Hi all members, supporters, & followers of ARCC
We may soon be out of lockdown, but we won’t be heading to pubs or restaurants any time soon….so we’ve got an exciting bank holiday event to tell you about!!
Aston Rowant Cricket Club are hosting a Virtual Festival on Sunday 24th May in support of the Ruth Strauss Foundation. The main festival kicks off at 18:00 and includes; acoustic music, a live Q&A with Andrew Strauss, a piano bar with song requests and finishing with a DJ set by Jack Savidge from Friendly Fires.
On top of this there’ll be wine, beer and gin tasting masterclasses running throughout the afternoon…which sound like a lot of fun too!
Places are being snapped up quite quickly so please book soon
It’s a win-win. You’ll be supporting a great cause and having a fantastic time in the process!
James/ Leo/ Josh (ARCC)
Dear club members.
I thought the club should contact you to keep you up to speed with decisions the committee have been making with regards to the on going corona virus outbreak.
As we all know developments are changing rapidly.
Decisions we made on Monday night during our online committee meeting were 15 minutes later made null and void after the Prime Ministers speech.
As for now the club is closed until further notice.
We are obviously lead by the government but also by the ECB and both cricket leagues.
The club, as is most of society, going to struggle with these ever changing government decisions.
We obviously still have running costs at the club and plans we need to put in place as soon as possible before the season hopefully gets underway sometime during the summer.
We will be contacting our sponsors as well as all of our members asking for continued support , but totally understand if people are not able to commit financially during these unprecedented times.
We are keeping a very tight eye on finances but also trying to make sure our projects are completed which will enable us to leap into action when the season eventually starts.
We will try and keep you up to date with any other further news and will try and do a few online fund raising events to try and keep spirits up and to remind everyone we still are working hard to keep our great club afloat.
If you feel you can help the club in any way over the next few months PLEASE contact myself or any member of the committee.
We will continue to update as and when is appropriate as we progress over the forthcoming months.
Everyone please look after yourselves and stay safe.
Enabling Scheme to provide a new Cricket Pavilion for Aston Rowant Cricket Club.
Following an initial approach by Aston Rowant Cricket Club regarding an idea for a new pavilion, David Jacobs of St John Homes and Spencer Chapman of Aston House Stud, came back with a proposal to deliver a new cricket pavilion which would include an enabling housing scheme for 6 houses.
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We hope that you will support this idea/deliverable proposal and if minded, respond to the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group via the Parish Council in a positive way by the Deadline of the 27th March 2020. Contact details: firstname.lastname@example.org
Under 17’s Crowned Oxfordshire Champions in Explosive Finish to Honey Bee Trophy Final
Aston Rowant U17’s progressed to Finals Day of the Honey Bee Trophy, held at Horspath CC, having won all the pool matches they played.
First up was a semi-final against Banbury U17’s, Aston Rowant winning the toss and deciding to bat. Both openers were dismissed in the third over, Eliot Hyman then scored a steady 23 before he was unlucky to be stumped off a wide. With runs still required, Rafe Mason gave the middle order stability with an undefeated 29, Aston Rowant finishing with 141 for 7 in their 20 overs.
In reply, Banbury were up with the required run rate by the 8th over, aided by a few dropped catches. Aston Rowant’s total now looked reachable, but with the fall of Banbury’s third wicket, the runs began to dry up, although Josh Taylor was always a threat until he was dismissed for 34.
Economic bowling from James Coles (4 overs, 1 for 13) and wickets for Carrick Dunbar (4 overs, 3 for 19) restricted Banbury to 100 for 7. Although Aston Rowant won by a good margin, at times the match looked in the balance.
Having easily won their semi-final against Hook Norton, last year’s winners Challow & Childrey were Aston Rowant’s opponents in the Final.
Winning the toss for a second time, Aston Rowant put Challow into bat. Helped by a second wicket partnership of 113 and 28 extras, Challow posted 147 for 6 off 20 overs. Despite what was a defendable total, only Robson, 40 and Dunn, 55 managed to get into double figures.
After the early loss of opener Will Hammersley, James Coles and Eliot Hyman scored quickly to keep Aston Rowant up with the run rate before Eliot was dismissed on 31, a partnership of 53. New batsman Oli Shaw together with James put on an explosive batting display to take firm control of the game. Balls started to go missing, two of them in the gardens of the houses on the other side of the road, having cleared not only the boundary for 6, but the car park as well!
Aston Rowant reached the target of 148 with 4 overs to spare, Oli finishing on 31 not out and James on 75 not out. Congratulations to James for his innings which earned him the player of the match award from the umpires.
Thanks must go to all the players who have appeared for the U17’s this season. The team have proved themselves to be a highly talented and powerful side. Once they get going, they are unstoppable.
Well done to all those who came to support the team at Horspath, especially to Ben Shaw for scoring.
Manager, Aston Rowant U17’s
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
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
U9’s keep up winning streak!
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!