Aldworth Vs Kennet Pirates 29.07.2015
We were unlucky not to finish our Wednesday night season on a high against another strong side in Kennet Pirates! Yet another strong bowling performance all round restricted a dominant batting side to only 151 from their 20 overs, with Jack bowling especially well to finish with 3-30, and Paul bowling economically to end with 2-17! Stand in keeper Steve Anidjah kept wicket brilliantly in the absence of any of our usual keepers, only letting two byes past him, neither an easy stop! Will Webb struck with his first ball of the game, a looping ball which totally fooled the batsman and bowled him! Will finished with figures of 2-28, and Ed chipped in with 1-31, to leave us with a slim chance of knocking off a total which at one point looked as though it was going to be much higher!
We started well, with Paul and Jack sharing a 50 stand before Paul fell for 28! Dom fell the next ball, but Jack and Dave Wheeler continued to savage the bowling, with Jack hitting 3 6s and Dave adding another 2! Unfortunately when both were dismissed for 33 and 24 respectively, the game looked to be taken away from us! We still required 49 from the last 5 overs; and with wickets falling regularly, a victory looked unlikely. Despite everyone throwing the bat, the Kennet death bowlers were swinging the ball for miles in the rapidly decreasing light, and young Joe Anidjah managed to see out the last 3 balls to finish unbeaten, and we fell agonisingly short on 132-9! This unfortunately means that we have ended at the bottom of division two, staring relegation in the face, however everyone in the team agrees we deserve better, having come so close on so many occasions!
Aldworth Vs Old Merchant Taylors 21.07.2015
Julian then led us out against his old side OMT, and some fantastic bowling from Ed up front, with 5 maidens in a row, along with two wickets, restricted them to 16-4! We let them back in the game slightly when Ed was removed from the attack, and some good batting allowed them to reach 178-9, with Marc (1-23), Ollie (1-28) and Sam (1-20) all chipping in, before Ed finished on 3-3 from his 6 overs, and James finished with 2-15! We then let ourselves down with the bat, with only Dom (10), Marc (35) and Ollie (24) reaching double figures, leaving us with 114 all out!
Aldworth Vs Harwell International 22.07.2015
Unfortunately a near-perfect performance from Aldworth against Harwell was marred by an on field incident which led to one Harwell batsman feeling he was dismissed unfairly, and another walking off in anger and calling us a team of cheats! When the Harwell opener was given out LBW to Nils, he believed that there was no pad involved, but he left the field without further complaint. However his partner took offense to the decision not to recall him, and thereafter stormed off the field and refused to continue. This incident tarnished an otherwise fantastic display of bowling and fielding, which led to Marc finishing with figures of 4-17 from his 4 overs, with his final over being a double wicket maiden, and James B finishing with 1-0 from his 2 balls! The other wickets were shared between Jack (1-32), Nils (1-9) and Dom (1-16) to leave Harwell 134 all out! Paul was unlucky not to reach his 2nd half century in as many matches, bowled for 49, however the damage had been done, and Marc (10*) and Jack (24*) saw us home with 2.1 overs to spare!
Aldworth Vs Tabard Pilgrims 18.07.2015
Tabard Pilgrims were the next side to travel to Aldworth for a brilliant social game, but their batting proved too strong for us, as their top 3 put on 145 runs between them! Some great bowling later on from Ed Jenkin (3-8) restricted them to 161, but it proved too much for Aldworth! Although Ollie smacked Jonny Garratt around the park on his way to a quick 18, and Jack continued his form with the bat to reach 29, Aldworth fell to 122 all out!
Aldworth Vs Downlanders 15.07.2015
Aldworth next travelled to Wickham to face another strong Downlanders side, which had beaten us so thoroughly in their return visit. It turned out to be a much higher scoring match on a pitch on which the far side boundary was so short a forward defensive would have travelled for a one bounce four! Paul and Dom completely took apart the opening bowlers, with Paul carting the first over for 18 and continuing with 5 6s and 7 4s on his way to 61 from 32 balls! Dom was in an equally unforgiving mood, bashing 4 after 4 on his way to 53 from 47 balls! When Paul was finally bowled, the score was on 86 from 10 overs. The 100 came up halfway through the 11th over, as Jack biffed his way to an unbeaten 42 off 24 balls, although he was very lucky not to have been run out as the keeper removed the bails after dropping the ball, with Jack several feet out of his ground! Dave continued to hit maximums, to finish on 27 from 7 balls, without a single dot ball, before eventually holing out in the deep, with Marc perishing in a similar fashion next ball, unselfishly trying to race onwards! The 150 was brought up within 16.3 overs, and the 200 came up in the final over of the game, with Aldworth finishing on 205-4!
The game looked to be in the bag with the highest score of the Downs League div 2 this season; however Will Herrington, who took apart the Aldworth bowling attack at home, had other ideas! He bludgeoned his way to an unbeaten 99, taking apart every single bowler, and although Marc shelled a near-impossible caught and bowled chance, he didn’t offer a single other chance to the Aldworth bowlers, each ball in the air was travelling over the fence! Downlanders completed the chase with 10 balls to spare, leaving us despairing in what might and should have been!
Aldworth Vs Hampstead Norreys 12.07.2015
We played our umpteenth match against Hampstead Norreys this season, and it started beautifully, with Phil (2-13) and Marc (1-19) dismissing their openers and no. 3 for 33 runs, until heavy rain intervened, and although we tried to resume play, the rain persisted, and the game was eventually called off in time to see Federer lose to Djokovic in the Wimbledon final!
Aldworth Vs Chievely 05.07.2015
We took on Chievely and we quickly lost our first 4 wickets in the first 3 overs without scoring! However another splendid knock from Jack (63) and some top batting from Paul (52) allowed Dom and Marc to come in and make hay in the sunshine, with Dom being bowled for a quick-fire 21! Marc and Nils continued to take the attack to the opposition, with Marc unbeaten at tea for 51, and Nils 12 not out leading to a score of 251! Marc then made short work of their opener and tail, finishing with 2-21, Will Jenkin taking a caught and bowled to end up with 1-8, and Ed Jenkin finishing on 2-3! Dom (1-7), Jack (1-15) and Nils (1-10) also chipped in, dismissing the opposition for 114, to round off an emphatic victory!
Aldworth Vs Wantage 01.07.2015
Aldworth once again took on a strong Wantage side, with a strong looking side of their own. Some brilliant bowling from the home side restricted Wantage to 138-8 from their 20 overs, with Hamish taking two stunning caught and bowled efforts to finish with figures of 2-16 from his 4 overs. Some tight bowling, fielding and keeping ensured only 2 leg byes and 8 wides were bowled, with Ronnie imperious behind the stumps as ever, also taking 2 catches behind the stumps! Marc (2-36) and Nils (2-14) restricted the middle order, although Cameron Mercer, opening the batting for Wantage, continued to score freely as wickets fell at regular intervals around him. Beardmore-Grey finally dismissed him for 60, to finish with figures of 1-12 from his 2 overs. Jack also finished with 1-28 from his 4 overs, to finish a great all-round performance in the field.
Aldworth looked to be comfortable in their chase, keeping up with the rate throughout, however regular wickets fell, with Jack particularly unlucky to be caught for 11. Dave Wheeler continued his imperious form with the bat with an unbeaten 44, which included 7 4s and a 6! However with Dom and Marc falling for 0 and 1, the momentum was lost, and although Nils belted a quick unbeaten 10, Aldworth fell 10 runs short of the required target on 128-7.
The Hoppo Cup Vs Radley Dons 28.06.2015
The annual Hoppo cup came to Aldworth for the first time, as Aldworth took on the Radley Dons in memory of Mike Hopkins! As ever in these events, beer was flowing and the game was played in great spirits! Jack kicked proceedings off by bowling their opener, but then a strong partnership of 82 took place, before Nils bowled another, and then took a second with his very next ball! The Radley opener brought up his half century, and then proceeded to run himself out on 52, by Marc, presumably to allow himself more beer! Ronnie then claimed a catch behind to leave Nils with figures of 3-61 from his 7 overs, and Jack finished with 1-29, leaving Aldworth to chase a fanciful 219! 5 wickets fell before 15 runs had been brought up, however a superb knock from Jack saw him bring up a stunning century, sharing a stand of 110 with Nils, who took a back seat in the proceedings, scoring only 25! Aldworth eventually reached a total of 203 from their 30 overs; however the match was thoroughly enjoyed by all as a fantastic commemoration match!
Aldworth Vs Nick Arkell XI 16.06.2015
Aldworth were thoroughly beaten by Nick Arkell’s XI for only the fourth time in the history of the event. Always an enjoyable match, Aldworth batted first, and failed to make any impact on a green-topped surface. It was left for Julian Sankey to form a rear-guard and end with 14 to allow Aldworth any kind of respectability, reaching just 114 runs. The total was quickly knocked off by the visitors, with some interesting bowling which made for a bit of fun with everyone having a go!
Aldworth Vs Oxford County Council Staff (Friendly Cup semi-final) 14.06.2015
Aldworth won by 59 runs
Aldworth progress to the final of the Friendly Cup for the second year in a row, having confidently defeated OCCSCC, helped by another brilliant all round display. Once again Mike and Barry looked good in an opening partnership of 36, until Barry was caught for 7. However, returning from injury, Jack Wood helped Mike to put on another 91 run partnership for the second wicket, the second time in as many weeks that Mike has been involved in a 90+ run partnership. When Jack was finally caught for a quick-fire 43, Dom Scully, fresh back from university, added another 60 with mike, dominating the scoring, and losing several balls in the process, including one massive six over the road! When Mike was caught for 67, Marc and Dom continued to dominate the bowlers, smashing 5 sixes between the two of them in an extremely rapid 20 partnership. Sadly when Dom departed, Marc began to run out of partners, and finally, whilst trying to replicate Dom’s shot over the road, was caught on the boundary for 34. Only 4 more runs were scored off the bat from then, but that was just enough to allow Aldworth to scrape to 250 all out – the third score of over 200 in a month!!!
OCCSCC made a decent effort at chasing down such a huge total, however some good bowling from Jack (3-30), and a vicious second spell from Ed, who having gone wicketless in his first 5 overs, then took 3 wickets for 8 runs in the next 8 balls to remove the dangerous Shukrut (50), and then to mop up the tail, to finish with figures of 3-27 from 6.2 overs. Dom (1-30) and Phil (1-35) also chipped in to dismiss the visitors for 191, and allowing the celebrations to commence!
Aldworth Vs Harwell
Aldworth lost by 5 wickets
Aldworth were undone by a devastating opening 8 overs by the Harwell bowlers, and were reduced to a humbling 39-7, with Mike, Paul D and Dom failing to score. Paul R made 6 and Marc 6, but the only real resistance came after the opening bowlers were bowled out, and Nils was joined at the crease by Ed. Nils was circumspect in hisb18, whilst Ed was a little more aggressive, smashing a huge six over deep square leg, before being bowled for 12. Steve A (4) and Mike B (6) were the only other two to score any runs, whilst 31 extras allowed Aldworth to read a total of 85.
Aldworth bowled well but the Harwell openers resisted until one was run out. Ed (1-24) then bowled another, and was denied a second wicket as the umpire missed a thin edge. Paul R (2-25) took two vital wickets and the Harwell middle-lower order looked shaky in their chase of only 10 runs needed. However they finally crossed the finish looking much more comfortable than maybe they would have felt, with 6 overs to spare.
Aldworth Vs Peasmore 07.06.2015
Aldworth won by 162 runs
Aldworth once again produced a dominant all round display to continue their top Sunday afternoon form! Opening partners Barry and Mike Fane looked fluent until Barry was caught for 6, but that only brought Sam Warren to the crease and together with Mike put on a brilliant 98 run partnership, until Sam was finally bowled for 36. Marc (5) and Nils (7) struggled to keep up with the increasingly aggressive Mike; however when Phil Jones came to the crease the rate increased once again. When Mike was finally caught in the deep for a magnificent 127, Simon (11 not out) came in and he and Phil (30 not out) looked to allow Aldworth to reach 250 for the second time in 3 weeks. However we fell just short of that and ended on 243-5.
Marc (3-16) made up for the lack of runs by chipping in with 3 wickets and one maiden, and although Ed couldn’t seem to buy a wicket, between the two of them kept the hosts to only 35 runs from the first 12 overs. Dave Garratt (1-19) and Phil (1-8) chipped in with vital wickets, but Sam starred once again with 3 wickets for just 6 runs in his 4 overs, and Nils polished off the tail with 2-2 from his 2 overs, to complete an emphatic victory!
Aldworth Vs Downlanders 03.06.2015
Aldworth lost by 54 runs
Some wayward bowling (37 extras) and a fantastic 90 not out meant that Aldworth had to chase 162 against a strong Downlanders side. Marc (1-35) and Paul (1-20) were the only two only two bowlers to claim wickets, with only Ed and Paul R going for less than 6 an over. With Paul R (9) and Mike (6) falling quickly, it was up to Dom and Marc to produce something special. However when Dom fell for 9, and marc 13, it seemed the game was up. Nils hit 14, but James was out for 5. Ed came in and chanced his arm to top score with a frenetic unbeaten 18 from 12 balls, to bring the total past 100, but we ended on 105-6, well short of the required total.
Aldworth Vs Kennet Pirates, 27.05.2015
Aldworth lost by 10 wickets
Aldworth lost to the Kennet Pirates by 10 wickets in a crushing display from the hosts. Mike was caught behind for 0, and when Marc, Simon and Phil all fell for nothing, the game was looking to be gone already. However Paul played typically well to reach 28, and when he fell, Barry and Ed steadied the ship slightly. When Ed was bowled for 6, Alastair Stone joined Barry, and the two of them put on 54 to bring the total past 100, and at least give the bowlers something to bowl at. Their departure in the penultimate over saw Mike Binns go out for a 6 ball heave, eventually connecting via a top edge for two off the last ball!
Aldworth needed to bowl well but we knew that we had beaten Hampstead Norreys the week before with a similar score. The first 3 balls set the required tone, but the following 60 were not quite as accurate, and the two openers blitzed to the total with 9 overs to spare.
Aldworth Vs Trundlers, 23.05.2015
Aldworth drew their Saturday afternoon friendly with travelling side the Trundlers. Batting first, Paul Richardson and Jonny Rigall survived some accurate, hostile opening bowling with skill and fortitude, before a bowling change led to both being caught for 43 and 35 respectively. Sam Warren then fell cheaply, before Mike Fane and Marc steadied the ship slightly. Their departure for 30 and 5 then allowed Nils and Barry Gardener time to occupy the crease, until Nils fell for 10 trying to push the rate up. Simon seemed intent on running out Barry in the search for quick singles to push the score up, but both men survived to the close, leaving Trundlers 174 to win.
With Ed and Marc bowling at pace and getting some movement, Trundlers looked in trouble at 29-2. Both got a few to move away and Simon, standing in bravely as keeper, was unlucky not to take a thin low edge, but Ed got one to jag back in sharply which got an under edge onto the stumps. Marc continued running in with no luck in his marathon spell until finally getting two wickets in two overs to finish with figures of 2-22.
Trundlers fought back, and despite wickets for Mike and 3 for Paul, a draw became the inevitable result after a half century from Trundlers no. 7.
Aldworth Vs Hampstead Norreys, 20.05.2015
Aldworth won a thrilling encounter with Hampstead Norreys to complete a second win in 4 days over local rivals, this time in much closer fashion by only 7 runs.
The early loss of Mike Fane without scoring brought Marc Gregory to the crease, and he and Paul Richardson set about first rebuilding, and then dismantling the HN attack. When Paul fell for 11, Marc continued his onslaught, with Nils and James for company, finishing on 74 not out from 55 balls, leaving HN 116 to win.
Ed and Marc started well with the ball, reducing the hosts to just 20 runs from the first 6 overs, but Jonny Riggal and Ben Swingler allowed the hosts back in the game, before Ben was caught in the deep by Ed off Pauls bowling and Mike caught Jonny for 14 off a Marc full toss.
The hosts were looking to capitalise on a well set foundation, with a big over from Simon going for 12, but some fantastic death bowling from Paul, Mike and skipper Nils ensured a thrilling finish to restrict them to 109, just short of their target.
Aldworth Vs Hampstead Norreys, 17.05.2015
Aldworth win by 194 runs!
Yes you read that right, 194 runs!!!Aldworth today showed why they were beaten finalists in the cup, beating local rivals Hampstead Norreys by 194 runs. Having won the toss and electing to bat, we started off at a pace, with Paul Richardson hitting 12 runs in the first over. The early loss of his opening partner did nothing to slow the rate, as Sam Warren came in and the blitz continued! When Paul was finally out for 32, the onslaught continued with Mike Fane and Sam continuing at over 8 runs per over until Mike was dismissed for 53 and Marc Gregory came in and raced to 24 before questionably being given out lbw by the home umpire.
Sam looked set for his first century of the season until he missed a slow half-tracker and was bowled for 96. The pace fell off from there but by then the damage had been done, with Aldworth posting 273-9 from their 40 overs.
Some hostile opening bowling from Marc and Ed Webber restricted HN to 18-2 from 10 overs, and although some good defence and bravery took them further on, Tim Baker took an excellent running catch to break the partnership, and then Paul took a stunning, one-handed catch sprinting backwards to spark the collapse. Wickets were shared out between Paul, Marc, Ed, Phil Jones and Tim, and then young Ed Jenkin came in to finish off the tail with some tidy figures of 2 wickets from 2 overs for just one run, leaving HN at 79 all out from 31 overs.
A fantastic knock from Paul Richardson (who carried his bat through the Aldworth innings for 68 from just 55 balls) was not enough to beat Wantage on a gorgeous Wednesday evening. Batting first, Paul ran out Nils for one, however he and Jack Wood took us to what seemed a good score of 150 from our 20 overs, with both making the most of some average Wantage bowling and field placement, manipulating the ball through third man and point to perfection. There was an Aldworth rarity when Paul hit the ball to the massive square leg boundary, and they ran four!! When Jack was bowled for 25 from 21 balls, and Paul Dutton for 1, Marc came in and played a number of lovely shots for ones, until after confusion between the wickets, sacrificed himself to allow the man in form to continue. Hugh Osmond managed to stay in for the last few overs for 4, allowing Paul to earn 12 from the final over to bring up the 150 from the final ball of the innings.
With Ed Webber and Marc Gregory running in quickly, Aldworth looked to, get some early wickets, but the hosts got to 76-0 before Paul D bowled Summersbee and Paul R trapped R. Lonnon lbw, leaving Wantage at 77-3, and Aldworth just clinging on. However a brilliant 93 not out from D. Spencer and an unbroken 77 partnership with B. Martin meant the hosts raced home with more than 2 overs to spare.
Unfortunately the first league match of the season has had to be cancelled due to poor weather conditions.
With a sudden downpour of tropical proportions over the village 20 minutes before the start, we were lucky to fit a match in against the travelling Gussets. However the rain only lasted 15 minutes, and with the opposition as eager to play as we were, we managed to scramble together a temporary pitch to the side of the square to get a game played. Starting late, in slippery conditions the game was reduced to 20 overs a side and the Gussets played well for their 141, with a brilliant half century for JB (71). Wickets shared between Nils (3-24), Marc (2-18), Phil (1-18) and Ed (1-20). Despite a resolute 12 from Simon and a quick 24 and 6 from Hamish and James, Aldworth fell short of the required target, reaching 84.
Aldworth Vs Aldworth, 26.05.2015
As always the season has been kicked off in emphatic style with our traditional Aldworth vs Aldworth cricket match. This season saw a fantastic turnout, with 24 playing and many more spectating!
Paul and Ed were chosen to captain and with the pitch looking pristine, the game started apace, with Sam Warren blitzing a 28 and retired. It was then a game for the colts, who played fantastically in between the senior members of the team, and finally Eds team finished on 92. The chase was on and when Jack Wood was brilliantly run out by Steve Hanson, we had a game on. With 6 needed from the last over, Jonny Riggall bowled tightly to seal a tie!
The captains agreed to another match and once again the juniors showed why we are starting up the colts again this season. With the young Eds and Newings batting and bowling well, Pauls team ended on 46. Eds team began the chase led by young George Kent, and with another close match, we ended up with another tie! Food and frivolity followed with a special thanks to Ian and Dave as always for running the barbeque.