Season Summary

Number of games 13
Won 2
Lost 6
Cancelled 2
N/a 2
Rained off 1

A poor start to the season..
The Suffolk Stags Away Wednesday 18/05/2011
Geoff writes: Having won the toss, Magnus decided to ease the team into the season by batting first in this 20 overs game played in the gathering and worsening gloom at Sudbourne Park. There was little of note in the batting performance except for two imperious cover drives to the boundary by Johnny Gooderham and an inning of 20 from Neil Gilbert as Ashe Park were bowled out for 83 in 19.4 overs. Despite some excellent bowling from Rob Westmacott, Johnny Gooderham and Harry Young in particular, and great wicketkeeping by Jonathan Fox, the Stags sadly had few problems in reply, their opener G. Tasell retiring on 26* with the other batsmen picking off the runs to win comfortably by 7 wickets in 16 overs. Team was Jonathan Fox, Geoff White (SCORER), Magnus Spence, Neil Gilbert, Johnny Gooderham, Tomas Regent, Richard Bertram, Peter Minta, Paddy Hobbs, Robert Westmacott, and we welcomed new faces: Dan Whitfield and Harry Young. Very difficult to pick a man of the match on such a disappointing performance, but it goes to Rob Westmacott and Johnny Gooderham for showing some resistance!

A good day out, and a win to boot
Kings Head Inn Home Sunday 22/05/2011
Geoff writes: King’s Head Woodbridge XI were put in to bat in this 20 overs match at Ashe Park on Sunday 22nd May and their scoring progress was jolted by the loss of early wickets – one being a family affair c R.Stowe b S.Stowe. There were a few mighty clouts from ‘Fireman’ Joe but the team only managed a total of 57 with Dan Whitfield taking 3 for 7 in two overs. I think it fair to say that Ashe Park made rather heavy weather of chasing the target, but Tomas Regent played some good shots off his legs in his retired innings of 15* and Peter Minta was steady in his approach – he also retired on 15*. A middle order collapse didn’t help the cause but Steve Askins hit the winning runs with 12 from 11 balls as we won by 5 wickets in 19 overs. After the match the KH put on a BBQ which was hugely enjoyed by all in the sunshine. Sunday afternoons don’t get much better than this. Team was Jonathan Fox, Geoff White (SCORER), Magnus Spence, Tomas Regent, Richard Bertram, Peter Minta, Dan Whitfield, Paddy Hobbs, Russell Stowe, Ben Askins, Stephen Askins and we welcomed Sam Stowe for the first time. Man of the Match for showing us that even in 20-20 games, batting is all about keeping a cool head, goes to Peter Minta, but an honourable mention to Tomas Regent for a great knock too.

A great performance, but no cigar
Brandeston 6 a sides Away Saturday 28/05/2011
Cuillean writes: On Saturday 29th May Ashe Parke's Brandeston Bullets took part in the annual Brandeston 6's Charity Competition, for the second time. Team: Cuillean McCausland (c), Rob Westmacott, Paddy Hobbs, Tomas Regent, Adrian Owles and Brent Nabbs.

Verses: Suffolk All Sorts - batting first we made 66-1 with Hobbs 25* and Nabbs 22* the main contributors. They fell well short after a tight bowling and fielding performance McCausland and Hobbs picking up a wicket each in their 56-2.

Verses: The Easey Gang - after winning the toss again we batted and piled on the runs 69-0 McCausland 30* and Owles 18*. However our first loss of the day - Westmacott took one for the team right on the nose and off to the Riverside he went. Kit McCausland took up the challenge and brought our average nearer Woodbridge's. More tight fielding and bowling McCausland snr and Nabbs picking up a wicket each restricting them to 60-2.

Verses: Woodbridge School - the coin fell kindly again and we chose to bat with Regent 24 and Owles 25* we somehow chalked up 54-1 off a ferocious young attack only losing a wicket off the last ball of the innings. They knocked the runs off with a couple of balls to spare but a performance to be proud of!

Verses: The Dead Rappers Society - probably our best performance of the day after losing the toss we had to field on the smallest of the three pitches. McCausland jnr with a very economical over along with Nabbs and Owles put them under the cosh - Hobbs and McCausland snr gave them hope after their bowling took a bit of a battering but at least they combined well with Hobbs taking a fine catch off the laters bowling late on. Chasing 61 to win our rotating batting order was back with Hobbs 26* and Nabbs 25* knocking them off with ease Hobbs hitting the last ball for 6 leaving us 67-0.

By now battered and bruised we failed to reach the final, as the competition was based on most runs scored by each team, however with 3 wins from 4 matches and 2 of our opponents from the 12 teams present contesting the final it was a good effort from the boys!! Men of the day from our No.4 batting berth Rob Westmacott and Kit McCausland

Near miss in the wet
Luddites CC Home Sunday 12 June 2011
Geoff writes) The afternoon was memorable for two things: the cricket and the rain. Rain which would have sent Test cricketers scurrying for the hutch. Winning the toss for this 30 overs match, Ashe Park batted first but their openers were unable to trouble the scorer. Tomas Regent batting at No 3 provided stalwart resistance for his 14 and Jude Chin chipped in with 18, but the run rate left much to be desired until Johnny Gooderham (41 from 33 balls) and Neil Gilbert (36 from 32) came together when the rain started – and the rain didn’t stop until play ended at 5.55. The pair put on 63 in a partnership lasting just 8 overs and that drove the final score towards 145 assisted by 15* from Steve Askins at the end of the innings. At tea there was discussion as to whether or not Ashe Park had posted a good enough total and Luddites in reply struggled with the run rate despite some aggressive shots from Dave Maunder in his 21. Luddites’ plight was not looking too optimistic when Neil Gilbert tightened the screw on the run scoring by taking 1 for 0 in his first three overs. That left Luddites on 49-4 with half their overs gone, but their potential lost cause was transformed then Callum Askins, guesting for the opposition, joined Tim Woodward and together they hit the winning runs in an unbroken partnership of 98 from 14.3 overs, Tim scoring a rather circumspect 47* from 67 balls, and Callum hitting 47* from 42 balls with 6 boundaries and an all-run 4; and a few runs taken off his dad bowling from the Avenue end. Luddites won by 6 wickets with five balls to spare. In the rain.

Good effort but not quite
Queens House XI Home Wednesday 15 June 2011
The Queens House team were put in to bat in this 20 overs game, and scored 100, with 3 scalps each to Harry Goodchild and Richard Bertram. Sadly the Ashe Park response was never quite up to scratch, and totalled 94. Top scorer Neil Gilbert was run out on 34, and no one else could quite compliment his innings. Jude Chin (10) and Sam Kennedy (10) did their best. A brave try, but not our best effort! Neil the man of the match for a great effort.

Lads not quite on song
Dads vs Lads Home Sunday 19 June 2011
Another very successful afternoon of sunshine and family frolics. The dads did eventually win it, which is a first I think, but only because the lads showed a remarkable drop in form compared to their heroics in other recent matches. Great bowling by Stowe Jr and Laurie Bertram kept the Dads pegged to 98. Top scoring Dad was Jeff Buchanan. Lads performed with vim, especially Buchanan Jr who top scored with 10 despite being nearly the youngest on the team. A great afternoon had by all.

Ian Collett' XI Home Wednesday 13 July 2011
Sadly this match was called off by the opposition

Kings Head Inn Home Sunday 17 July 2011
Sadly, rained off

Another near miss, oh no!
Brandeston Away Sunday 24 July 2011
(Geoff writes) It was an afternoon of balmy sunshine – later quite hot – and the opinion seemed to be that chasing runs was favourite, so having luckily won the toss, Cuillean asked the opposition to bat. Despite 11 of our overs conceding only 28 runs, Brandeston cruised to a total of 143-7 in their 25 allotted overs with three batsmen retiring. Neil Gilbert was on a hat trick in his second over, ending with figures of 5-1-10-2 and Cuillean and Paddy Hobbs chipped in at the end with some tight bowling. The chase began rather too slowly with only 9 on the board from the first 5 overs, but after tea some wood was put on the ball to speed up the scoring rate with Giles Peel retiring on 25. Paddy Hobbs just missed out on retiring, being caught for 22 but then Rob Westmacott hit 19 from 17 balls. Oliver Fox at number 5 took charge with some controlled hitting, scoring 27 from 19 balls including a 6 which he claims to have aimed at the pavilion roof – he missed. Too bad that the cardinal sin was committed by running out one of our batsmen without facing a ball, the hapless victim being Neil Gilbert towards the end of the innings. With the run rate still something of a challenge, Cuillean hit 16 from 10 balls but we fell short of victory by 8 runs.

Stonking win for Cuill and Kit
Single wicket competition Home Sunday 31 July 2011
(Geoff writes) Another fabulous summer day and another let down by the opposition (Woodbridge and Old Woodbridginians XI ) so a Single Wicket game was fabricated. Batsmen were paired to face four overs regardless of wickets lost and it made for a very entertaining afternoon. Each wicket lost cost the batting pair five runs and the second pairing of Oliver Fox and Dan Whitfield posted a challenging score of 40-2 (net 30-2) but enter McCausland and Son. They scored 40-0, Cuillean hitting 35 and Kitt (just 10 years old) contributing 5 and they were the outright winners. Kitt was also pick of the bowlers with 4-0-16-3! But mention has to be made of Tomas’s cousin Jacob, who, never having played cricket before, scored 11 runs in partnership with Tomas in their aggregate of 20-0 - the only other pair not to lose a wicket. And not only that, but Jacob held a stupendous catch at wide long off close to the ground – a catch any cricketer would be proud of.

A win at last!
Philistines XI Away Sunday 07 August 2011
Harry Young's Philistines team had booked the pitch at Sudbourne and challenged us to a match. We expected some quality opponents and were not let down. Batting first the Philistines scored 136 off their 30 overs. They threatened more but were pegged back by excellent bowling, with six bowlers each taking one wicket. Economy was especially good from Cuillean McCausland (17 runs off 6 overs) and Johnny Gooderham (16 off 6). Great wickets also from Ed Veale (beautiful flighted stuff) and Dan Whitfield (bowling well at the death), and Jonathan Fox (first bowl of the season too). Three stonking catches (none dropped) and a stumping by Tomas Regent and some great fielding espacially by Harry Fox and Jakub. Faced with only 4.5 an over we felt confident, but lost early wickets and never managed to get ahead of the rate. That is until monster innings by Cuillean McCausland (29) and Johnny Gooderham (54no) swung the game our way. With only 30 odd to get in the final 10 overs, the game looked won. But wickets kept falling. We had plenty of overs to spare, but were down to the last man – a resolute Fox (J) - with still 7 runs to get. But Johnny had retired, and luckily could come back in to knock off the winnings runs. What a huge innings, five 4s and a 6, scored off 37 balls - what a hero Johnny was, our man of the match for sure. But a great team effort, and every one a hero in their own way!

Wallopped by the Presidents

Presidents XI Home Saturday 13th August 2011 
Geoff writes: The morning of match day was gloomy indeed with steady rain falling most of the time and there must have been doubts about play starting. However, right on cue at lunch time, the sun burst through and figuratively speaking it certainly shone on the President’s XI. Winning the toss for this 25 overs game, Ashe Park put the enemy in to bat and despite losing one of their openers in the 4th over, the upper order batsmen cruised the score to 96 – 2 in the 15th. Ed Buxton, Simon Harle and Ed Bunbury all retired on 25 and later batsmen all chipped in to take the total to 166-7, the wickets being shared by 5 bowlers, Magnus being on a hat trick in this 4th over. The President’s XI then took a strangle hold on the game by reducing Ashe Park to 19-5 in the 7th. Despite Ashe Park using all their allotted overs and Magnus hitting 25* from 30 balls with support from Harry Fox (15*), they finished on 82-8, losing by 84 runs.

Season ends with another wollopping

WOODBRIDGE WOMBATS  Sunday 21st August 2011
Geoff writes: This, the last game of the season, was a 40 overs match starting at 11.00 on a fine morning, Wombats winning the toss and batting. Ashe Park bowlers were unable to make inroads and took some hammering from the batting side. Even with a clatter of four wickets in five overs towards the end of their innings, Wombats totalled 201-9 with Jake Grave highest scorer with 66 from 69 balls, returning after retirement at 30*. Cuillean was the pick of the bowlers taking 3 for 25 in 5.5 overs. Giles Peel (28) and Mark Edworthy (32*) took Ashe Park forward with further assistance from Magnus (20) taking the score to 94-3 in the 22nd when the game was nicely poised. Then Cuillean contributed 38 from 48 balls but four wickets fell in six overs putting pressure on the lower order to hit the winning runs, a task which was beyond them with Ashe Park finishing on 160-9 having used all their overs and losing by 41 runs.