2009 Season


Weds May 20th vs Easton 6pm (A) TIED
Tues June 9th 6pm vs Sudbourne Park CC (H) RAINED OFF
Thurs June 11th Eve vs Melliss CC (A) CANCELLED
Sun June 14th Day vs Yalding Old Boyz 12:30 (H) WON
Thurs June 25th 6pm vs Melliss CC (H) LOST
Tues July 7th 6pm vs Sudbourne Park CC (A) LOST
Sat July 18th Brandeston 6-a-side Tournament (A) RESULT N/A
Weds July 29th vs Brandeston 5:30pm (A) LOST
Sun July 26th 12:30 vs Woodbridge Wombats (H) WON
Sat August 1st 12:30 vs Presidents XI (H) LOST
Sun August 16th 12:30 Dads vs Lads match (H) RESULT N/A
Sat August 22nd 12:30 vs The Suffolk Stags (H) LOST
Weds August 26th vs Brandeston 5:30pm (H) WON
Sat 12th September 12:30 vs Easton CC (H) WON
Sun September 13th 11:00 vs "Norfolk" (H) WON

Weds May 20th vs Easton 6pm (A) TIED

The first match of the season against Easton was a huge success, and so nearly delivered an epic first victory! El Chairman writes: “Russell Stowe and Neil G opened bowling. R got 2 early wickets with the old wide then straight on stumps trick and I think they were 16 for 3 at one point. Then couple of better batsman picked off our loose ones. Solid fielding esp from Russell, yuff Matthew Ball, Harry, Peter and Charlie who also bowled v well with little reward (might be best to check details with Geoff) kept eating outside edge and had v hard chance to Rob in slips.

Neil bowled well as did Rob w. for 1 wicket, I think: Cuill also bowled pretty well for 2 I think; considering no nets before and first game we were solid. Batting - Olly M v cultured 56 and Cuills able support the highlights. Dogged resistance and running from Harry and Neil at the end to see us home for draw.” Cap’n Charlie also asked to point out that very generous hospitality (BBQ no less) was offered by Fred and Jolyon as a gesture to welcome us to our first match as a constituted club.

MOTM goes to Ollie for a first ever 50 for the club! That is - for the whole club, not just Ollie for the club.

Sun June 14th Day vs Yalding Old Boyz 12:30 (H) WON

Our Scorer (what an asset is that!) Geoff White has offered to write match reports.  Here is his first write up. Man of the Match: Cuillean McCausland.

Yalding Old Boyz arrived at Ashe Park with true ‘team on tour’ exuberance on sunny Sunday 14th June. They won the toss and batted, losing two early wickets thanks to opening bowler Ben Spence who took a wicket with his first ball - Russell Stowe following up with a second wicket soon after. There followed a recovery, largely led by Mark Allan who shared in a stand of 66 for the 3rd wicket, a stand interrupted by Mark’s retirement at 30, the agreed maximum for any batsman on the day. Thereafter, runs came steadily at about 4 per over and wickets fell with regularity throughout the remainder of their innings, Yalding Old Boys posting 151 all out in their 35 allotted overs. Russell Stowe finished with figures of 5 overs, 2 maidens, 3 for 17 and Peter Minta 5 overs, 0 maidens, 3 for 26. 

In reply, Ashe Park Wanderers struggled somewhat to hit the ball off the square and with falling wickets, the run rate suffered as a result but Rob Westmacott and Cuillean McCausland were to come to the rescue: both having retired earlier having scored their 30 runs, and with a run rate now just exceeding 6 per over, Rob returned in the 26th over to be joined by Cuill in the 31st, and between them, they saw us home with 36 runs from 4 overs and 4 balls. Cuill’s Man of the Match innings of 61* came from 47 balls with 9 fours and one six, Rob’s contribution being a more measured but equally valuable 44* from 62 balls with five fours, Ashe Park winning by 2 wickets with two balls to spare.

After the match, Yalding Old Boyz thanked us for a splendid afternoon and offered cricketing hospitality if we ever chose to visit Kent. They then delighted us by presenting a winners’ trophy which they were very keen to try and claim for themselves next season.

Thurs June 25th 6pm vs Melliss CC (H) LOST

We had failed to provide a team to go to Melliss, so it was good of them to come all the way from near Diss to us. Before this evening game, our first ever at Ashe Park, we tried to put them off with lavish hospitality, but this largely failed. Despite having a well stocked team of talented performers on their day, we failed to turn up for this game in a cricketing sense.

Chasing a manageable 120 we were shot out for 80, with only three making double figures, and should have followed the example of our 16 year old MOTM Ben Askins who smacked 22 and showed some real vim.

In the field we had used seven bowlers in all, but we were a little awry in line and length. Cap’n did fluke 4 wickets (for 7 off 4, since you ask) at the death of their innings, but the real story was some great catches, in particular from Oliver Fox, taking a skyer at very deep mid on with huge aplomb. Very good to welcome new faces Piers Pollard, John Bellhouse and Nigel Pringle.

Tues July 7th 6pm vs Sudbourne Park CC (A) LOST

Geoff writes:  In a twenty overs match, under threatening skies, having lost the toss and playing on the all-weather pitch, Ashe Park Wanderers’ bowlers were unable to stem the tide of runs from Sudbourne Hall’s young and talented upper order batsmen who raced to 99 from 13 overs. Although from the start, Rob Westmacott held control at one end with four overs for 16 runs, our other bowlers suffered. Harry Goodchild later stemmed the flow of runs in a Man of the Match performance by taking 4-17 in his allotted overs.  Magnus Spence took a wicket with his first ball to a brilliant catch on the boundary rope by Jonathan Fox.  Since Magnus also took two wickets with his last two balls in the previous match, he is claiming a hat trick but sadly cricketing records only recognise a hat trick if it’s performed in the same match, but congratulations to Magnus and let no man gainsay his achievement! Sudbourne Hall’s total of 144 proved to be a serious challenge, and fading light did not help our batsmen in reply as we disappointingly fell 87 runs short with only two of our batsmen reaching double figures in a total of 57.

Sat July 18th Brandeston 6-a-side Tournament (A) LOST

Cuillean writes:  Brandeston 6's were a great success.  Geoff will supplement this with a little report so I thought I'd fill in the gaps of the rest of the day that are relevent to the club.  We may have only won 1 (and lost 3) on the cricket pitch but we put in a very good team performance on the bucking bronco.....it did not end there as the Ashe Park Wanderers Boules team was victorious running away with the trophy after 5 out of 5 wins destroying all in their path.....Boules team Florence McCausland Age 10, Kit McCausland Age 8, Lucy Beresford Age 10!!!!!

Not so impressive cricket team: Rob Westmacott (player of the day - consistent batting and bowling), Cuillean McCausland, Steve Beresford, Alex Evans, Rupert Bouverie, Nick Bouverie and James Lightfoot. Everyone had their moments and contributed with either bat or ball.....also we were honoured to have the organiser and man of the moment in our first two matches James Lightfoot who dragged us over the line in our only victory.

It may become an annual event so hope we can rustle up a team again next year.++ Wombats seen off in style ++
Geoff writes: The weather was kind to us on Sunday 26th July when we played Woodbridge Wombats at home. Magnus won the toss for this 30 overs match and we batted first, runs coming slowly until Neil Gilbert came to the crease, whence he hit 32 from 27 balls and retiring under the rules of the day. Steve Askins supported well with 32* from 28 balls and he too retired. Neil later returned to complete his innings, adding 15 more from 7 balls to make his total 47* and the team’s 148-8. Woodbridge Wombats lost their first wicket in the third over thanks to Ben Askins and with runs coming slowly, from the 8th over, Wombats then lost 7 wickets in consecutive overs which stifled any chance of victory, all but one of Ashe park’s bowlers claiming a wicket or two as Ashe Park sealed the win in 18.3 overs.

Sun July 26th vs Woodbridge Wombats (H) WON

Weds July 29th. After a confusion over start times, we were reduced to 9 men, and narrowly lost to an in form Brandeston team heavy on youth. We set a target of 120 in our 13 8 ball overs, thanks to some strong batting from across the order. But we always had difficulty keeping them in check, and were in fact short of 10 runs. The truth is that a 20-20 target these days is at least 7 an over, even at our level.

Sat August 1st vs Presidents XI (H) LOST

Richard writes: August 1st. We batted first ; we had to as we only had 7 players at 12.30. Olly Morgan had a puncture but still managed to make it in time to bat. Thanks mainly to Neil G and a massive performance by Extras (40 or so I think!) we achieved 130 against a pretty strong, if rusty bowling attack. There was at least one I Zinghari member amongst their ranks and we were always going to need to be sharp in the field. Neil G was the pick of our bowlers with 2 or 3 ? wickets. Laurie aged 8 bowled 2 economical overs including the only maiden of the day which kept us in with a shout for longer than we deserved. The other problem was that The Presidents exceptional hospitality had included a polypin of Adnams and we must have consumed too much at the half way point as mistakes crept in fielding and chances went astray. Jonjo Lyles, the Presidents son in law marshalled his troops superbly and despite claiming an injury clearly had plenty of runs in reserve and they exceeded our total with 2 overs spare. All in all a fantastic day and we just beat the forecast rain.

Sun August 16th Dads vs Lads match (H)

A monster success again this year. Ages were mixed up, and two teams selected. Serious and grown up names were chosen. The Pussycat Dolls narrowly beat off the challenge of the Transformers. August 16th - a lovely day in the sun to remember. All is well with the world.

Sat August 22nd  vs The Suffolk Stags (H) LOST

Geoff writes: 22nd August. Stags won the toss and batted, amassing the considerable total of 183 in their 30 overs, contributions coming from Mr Sindell (37* from 34 balls), Mr Holland (32* from 29), Mr Davies (31* from 24) and Mr S-Betts with 30 from 32 balls; wickets were shared by the Ashe Park bowlers. Ashe Park lost early wickets in response and at 59-5 after 16 overs, it seemed like a lost cause, but Magnus hit 42* from 42 balls, supported by Andrew Bullard’s 20 from 16, but despite that late rally, we fell short by 28 runs.

Weds August 26th vs Brandeston (H) WON

Geoff writes: In a 13 overs match on 26th August, Ashe Park Wanderers began slowly before Charlie Loyd hit 21 from 12 balls - his total of 22 coming from 30 balls. He was well supported by Rob Sledmere’s 27* (23 balls) and after a flurry of wickets in mid-innings, Cuillean’s 17* from 14 and Oli Morgan’s 19 from 10 balls saw us to a total of 114 for 6. In worsening light, Brandeston were reduced to 43-5 after 7 overs thanks to Russell Stowe taking 4 – 10 in his first two overs; he had Ben Askins to thank for two excellent catches at mid-wicket. Brandeston hit 18 in the 11th over but the 19 runs required to win from the final over was too much of an ask and Ashe Park won by 7 runs in the ever oppressive gloom just after eight o’clock.

Sat 12th September vs Easton (H) WON

Richard writes: Vs Easton at home 12th September. We started at 2.30 and decided on a 20:20 match. Richard won the toss (in absence of Magnus who always loses ! ) and elected to bat. We made steady progress but lost regular wickets. Captain at long last delivered something with the bat after numerous ducks earlier in the season and retired. We made 119 ish with other runs from Andrew Bullard amongst others which never looked likely to be enough. Easton were a strong mix of age, experience and ability so we were going to need something special. We took to the field after only a light tea and no beer (something to be learned for next season ?) and had reduced them to 0 for 3 wickets after 2/3 overs thanks to a great opening spell between Max Darrington and Andrew Bullard. One wicket was an outrageously good catch by Lloyd Ellis at deep gully. Their middle order steadied the ship and we then struggled but thanks to sterling bowling by Harry Goodchild in particular we worked a minor miracle and they ran out of overs and we won by around 8/9 runs. Worthy mention to Patrick Cooney (making his debut for the Ashes) and Andrew Cadman who brought lots of new equipment for the club including the long awaited roller, bats and balls. We missed our scorer Geoff who we have come to rely upon as a real asset and for detail and statistics. All in all a great afternoon and nice to record a first win against our neighbours. Incidentally they were very complimentary about our meagre facilities and Fred Mitchell who visited was keen to lend Easton’s support / equipment for the future especially over the winter.

Sunday 13th September vs 'Norfolk' (H) WON

Geoff writes: There were near wintery conditions at Ashe Park with a cold north wind blasting across the ground under cloudy skies when Magnus won the toss and we batted. Francis Law and Nigel Pringle were the early run scorers with 30 and 31 retired. Charlie Loyd followed suit with 24 and later Cuillean hit 27 from just 16 balls in our total of 143 – 7 from the allotted 25 overs. Lunch followed and a threatening rain squall proved mercifully brief. In reply, opener Rupert Kimber retired on 30 and then John Woollacombe on 31, and with Talbot-Williams scoring 22, the run chase was rolling along comfortably. However, progress was snared by a series of run outs – four in all – and some fantastic bowling at the death from the Ashe team and the visitors fell short by just 3 runs. Charlie Loyd took 1 for nine in his five overs with Cuillean conceding just 18 from his five. The Campsea Ashes were retained

Awards for season

At a meeting of the 13 founder members last week and after lengthy deliberation, the following awards were announced:

Member of the season (although apparently this is not a very elegantly phrased award): Peter Minta.
For being such a rock, so supportive, giving 110% even when wracked with pain, and for being such a generally good bloke, and for his 3-26 against Yalding.

Bat of the season: Cuillean McCausland.
For his 61 off 47 balls vs Yalding, a mighty, match winning epic knock that included a six over the long Pavilion boundary.

Bowl of the season: Russell Stowe.
For several performances but mostly for a vital 4-10 vs old foe Brandeston, which turned the match.

Yuff award: Ben Askins
For both batting and bowling with constant vim, including being the highest scorer vs Mellis, and for some of the most epic catches in a season of epic catches.

Coffee Cup award: The Askins family
For supplying so many teams with so many players, and for adding a brilliant combination of ruthless competitive edge with a constant stream of very bad jokes.

NEW AWARD THIS YEAR... Player (non-member) of the season: Harry Goodchild.
For his constant loyal presence, and for several performances including taking 4-17 vs Sudbourne.