Aston Rowant U15s News – 2018

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
Updated 29.6.18

Win for Under 15’s in Close Game at Haddenham

A sunny evening at Haddenham saw Aston Rowant U15’s batting first in this Aylesbury League game.

Captain Sam Chown and Carrick Dunbar opened on an unpredictable pitch, taking the score to 37 before Sam was unlucky with a ball that pitched erratically. Rory Francis came in and was a steady partner for Carrick, who went on to retire having reached 51. Not out batter Jacob Fendom showed promise as ARCC got to the end of their 20 overs and finished on 111 for 4.

The Haddenham openers provided a good base for their reply, keeping close to the required run rate, before a run out saw the end of the partnership on 46. Joe Davies took two wickets, but Haddenham kept up their attack on Aston Rowant’s total.

In his two overs, Lewis North began to stem the flow of runs. Following on from her hat trick last week, Lottie Shaw then came on and continued to put the brakes on Haddenham’s run chase. This seemed to cause panic amongst the Haddenham batters, one being run out before Lottie took two wickets in an over. There were two more run outs before Haddenham completed their overs on 102 for 8, nine runs short of Aston Rowant’s total.

A good team performance by everyone, well captained by Sam who used his bowlers intelligently. Thanks must go to Max Fendom who ably stepped in to play when we found ourselves a player short.

Andy Francis
Manager, Aston Rowant U15’s

Aston Rowant U15s News – 2017


Controlled batting display sees under 15’S to victory at Horspath

The under 15’s notched up a solid win on a beautiful evening at Horspath, thanks in part to a fine measured batting performance.

Aston Rowant won the toss and put Horspath into bat. Opening bowlers Sam Chown and Rafe Mason did a good job containing Horspath, with Sam removing one of the openers in the first over.

Horspath then accelerated the scoring, helped by a fast outfield. The remaining opener, A. Turner retired after reaching his 50 and Horspath went on to make 133 for the loss of 4 wickets in their 20 overs.

In reply to what seemed a reasonable score, Aston Rowant openers Oli Shaw and Sam Chown always kept the pressure on the home team. Oli retired on 50 whilst Sam went on to make 34. Carrick Dunbar (15 not out) and Rafe Mason (17 not out) continued moving the score along before victory was secured in the eighteenth over.

The next game sees the return fixture against Horspath, to be played at Aston Rowant on Monday, 26 June.

Andy Francis


Team for the Tiddington game complete with Barney the dog!


After several weeks without a game due to cancellations, rain and holidays, the U15’s played their second match of the season at Tiddington.

Tiddington were unable to field a full team, but some sporting decisions from Aston Rowant allowed both sides to play out their full 20 overs.

With Aston Rowant batting first, openers Oli Shaw and James Coles set about their task in customary style with some hefty blows. Both retired early, with Oli on 35 and James on 38. Sam Chown kept the score moving with 21, Aston Rowant eventually finishing on 135 for 4.

There was some creditable bowling from Tiddington, particularly from Kitchin who took 3 for 19 off 4 overs.

In reply, Tiddington fell short on 81 for 7, with McKay scoring 21 not out.

Apart from James Coles who was keeping wicket, all the Aston Rowant players bowled two overs each. Harvey Diab managed the best figures with 3 wickets for 5 runs, narrowly missing out on a hat trick.

Mention must also be made of Jonty Atkins from the under 11’s, who not only fielded well but also took a wicket in his 2 overs, ending with figures of 1 for 7.

Next up is a re-arranged match at Horspath, who currently head the league table.

Andy Francis



A cold and gloomy evening at Aston Rowant saw the U15’s first match of the season against Tiddington. Due to the poor light, the match was reduced to 15 overs a side.

Aston Rowant won the toss and bravely put Tiddington into bat. Tiddington’s opening batter, Elliot, managed to push the score along aided by the extras total. James Coles took the first two wickets before Sam Chown removed Elliot on 46. Sam then completed his hatrick to leave the visitors on 89 after their allotted 15 overs.

Oli Shaw and James Coles opened the batting for Aston Rowant and quickly set about their task. Both remained at the crease until the end of the innings, with James scoring 27 not out and Oli hitting the winning runs and reaching his 50 in the 9th over.

Well done to all the team for getting a win in difficult conditions.

Andy Francis

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