Match Reports 2013

May 3rd vs St Audreys Away WON
After the misery of depressing cricketing weather last season, we were blessed with a fine sunny evening for our opening T20 match Vs Melton St Audrey’s at their ground on Friday evening, 3rd May. Batting first, we posted 113 - 5 with some assistance from players borrowed from the opposition, but there was a significant contribution from Harry Young; his 23 was crafted from 36 balls with plenty of singles and two fours. In reply, Melton raced to 35 in 5 overs, well ahead of the required run rate, but at the end of that 5th over, being 3 wickets down thanks to Richard Bertram and Harry Young striking in consecutive overs, the scoring rate became strangled. This was due in no small measure to Rob Westmacott’s mean contribution of three overs for just 5 runs. With the encircling gloom of the fading evening light, the Melton innings was slowly re-established in a partnership between James Buchanan and Malcolm Grubb (30*), but too much was left for the lower order in the run chase with overs ticking away, and apart from a few lusty blows from the late order, the target proved just too much and we won by 9 runs. Richard Bertram took 2-16 in his three overs and Harry Young 2-21 in four.
Man of the Match Harry Young

May 26th St Audreys Home 2pm WON
This was the return match and Melton’s approach was to bring a youthful team for the 25 overs afternoon game. Major contributions came from Richard Bertram (22), and Cuillean McCausland (32*) as Ashe Park posted 111-9 but there were fears that this total was not enough. However, the Melton response never threatened our target with only three batsmen reaching double figures and none showing any real aggression, indeed, Ashe Park bowlers delivered 8 maiden overs. Highlights from the bowlers: Dan Whitfield 3 overs 2 maidens, 1 for 1, Richard Bertram 3-1-0-6 and Cuillean Mc Causland 4-2-2-2. Although Melton used all their overs, they fell short by 41 runs.
Man of the Match: Cuillean McCausland

June 1st Brandeston 6 a side
The first match start time of 9 a.m. was not exactly popular with Ashe Park Wanderers, but we were greeted by sunshine upon arrival at the ground. The first game was a tight contest which we lost by 3 wickets off the last ball. The second game was also a close finish and we lost again, this time by 4 wickets with 2 balls to spare. After a very agreeable hog-roast lunch and in cooler weather with even a slight threat of rain, we were comfortably victorious in the two remaining matches, by 4 wickets and 39 runs respectively, but unfortunately, our mixed results didn’t accrue enough points for us to progress to the finals. Six-a-side being very much a game for the batsmen, there were no individual highlight performances from our bowlers from the wicket taking point of view except that Ben Wright was on a hat trick, but the average 12.2 economy rate per over was commendable. Ben Wright amassed 120 runs for us in the four matches from 32 balls including 14 sixes, and Cuillean’s contribution was 42 runs with 4 sixes.
Man of the day: Ben Wright

June 16th vs Kings Head LOST
(The Chairman – aka The Traitor, see below – writes:) We had an unusual game against Kings Head XI as they turned up with 5 whilst we amazingly had a full X1. The Chairman, his son Laurie and Treasurer’s son Nick Peel were duly proferred to make an eight a side contest with reduced 20 overs being the format. Ashe Park scored freely with Ed Veale and Dom Askins both reaching 25 not out despite heroic Kings Head fielding. There was a compulsory beer break at 10 overs although Laurie and Nick stuck to Lemonade and Tizer. Kings Head achieved several wickets including a stunning caught & bowled by KH captain Andrew Bullard. Ashe Park reached 105 in their 20 overs, just as the rain began.
We decided to turn straight round and to leave tea till later. Kings Head put Richard Bertram in to open and much to our surprise (and disgust!) he reached 25 not out, whilst his partner also did the same. Ashe Park had some bad luck with two hard chances put down. Ed Veale then turned the screws and managed a couple of quick wickets, clean bowled. It was left to Andrew Bullard and Laurie to steer the visitors home after an unlucky series of double wides/byes. All in all a very enjoyable game and luckily little rain.
Man of the match: Ed Veale

July 28th Double Wicket competition
It was a hot but breezy day and the opposition let us down, so a double wicket competition was held with teams of two organised by Magnus. The arrangements were that pairs of batsmen continue their innings, even if they are out, for a total of 6 overs, and the partnership score is the total runs, less 5 runs for every wicket lost. The first pair of Anthony Fairbanks-Weston and son Hugo were unfortunate in scoring only 16 runs with the loss of five wickets which left a negative total of –9 for 5. Richard Bertram and Ed Veale then posted an impressive score of 48-2, each of them being out once and leaving a final score of 38-2. John Gooderham and Alfie Fairbanks-Weston followed with 25-4 which the rules reduced to 5-4. Magnus and James Chancellor batted steadily for their 39-3 resulting in a total of 24-3, and then the final pairing of James Dobing and Dan Whitfield threatened the best score of the afternoon with a spirited partnership of 47-3, reduced to 32-3 and narrowly failing to win in an entertaining climax. Catches: James Chancellor 1, Dan Whitfield 2, Hugo Fairbanks-Weston 2. There were three run outs and Dan Whitfield topped the bowling figures with 4-20 off his 4 overs. Magnus Spence was an expensive 3-33, with Ed Veale sneaking in at 2-23. Hugo Fairbanks-Weston was an impressive 2-22 off his 3 overs.

Aug 4th vs Harry Youngs XI WON
On a fine and sunny afternoon, Philistines batted first with George Young stamping his authority from the outset with 31* and duly retiring. Major contributions followed from James Dobing (26), J. James (18) and Harry Young (17) but aspirations of posting a bigger total were dashed when 4 wickets fell in the last five overs, thanks to Magnus taking 4-13 from his 3, and Philistines closing their 25 overs at 115-8. Ashe Park lost two early wickets chasing, but the innings was underpinned by Richard Bertram (30* retired) and John Gooderham with 29, so at 89-3 from 16 overs, minor contributions from the middle order batsmen were enough to see them home by 3 wickets with 4 balls to spare, Ed Veale ending up 13* having taken 2 wickets and two catches in the visitors’ innings. Also worthy of note was a short innings of mighty blows at the end of the innings from Nick Peel (aged 12) who showed the rest of the team exactly how to deal with a tight run chase. 
Man of the Match: Richard Bertram

August 10th vs Presidents XI    WON                                                                             In a 25 overs match, despite Callum Askins opening the bowling tightly with 1 for 4 in three overs, the President's XI cruised to 60-3 in 13 overs with doubtless high hopes of posting more than 100. However, in the last five overs they lost four wickets largely thanks to a hat trick by Magnus, and they closed on 99-7. Needing exactly 5 runs per over, Giles Peel and Dominic Askins laid the foundations, each retiring on 25* and the Callum Askins contributing 16 to take Ashe Park to 87-2 in the 15th and an anticipated easy victory. However, Ashe Park then lost 5 wickets in 5 overs which spiced the contest with JonJo Lyles taking 2 for 10 in 4 overs, but thanks to some wides and Harry Goodchild’s excellent leg side boundary 4, Ashe Park won by 4 wickets with 3 balls to spare.                                                                   Man of the match Dom Askins

August 18th vs Wombats LOST

The visit of Wombats to Ashe Park had them batting first and their initial progress was steady. Wicket loss was spread fairly evenly across their innings, but contributions from Ben Askins (28*), Ian Brammer (25) and J. Latham (20*) saw them to an impressive total of 154-9 in their 25 overs. Pick of our bowlers was Anthony Fairbanks-Weston with 3-15 from his four overs. The upper order in Ashe Park’s chase matched Wombats innings up to the 12th over almost run-for-run, but the rate was then slowed enough in the middle of the innings to make heavy demands on the rest of the order. Dominic Askins (25*) and Jonjo Lyles (28*) plundered 53 runs between them to set up an exciting finish, despite being hit in the arm chest etc in Jonjos case four times by bouncers!  Callum Askins also added 17 from just ten deliveries, but despite 20 runs being scored from the 24th over, Ashe Park, still with 5 wickets left, needed 10 runs of the final over and fell short by just runs.                                      Man of the match Jonjo Lyles