would it be enough on a flat one at Rowant?
Enter Wes Morrick. Yet to deliver the requisite number of poles with the pink ball – leading to many a meltdown on the fantasy league forums – the DoC ripped through Banbury’s top order. Arguably it was not a contest… This impressive spell was added to by some sharp fielding by Chris Watling-Smith, and some perspiration and gate-probing from an angry Whatman, and Banbury found themselves 50-5 who unlocked another gate, this time Banbury’s overseas player. From there, Banbury had no way back into the game. Coles and Matthews bowled very tidily, and Matthews picked up 3 wickets either side of drinks to seal the fate of the game. Eventually, Banbury were dismissed for 174 in the 49th over, first win in the bag for the boys.
Such an impressive and clinical display had left the Fossils purring, the crowd delighted, and Banbury leaving with their tails between their legs. Song sung, team photo taken, beers flowing, the only thing that could add to the evening was some reassuringly expensive burgers served by the barbeque pro Whatman. The 1st XI are away at Slough this weekend and will take plenty of confidence from this game, as well as the comfort in knowing that they will spend their next Saturday perfectly equidistant from both London and Reading.
ARCC 1st XI vs Slough CC, Condon, Watling, Rossouw, Smith, Coles, Bethell, Morrick, Matthews, Barras, Whatman, Boulby
An opening stand of 108 between Rory Francis and Liam Hester helped secure a 68 run victory against Warborough. Aston reached 144 for 6 off their 20 overs with Carrick Dunbar also ending 31 not out.
Aston’s tight early bowling from Ben Ball (2 overs for 4 runs) and Carrick Dunbar (2 overs, 7 runs, 2 wickets) being backed up with excellent fielding soon put Warborough under pressure. Joseph Davies well judged high boundary catch off of Jacob Fendoms bowling removed dangerman James Firth for 36 runs. Aston took regular wickets there on in and eventually bowled the opposition out for 76. Lewis North pick of the bowlers (2 overs, 6 runs, 4 wickets). Wickets each for Jules Hamlin, Benedict Hamilton and Rory Francis secured the victory.
Next Oxford Downs away Monday
Neil Hester U15 Manger
The Under 9’s winning start to the season has continued. After a second 100+ run victory at Bledlow (debuts for Kaian Eaton and Tabitha Keane, top scorer with the bat Bertie Lee) came the altogether sterner test of MPC Academy.
MPC batted first. Niamh opened the bowling for AR with Ryan. Niamh’s first two overs conceded just the one wide – which gave us a great start to the game. Two wickets each for Ryan and Rocky (in two balls) restricted MPC to 262. A notable mention should go to Molly who played her first ever game of cricket – giving away just 9 runs in her two overs, without even having to resort to her , now infamous, cartwheel delivery. We hope to see that later in the season.
Molly and Niamh opened the batting and gave us a foundation for victory. George and Otto accelerated the run rate before Ryan and Rocky added a further 37 . Alfie and Austin steered us home, in the face of some ferocious MPC bowling, for a 28 run victory. Top Scorer – Ryan 15.
Next up the Haddenham festival, then Thame!
Wesley Morrick, director of Cricket at Aston Rowant runs cricket courses for juniors on most half terms from Easter to the end of August and all school holidays in between.
To book one of these sessions please contact Wes on 07984 343743
After the great win by the 2nd XI on Saturday 25th, Captain Tim, picked the winning ball, Thad 2nd prize and our overseas Steven 3rd prize.
The winners are:
£250 – Rob Holt (ball 7)
£50 – Claire Revill (ball 3)
£25 – Mac Diab (ball 51)
Congratulations to you all and the next draw will be on Saturday 29th June after the 1st XI v High Wycombe.
The Under 9’s opened the defence of their Aylesbury & District mid-week league title with a sold 142 run victory against Princes Risborough on a sun kissed evening at AR. The dynamic across our team bodes well for the season with a great spirit. Notable performances from George and Rocky with 3 wickets each. George with a further outstanding catch and Niamh contributing with a magnificent c & b. Alfie topped the batting with a graceful 29 , followed by George with a rapid 26
Next up, Bledlow !
James Lee – U9’s Manager