2010 Match Reports

This season we arranged 13 matches, and the full results were:
Won: 4
Lost: 4
Rained Off: 2
Cancelled: 1
No result: 2

Kings Head Home Sun 9 May - RAINED OFF
Suffolk Stags Home Tue 25th May 6pm - WON
Luddites Home Sun 13 June 2pm - LOST
All ages game Home Sat 26 June 2pm N/A
Yoxford CC Home Sunday 4th July 2pm - CANCELLED
Single Wicket Competition 4th July 2pm - N/A
Suffolk Allsorts CC Home July 13th 6pm - LOST
Goodwill Wanderers CC Home Sat 24th July 2pm - WON
Woodbridge Wombats Home Sun 25 July 2pm - WON
Presidents XI Home Sat 31st July 2pm - LOST
Suffolk Stags Home Sun 15 Aug 2pm - LOST
Kings Head at Woodbridge School Sun 29 Aug 2pm - RAINED OFF
Easton CC at Easton Sat 18th Sept 2pm - WON

Kings Head  Home Sun 9 May RAINED OFF

Suffolk Stags Home Tue 25th May 6pm WON

(Magnus writes:) The first match of the season saw a stonking win for Ashe Park against heavily fancied Staggy opponents. Having been walloped by this lot last year, and having been told before the match that they have never lost a single game in their club's history (could that have been a wind-up?) we had girded our loins, and prepared for a bumpy ride.  But blow me down, we walloped them back.  Resplendent in its new caps, the team showed not a single weak link.  We batted first and put on 126 in our 20 overs, with solid foundations set by Oli Morgan (30no) and Chairman Richard (29) and important cameos from Neil Gilbert among others. We bowled them out for 86, with honours spread among the seven bowlers, who from over one had them under pressure with nagging accuracy. Harry Goodchild, Russell Stowe and John Bellhouse all took vital wickets. Neil Gilbert and Cuillean McCausland finished off the job. But best of all was the epic fielding, with some fabulous catches, one at his ankles by Oli, and real skiers swallowed with ease by Russell and by new man Paddy Hobbs (hoping to see more of him!). It must be the caps, can see no other logical explanation for this level of play.  Now lets see if we can keep this up. Man of the match: a very tough call, but for all round excellence in every department it goes to Neil Gilbert. 

Luddites Home Sun 13 June 2pm – LOST

(Geoff writes:) Batting first in a 30 overs match at Ashe Park, Luddites posted 197-5 with 3 batsmen retiring having reached the individual score of 35 (rules of the day) Mr Butler hitting his 35 from 19 balls. Bowling honours went to Charlie Loyd who bowled 6 overs, 2 maidens, 1 for 17. Noise from Bentwaters Air Show annoyed some players, but the sight of the Grace Spitfire over-flying the ground was something to savour – at least by the scorer! Ashe Park made a spirited reply and rain threatened for a while but soon cleared. Unfortunately Lloyd Ellis (33) and Peter Minta (34) fell just short of the 35 retirement score but Neil Gilbert did reach 35 and so retired to return later taking his score to 45. Cuillean’s back spasm leaving him to bat at No 11 depleted the main batting strength so that we fell short of the required total by just 29 runs. (Magnus writes:) We did not really turn up for this game, and really we lost it in the field. Man of the match to Lloyd Ellis for his cultured strokeplay and vital runs.

All ages game Home Sat 26 June 2pm N/A

(Magnus writes:) A gathering of 25 or so, ranging in ages from 8 to 80 (mental age) was assembled into two teams – those aged over 13 vs those under 13. The Overs managed to cobble together 135 runs from their 20 overs against the tight bowling and fielding of the Unders, ably captained by George Loyd. When in the field, the Overs managed to keep the run rate in check but the Unders stuck manfully (boy and girl-fully) to their task and were eventually left with 8 runs to score off the last over. They achieved 7, so a tie was the result, and a very appropriate one too. Families on the boundary ropes were torn horribly in their loyalties between the Overs and Unders, so decided to cheer for everyone and everything. A great afternoon was had by all. Very difficult to pinpoint any star of the day, everyone starred.

Yoxford CC Home Sunday 4th July 2pm - CANCELLED 

Single Wicket Competition 4th July 2pm - N/A

(Geoff writes:) Yoxford let us down so a single wicket competition was arranged. Based as much as possible around a family theme, players were drawn in pairs to bat throughout eight 4 ball overs with each member of the fielding side bowling one over. The loss of a wicket brought a penalty of 5 runs and some batting pairs were in negative equity at times! This all proved a most entertaining afternoon. The results – in order of batting – are as follows: * Charlie & George Loyd 67-1 (Charlie 57* from 21 balls) * Peter Minta & Dominic Kilburn 39-2 * Kevin Ellis & Lloyd Ellis 32-4 * Richard Bertram & Laurie Bertram 41-7 * Magnus Spence & Jack Hobbs (later replaced by Paddy) 39-6 * Cuillean McCausland & Tomas 61-3 Despite a spirited effort from the final pair of Cuillean and Tomas, Charlie and George were the winners and received suitable prizes. Kevin Ellis, on holiday and visiting his brother from New Zealand, took two catches behind with 2 stumpings in his first cricket match for (cough, cough) years and was duly presented with a token prize. (Magnus writes:) We must do this competition next year, it was tremendous fun. Star of the day was certainly Charlie Loyd.

Suffolk Allsorts CC Home July 13th 6pm – LOST

(Geoff writes:) At Ashe Park in a 20 overs game and batting first, Allsorts scored at just over six an over to reach a total of 131-6 against the cocktail of nine Ashe Park bowlers. Rob Sledmere, opening the batting retired on 35 from 26 deliveries with three 4s and two 6s. In Ashe Park’s innings, Oliver Morgan looked comfortable at the crease but he lost partners, going himself in the fifth over after which the rest of the Ashe Park batting offered little resistance as they lost by 60 runs in 17 overs. (Magnus writes:) This was one of those games when we tried our best but nothing really seemed to go right. Very dissapointing that we could not put up more of a fight. However, the opposition claimed that they enjoyed themselves, and stayed downing beers for some time after the game, so did not fail on all fronts. Man of the match to Oliver Morgan.

Goodwill Wanderers CC Home Sat 24th July 2pm – WON

(Geoff writes) Let there be no mistake – this was one heck of a game of cricket providing an excellent afternoon of entertainment! Goodwill Wanderers batted first in a 35 overs match at a balmy Ashe Park and their innings began quietly with any forcing shots worth a lot more being stifled to just one run or a dot ball by some very keen fielding – an aspect of the game which featured from both sides throughout the match. Chris Westwood, opening for Goodwill Wanderers just avoided retirement being out on 37 at the fall of the sixth wicket, his other partners offering little support. Having the opposition at 93-7, Ashe Park had hopes of bowling the visitors out for a fairly cheap score, but enter Patel (22) and David Westwood (34*) who put on 30 for the 8th wicket, the final total being 157-8. Best bowling was from Jamie Thurston 3-26, Robbie Bullough 1-15 and Rob Westmacott 1-19; Tomas Regent held a stinging catch which some fielders might have bottled!

Chasing 158 to win, an asking rate of 4.5 runs per over didn’t seem too much of a challenge, but with Jamie Thurston, Nigel Pringle and Rob Westmacott back in the hutch with only 9 on the board, there was palpable tension in the Ashe Park Wanderers’ camp. However, Robbie Bullough joined debutante Brett Nabbs at the crease and although Robbie only scored 5 runs from his first 30 deliveries, his support was stoical as Brent scored with controlled aggression, their partnership of 66 flourishing towards the end when Robbie hit 24 from his last 18 balls and Brent retired on 40 from 45 balls with six boundaries. Scott Hunt then took over, hitting 41 (retired) from 45 balls with 8 boundaries, this time supported by Richard Bertram and although the closing overs weren’t without a scare or two, Ashe Park won by 2 wickets with an over and 2 balls left to complete a memorable victory with Brent Nabbs returning to hit the winning run. Joint men of the match, Robbie Bullough, and on their debut: Jamie Thurston and Brent Nabbs.

Woodbridge Wombats Home Sun 25 July 2pm – WON

(Magnus writes:) Now that Brandeston have gone off in a girly sulk this is our oldest fixture, and one we always look forward to. The Wombats consist of the fabulous Grave family and their terrifyingly young and athletic friends. They wollopped us the first two years running, but then we wollopped them back last year. So this was our chance to level the 4 year series at 2 all. We did it, oh yes, but by the skin of our teeth.

The Wombats were put in to bat but we held them to less than 4 an over for most of their innings.  We have learned that you really have to score 6 an over to have a defendable total, so we were feeling pretty good.  Apart from Andy Wheeler (31 from 33 balls) they did not muster any long innings in their total of 138-9 in 30 overs although Chris Cook fought bravely through cramp to score the second highest total.   Top Ashe Park bowlers were Andrew Bullard who took 2-12 from 5, and Harry Goodchild (2-21 from his five overs). Among the three under 11s who bowled, the best was Kit McCausland, just nine years old, who bowled 2 delightfully flighted overs from the Avenue end for 10 runs with no boundaries! In all we used 11 bowlers, which must be some kind of record - this was made possible by swapping wickies mid innings (well done to Lloyd on his stumps debut!).  Ashe Park fielding was impressive, with two run outs no less, and one notable catch plucked from what seemed like 10 feet in the air by Giles Peel. 

Luckily there were four batsmen for Ashe Park who were on song, because these four scored virtually all of our runs.  Two of these proved to be particular heroes, with innings that will be the subject of epic ballads to be sung on cold winter nights many years into the future.  The run chase for victory was led by hero number one, Giles Peel in his first game for Ashe Park who with fellow opener Tomas Regent (setting a new APWCC Czech national record of 17 from 22 balls) took the total to 37 for the first wicket. Support for Giles came then from Aidan Lisser (18) but we were still labouring below the required run rate until the arrival of hero number two Cuillean McCausland.  Giles had to retire on 31, but returned after the truly horrible collapse of the late order to partner Cuillean at a low point of 90-odd for 9.  It did not seem possible that we could win, but Giles calmly completed a magnificent debut fifty (70 balls, 9x4s) full of elegant shots all around the ground.  Cuillean's memorable innings of 40 n.o. from 35 balls was characterised by six boundaries (5x4s and 1x6 - Cuill does not really believe in singles) and ended when he drilled a cover drive for 4 to secure the win with three balls to spare.   Cue whoops of delight from the pavillion as the tension was released.  Joint men of the match: Giles and Cuillean.

Presidents XI Home Sat 31st July 2pm - LOST

(Richard writes:) After a morning’s rain/drizzle we were lucky to take to the field around 2pm for a reduced 25 over game. Richard, stand in captain matched Magnus’s record with ease and duly lost the toss and we were put in to bat. We made 135 after a slow start with new Saxmundham star Jamie Thurston and Lloyd Ellis both making 25 which meant retiring. Extras were our top scorer with a majestic 38 thanks to myriad wides from the opposition. Other vital cameos came from new debutante Paul Jordan who scored 4 and 6 off consecutive balls. The Presidents XI fielding was exceptional and both Jonny Gooderham and Tomas Regent fell victim to superb catches. After an excellent tea (thanks Old Rectory..we will miss you on 15th August) the PresidentsXI set about our total with relish and vigour. S Harle and B Arkwright both raced to 25 not out relatively quickly and at half time drinks we were really up against it.

However Ashe Park fought back like tigers and wickets began to tumble thanks to excellent bowling from Jonny Gooderham and Michael Brett amongst others. Several important catches were held (and several put down by Neil Gilbert who had struck up a rapport with the square leg umpire ; need to move him next match!). Unfortunately the truning point was when the captain bowled their captain, Jonjo Lyles first ball which meant their retirees were stirred from their slubers in the pavilion. Despite rapturous support and glee from their umpires we fell victim to their opener’s ruthlessness and they knocked off the last 4 runs with 3 balls to spare.

All in all a real nailbiter (we had them worried) and much closer than last year; we will overcome in 2011 ! At the end Jonjo administered punishment by bottles of beer to his star performers with “down in ones” which he easily won to try to compensate for his injury hampered performance with bat and ball. Ashe Park Wanderers CC presented the President with a special birthday present; his very own APWCC cap within a Magnus Spence hand crafted certificate to mark the occasion. As usual the sun did shine and we hope the pitch recovers Darran; sorry!

Suffolk Stags Home Sun 15 Aug - LOST

Our last home match of the season was our opportunity to (Geoff writes) With a north wind blowing and the scorer dressed like a Michelin man, Ashe Park batted first and cruised to 59-1 from 9 overs thanks largely to Lloyd Ellis who retired on 30 made from 29 balls with four boundaries. He was well supported by Ben Askins who was out for 29 from, 28 balls with three 4s. Unfortunately the good start to the innings found little support from the other batsmen, the next best score being 17 from Steve Askins and then a spirited innings of 15* from Johnny Gooderham. Parker took 4 – 26 from 4.4 overs and Hurlock was on a hat trick in his third over. The home team innings closed at a rather disappointing 129 with Lloyd returning to the crease to make his score up to 40 before he was last man out. Suffolk Stags’ reply was measured with the openers putting on 30 for the first wicket and Adrian Barham scoring 27 from 42 balls, followed by Rob Sledmere’s contribution of 23. Then, two wickets in three overs gave Ashe Park some hope, but enter John Clay who batted solidly for his 32 (retired) made from 32 balls with one 6 and three 4s. Johnny Gooderham ended with figures of 5 overs, 1 maiden, 4 for 21 and was the second bowler in the match to be on a hat trick (in his last over). Ben Askins took three catches but despite these efforts, Suffolk Stags reached their target with 11 balls to spare. MOTM: Johnny Gooderham

Kings Head at Woodbridge School Sun 29 Aug 2pm - RAINED OFF

Easton CC at Easton Sat 18th Sept 2pm - WON

An epic match which saw over 500 runs scored on a beautiful afternoon at Easton. 

(Geoff writes) In a 35 overs match, winning the toss, Ashe Park put on 70 for the first wicket thanks to Giles Peel and Ben Askins who ended up on 63 from 70 balls with 9 fours but who retired on 50 to return later. Those 70 opening runs came in 11 overs and there were murmurings of anticipation that a formidable total might be posted. However, this optimism was somewhat deflated because the other upper order batsmen were confronted by rather better bowling and the run rate fell as the score reached 101-5 in the 20th over. But Cuillean McCausland (22 from 15 with 4 fours) and Steve Askins (56* from 35 balls with 9 fours) had the scoreboard rattling along again to take the score to 200-8 in the 30th. Then – enter Charlie Loyd at number 11 who blitzed the bowling mercilessly with 51 from 21 balls with 3 fours and 6 sixes adding 70 with Steve in five overs to take the total to 270 all out with one ball to spare.

Chasing, Easton’s openers then set the pace very nicely with the right run rate until they lost four wickets in six overs after which the scoring rate slowed appreciably, Magnus and Charlie striking with two wickets each. Prior to that, Tomas Regent (4 overs for 26) and James Robbins (5 overs for 29) both kept the scoring below the required rate and with five wickets down after 22 overs, Easton gave up the cause ending up on 211-5. The main contributors to their innings were Bennett-King with 44, B. Thomas with 47 and G. Mitchell who retired on 51. Fred Mitchell finished on 26* and Ashe Park Wanderers won by 59 runs.   MOTM: Charlie Loyd.

Annual Members Dinner and Awards 13/11/10
[The Chairman writes] On November 13th APWCC members gathered at Captain M Spence’s fine abode in Melton to celebrate another successful season. Eleven of us dined on a lavish dinner prepared in advance by Jules Bell.

We reviewed the season and various awards were presented. The undoubted highlight was a brand new (to us) Trophy for the member who has contributed the most over the last season. Exciting news as our President, Richard Keeling has purchased an historic Edwardian Tea Urn which we are most fortunate to have been presented with. We will shortly place a picture of this wonderful trophy to see on our website. This is for all to inspire, admire and try to win next year!

After much discussion at the dinner (over bottles and bottles of vin) we have decided to name this “The Jonnie Veale Award” and next year we may even have an engraved plinth for it to stand on.

Our first recipient after an excellent all round contribution this year including many runs, catches and just turning up, complete with long lost brother on one occasion was …drum roll….Loyd Ellis. He then promptly announced he was re-emigrating back to NZ for good ! But not with our trophy.

Other awards:

Bat – Charlie Loyd for monster 50 in 19 balls at Easton

Bowl - Cuillean McCausland for being the man always called on to bowl in pressure moments

Coffee cup – The award for all round family support - The Bellhouses 

Yuff - George Loyd for single wicket triumph 

Non member player of year - Our one and only East European Tomas Regent

All in all we had a fantastic evening and special thanks to Magnus (and the rest of the Spence household for putting up with our noise) for being a great host. If you would like to volunteer to host the din dins next year please let us know…otherwise we will just ask ourselves !