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Horspath v ARCC 6th June

NVKO Oxon Final Match Report

The Voneus National Village Cup is the grassroots competition that, for 50 years, has embodied every village cricketer’s dream to play at Lords. The dream is still alive at Aston Rowant after a crushing victory in The Oxfordshire Semi Finals at home to Minster Lovell last Sunday.

Quote of the day: “Winning doesn’t really matter as long as you win”.
The 2021 dream of a trip to Lords ended in The Oxfordshire Final to a team that you just must hold your hands up to and say they were better than us on the day. Entering the game as underdogs and with the pressure all on Horspath our lads done the club proud and put in a committed performance albeit coming up short on the day. Choosing to bat first we restricted Horspath to 80 for 5 in the 26th over. Excellent opening spells from Alex Chapman, 6 overs for 20 runs and Anton Eisner 6 overs 1 for 18, followed by the stand-out bowler of the game, Ben Porter who returned our figures, 8 overs 2 for 16, being the main reason we held a tight grip on our opponents. What can be said as the match winning partnership of the game was when the hosts Tom Coleman and Patrick Foster joined forces at the fall of the 5th wicket. Coleman and Foster both struck half centuries in a partnership we were unable to break finishing the Horspath innings with 197 on the board.

It was then time to get the pads on and go about chasing down the score. Horspath produced a great spell with both openers on the money that ripped out our 4 with only 27 on the board. A tough but gettable total still was achievable especially on a small ground and when Thad Cooper and Will Dobson came together the achievable looked very achievable as they patiently set about rebuilding our innings, putting a partnership together. The home umpire then ripped the heart out of our middle order making 3 quick fire LBW decisions one of which would probably have been a wide that young Tristan Rossouw was the victim of. A great cameo at the end as Ben Knowler had some fun hitting the 3 biggest bombs of the day all out of the ground finishing on 29, being the last wicket to fall, with us short of the target.

Not the result we wanted, we’re sorry for that but truly grateful to all the travelling supporters that came over to Horspath to watch. We know how much this tournament means to the club and most of its members. We hope we’ve done the club proud and we will be back next year to fight once more. #NVKO2022

MOTM – Horspaths Umpire.
Whisky of the day – Glenfiddich.

Notable Performances:

Ben Porter: 8 overs 2 for 16.
Alex Chapman: 8 overs 0 for 32.

Will Dobson: 30.
Ben Knowler: 29.

Tim Morgan, Thad Cooper, Sasha Barras, Will Hammersley, Oli Shaw, Tristan Rossouw, Ben Porter, Anton Eisner, Will Dobson, Ben Knowler, Alex Chapman.

Umpire: Colin Muttitt.
Scorer: Dave Ridgley.

A massive thank you to Mr & Mrs Muttitt who have very kindly given up their Sundays to umpire and score for us during our spell in this year’s NVKO and what a grand job you’ve both done yet again.

By |2021-06-12T10:25:56+00:00June 12th, 2021|NVKO|Comments Off on Horspath v ARCC 6th June

200 Club – May Grand Draw

200 Club – May Grand Draw

On Saturday, Steven Sowerby picked the lucky winners, who are:

£250 – Sasha Barras (ball 149)

£50 – Chris Leaney (ball 77)

£25 – Judith Keeling (ball 24)

Congratulations to you.  The next draw will be at the end of June.

Thank you all for your continued support towards this great cricket club.
Kind regards
Sally Muttitt

By |2021-06-04T12:43:58+00:00June 4th, 2021|Latest News|Comments Off on 200 Club – May Grand Draw

Pizzas at ARCC – Saturday nights from 6pm

After 12 months of preparing and delivering DIY Pizza kits for the residents of KBAR, this Saturday Benno will be firing up the pizza oven and cooking handmade pizzas!

Join us at the cricket club where he’ll be serving from 6pm, the perfect cheese and bread-based accompaniment to beer!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Benno-Eats
Instagram: https://www.Instagram.com/BennoEats

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By |2021-06-01T16:32:11+00:00June 1st, 2021|Latest News|Comments Off on Pizzas at ARCC – Saturday nights from 6pm

NVKO Oxfordshire Final

Oxfordshire Final
SUNDAY June 6th
Horspath CC v ARCC

Oxford Road, Horspath, OX33 1RT

By |2021-06-01T16:24:46+00:00June 1st, 2021|Latest News|Comments Off on NVKO Oxfordshire Final

ARCC v Minster Lovell – 23rd May

NVKO Match Report

The Voneus National Village Cup is the grassroots competition that, for 50 years, has embodied every village cricketer’s dream to play at Lords. The dream is still alive at Aston Rowant after a crushing victory in The Oxfordshire Semi Finals at home to Minster Lovell last Sunday.

Quote of the day: “I don’t feel very well”.

Our NVKO Oxfordshire semi-final opponents, Minster Lovell had a reasonably poor day from start to finish. Their preparation had been well below average, turning up late and well under cooked in what was such an important game. As for us our preparation had not been the best either. A total washout of games yet again the day before resulted in several the squad deciding to go on a jolly boys outing to the west Berkshire brewery, which I’m sure you’ll now understand the quote of the day above. So, we rocked up, some fresh and some shabby but already to play. With the possibility of rain on the cards the match was reduced to 30 overs a side. We lost the toss and were inserted as you’d expect with the conditions and circumstances.

Batting first Captain Tim Morgan (28) supported by Oli Shaw and ARCC NVKO debutant James Fitzjohn set a platform once again allowing batsman to free their arms in the latter stages of our innings. At 59/3 15 year old Tristan Rossouw (pictured) walked to the crease, soon to be supported by Thad Cooper. The pair took us from 75/5 at the start of the 21st over to 144/5 at the close of our innings in style. Rossouw (45 n/o) striking at a run a ball finished the innings off with a four and a six and Cooper (31 n/o) striking at more than one a ball. In tough conditions albeit a low score we knew we had a good opportunity to go on and win.

So, after a 10 minute turnaround which I must add was not long enough to get fully prepared we were straight back out into the field, with a blunt but fair message of go hard or go home being sent from the side-lines. We knew we needed to be on the ball straight away and whilst they got off to a little of a flier, we pegged them back very well with the class of Dom Whatman being shown as he took five wickets in his allotted six overs spell. Carrick Dunbar another NVKO debutant and Anton Eisner both seventeen replaced Whatman and Casper Mason and finished with exceptional identical figures taking 2/16 each in their six overs apiece. A fragile looking Ben Porter came on and took the final wicket that takes us into The Oxfordshire Final. An excellent well disciplined display from our bowlers who hit the stumps seven times was backed up with some excellent fielding from a very young ARCC NVKO XI. We now travel with great confidence to the winners of Langford or Horspath who play this Sunday on June 6th.

MOTM – Dom Whatman.
Whisky of the day – Jack Daniels.

Notable Performances:

Tristan Rossouw: 45 not out
Thad Cooper: 31 not out
Tim Morgan: 28

Dom Whatman: 6 overs 5 for 23
Carrick Dunbar: 6 overs 2 for 16
Anton Eisner: 6 overs 2 for 16
Casper Mason: 6 overs o for 23

VKO May 23rd 2021

Back Row L-R.
Colin Muttitt (Um), Dom Whatman, Thad Cooper, Rishi Pandya, Carrick Dunbar, James Fitzjohn, Paul Humphreys (Main Club Sponsor – Pop Activation), Tim Morgan, Ben Knowler, Sally Muttitt (Sc).

Front Row L-R.
Oli Shaw, Tristan Rossouw, Ben Porter, Casper Mason, Anton Eisner, Dave Ridgley.

A last note from Dave Ridgley and all the players involved in this year’s NVKO squad. All four of our games have been at home so far, with our next being away we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at ARCC for whatever part you have played in taking the time to help us progress to this year Oxfordshire NVKO Final. A special mention to John Little and the ground staff for working tirelessly preparing wickets in very telling conditions.

By |2021-06-01T16:13:21+00:00June 1st, 2021|NVKO|Comments Off on ARCC v Minster Lovell – 23rd May

Boarstall Meats – Meat Package

Boarstall Meats are doing the BBQ at the club again on Friday night (28th May) and have offered to do the Meat Package below to anyone at the club.

Ideally they would like to know by 10am on Friday if people want to order one for them to bring down tomorrow, but they will bring a few packs they said.

Order by going on their Facebook page or calling 01844 238256.

4 steak burgers
4 sticky maple steaks
6 sausages
4 marinated chicken thighs
Rack of BBQ pork ribs
2 beef steaks
All for £30
One of our good value BBQ packs

By |2021-05-27T12:50:28+00:00May 27th, 2021|Latest News|Comments Off on Boarstall Meats – Meat Package

ARCC v Tiddington 9th May 2021

NVKO Match Report

The Voneus National Village Cup is the grassroots competition that, for 50 years, has embodied every village cricketer’s dream to play at Lords. The dream is still alive at Aston Rowant after a crushing victory in The Oxfordshire Quarter Finals at home to Tiddington last Sunday.

The Oxfordshire Quarter-Final waited for the band of merry ARCC men. With an almost full washout of games on the day before, everyone was eager for the game vs our local rivals from up the road (Tiddington). The team was a slight change on last the game (Barras, Hammersley, Mason all in, with others busy and working). The kettle was on and the coffees being drunk as Tiddington arrived and we set about a much less muscular destructive warm up than when Adam Muttitt was in charge. Hayden Rossouw resumed his role as coach for the day and set up without a doubt the most complicated but once walked through most affective fielding drill. Tim Morgan, for the first time in what must be a decade, lost the toss and Tiddington in what can only be described as a negative move put us in to bat. The word negative being how you’d describe our visitors on the way they approached their day out at Butts Way. Right from the off, it proved to be a bad choice, Morgan and Sasha Barras setting to building us a fantastic platform when the first wicket fell in the 14th over leaving us 82/1. A slow period and a couple of wickets and we slipped to 97/3 in the 20th over, but that left Will Hammersley (pictured) and Thad Cooper at the crease and this mixture of youth and well even more youth took the game away from Tiddington. Hammersley playing his usual 360 degree shots and Thad playing his usual cover drives through mid-wicket and sweeps over long off propelled us to 191/4 in the 34th over. Some clean hitting from Karl Penhale, some rather not so clean hitting from Ben Porter and some missing the ball completely from Muttitt left us on 229 from our 40 overs.

A half decent first half and a total set. After some stirring half time words from Uncle Dave, we knew what we had to do. “Restrict, restrict, restrict” was the aim of the second innings. We started that off fantastically, with the ever-reliable Penhale and Dom Whatman picking up a wicket apiece and leaving Tiddington 20/2 off 8. Muttitt and Casper Mason settled in very nicely as first and second change and we once again had the curious case of batters being negative and batting for their average as Tiddington crept up to 102/2 in the 30th over showing zero intent to win the game and needing 130 odd in 10 overs never seemed likely, but Tiddington thought they might be able to take on our 5th bowling option, Porter. How wrong they were. Porter bowled beautifully keeping the pressure on and courtesy of some ‘tidy’ fielding at deep square by Adam “Jonty Rhodes” Muttitt, only went for one boundary in his 8 overs. Mason returned for his second at the other end and cleaned up two of their middle order and he and Porter finished with two wickets each as Tiddington folded to 164/7 off their 40 overs.

A brilliant display in the field and great to get the win for all those who turned up to support. Next game is Minster Lovell, thankfully at home on Sunday May 23rd. It would be great to get a nice bit of support for the Oxfordshire Semi-final, knowing Covid-19 restrictions have lifted…

Whisky of the game – Jameson Irish Whisky. (Burnt like a flaming sambuca. Lots of moaning)

Notable Performances:

Will Hammersley – 71
Tim Morgan – 46
Thad Cooper – 35
Sasha Barras – 32

Ben Porter – 8 overs 2 for 41
Casper Mason – 8 overs 2 for 41
Karl Penhale – 8 overs 1 for 22
Dom Whatman – 8 overs 1 for 25
Adam Muttitt – 8 overs 0 for 30

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Back Row L-R.
Jamie Revill, Thad Cooper, Tim Morgan (C), Dom Whatman, Adam Muttitt, Karl Penhale, Dave Ridgley.
Front Row L-R.
Will Hammersley, Ben Porter, Casper Mason, Oli Shaw, Sasha Barras.

By |2021-05-20T17:21:21+00:00May 20th, 2021|NVKO|Comments Off on ARCC v Tiddington 9th May 2021

Village Knockout

For news and match reports for the Village Knockout games click here…

Oxon Semi-Final


By |2021-05-20T17:23:33+00:00April 29th, 2021|Latest News|Comments Off on Village Knockout

200 Club April Draw

200 Club April draw

Following a good win on Sunday in the Village Knockout vs Kingston Bagpuize, Team Manager (and sub) Uncle Dave ‘Raj’ Ridgley picked the winning balls for the April draw.
Congratulations to:
£50 – Gerry Jewell (ball 59)
£25 – Dan Matthews (ball 157)

Renewal emails with a secure link to pay have been sent to all existing members a couple of weeks ago.   Please can I ask that you pay as soon as possible so I know which balls are available to sell.

If you have not received this email, would like to join for the forthcoming year (May 21-April 22), or don’t want to continue,  please can you let me know by emailing 200club@astonrowantcc.com

The cost per ball is £20 for 12 months with monthly prizes of £50 & £25 and the first draw will be on 29th May at the clubhouse, with a fabulous additional £250 prize.  In December there is also an additional prize of £100.

Thank you all for your continued support towards this great cricket club.
Kind regards
Sally Muttitt

By |2021-04-28T07:14:14+00:00April 28th, 2021|Latest News|Comments Off on 200 Club April Draw

ARCC v Kingston Bagpuize – Sunday April 25th

Quote of the day – “Fail to Prepare; Prepare to Fail.” The First round (yes, the actual first round). At home once again, we this time welcomed Kingston Bagpuize to our hallowed turf. We welcomed this week three new members to our esteemed band of merry man; Gordon Harris, Rishi Pandya, Jamie Revill. It was a sunny but windy day down at Butts Way and the warmup was very much required. As first ball drew near, the Bagpipes turned up and we knew that they had failed to prepare, it was just our job to make sure they were going to fail to win. Tim Morgan again won the toss and decided to bat. We started off fantastically, not losing a wicket as we raced to 71 in the 14th over. Pandya was then bowled for 33 to bring in the young gun Oli Shaw. Batting in a way that can only be described as ‘un-Shaw like’ he scored a chanceless 52 and kept us ticking along brilliantly until he was dismissed in a ‘Shaw like way’ knocking one straight to the grateful hands of cover. It left us 144/5 in the 28th over. But there was no need to fear, J-Rev was here. On debut this season he smashed his way to a stunning 50 including bringing it up with one of the biggest bombs seen this decade clearing the trees over the scoreboard with ease. If Kevin Pietersen gets his way that could be worth 12 in years to come. He and Porter (26) put on 80 in 7 overs before they both got knackered from running about four 3’s to the long boundary in succession and both giving their wickets away cheaply. Again though, the fresh legs and swinging arms of Penhale and Eisner propelled us even further at the back end of the innings to our score of 281 off 40 overs. “A half decent first half”.

After a refuel, we took the field knowing that the game still wasn’t won yet. An early wicket from Penhale probably made us slightly complacent and the 2nd wicket stand from the Bagpipes put on 90. Squeaky bum time. However, the ever-reliable Whatman took the wicket and yes, I know hard to believe Porter took the catch at short extra cover to dismiss their dangerous number 3. The middle order of the Bagpipes couldn’t really fire after this and some economical bowling from Porter and Eisner kept the pressure on. The bagpipes left 134/6 after 25 overs. Again, complacency and the effect of the Arctic wind probably left us a little short of energy to try to finish them off and the number 8 chanced his arm for a respectable 30. It was at this point, when Pandya injured his knee that the super sub was introduced. Many of the youth won’t remember the effect Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had as a super sub for Man Utd, but Uncle Dave had much the same effect. Standing in at short mid-wicket, the poor batsman stood no chance in the war of words and the Bagpipes crumbled to a measly 212/8 off their 40 overs. Many are still wondering why the opener carried his bat for 90*, and I’m sure it will remain one of life’s great mysteries. Another great performance from the men and we will get better. Onwards and Upwards.

Whisky of the game – Chivas Regal. (Particular team favourite)

Tim Morgan, Rishi Pandya, Ollie Shaw, Tristan Rossouw, Thad Cooper, Ben Porter, Jamie Revill, Karl Penhale, Anton Eisner, Dom Whatman, Gordon Harris.

Notable Performances:
Ollie Shaw – 52
Jamie Revill – 52
Rishi Pandya – 33
Ben Porte – 26
Karl Penhale – 24 not out
Anton Eisner – 24 not out & 7 overs 3 for 26

Our next opponents are Tiddington at home on May 9th, starting at 1pm.

Thanks to Stuart Little for the photos

By |2021-06-01T16:09:47+00:00April 21st, 2021|NVKO|Comments Off on ARCC v Kingston Bagpuize – Sunday April 25th
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