Ashton on Mersey Cricket Club

Ashton on Mersey Cricket Club

June 2023

Jamal Benzafar bats

Ashton on Mersey CC 1st XI 158-9 25/09/23

Jamal Benzafar bats Cheshire County Cricket League Division 2 Ashton on Mersey CC 1st XI 158-9 Lost to Cheadle Hulme CC 1st XI 161-7 Ashton on Mersey fell to another defeat despite an improved performance against Cheadle Hulme at The Beets. Having won the toss and elected to bat, Ashton were rocked before a ball was bowled as one of their top order batsmen had to withdraw from the game due to a domestic emergency. The challenges continued as early wickets fell to the opening attack of Scott Howarth and Andrew Wylie. But the experienced Jamal Benzafar dug in to stabilise the Ashton effort. Benzafar looked set for a half century before unluckily dragging a ball onto his stumps on 47. Runs from Akash Patel and James Marshall allowed the score to mount but when Marshall was last man out with the score on 158, the total seemed below par. The excellent Howarth was the Cheadle Hulme bowling pick, finishing with 4-47. In reply Ashton struck early with Jackson Noske bowling a fiery opening spell, well supported by teenager Charlie Eaton. Cheadle Hulme were rocking on 57-5 before Aayush Singh Slathia and Sam Walker came together to turn the game in the visitors’ favour. Their partnership reached 80 before Noske returned to remove Walker. But despite a final wobble, Cheadle Hulme got over the line for a three-wicket win. Noske was rewarded for a fine effort with figures of 4-35. Jackson Noske bowls The loss leaves Ashton rooted in the relegation zone although they will take some comfort from their improved performance. They will hope to continue the improvement when they visit fellow strugglers Christleton in the next round of league games. Ashton’s 2nd XI lost their top of the table clash with Didsbury. Ashton 145 all out (Nigel Bellamy 4-23) Didsbury 151-4 (Tom Brady 63 not out). Both the 3rd XI and Women’s team lost.

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Charlie Eaton bowls and bats

Ashton on Mersey 1st XI 66 all out 18/06/23

Charlie Eaton bats Cheshire County Cricket League Div 2 Ashton on Mersey 1st XI 66 all out Lost to North East Cheshire 1st XI 320-3 Ashton crashed to another ignominious defeat with a woeful performance at North East Cheshire. Winning the toss and opting to bowl first on a pitch which promised to be challenging for any batsman, Ashton’s bowling attack totally failed to exploit the conditions. Rather than bowling a probing length to trouble the batsmen, a series of short and wide deliveries gifted runs from the start. To add to Ashton’s inept effort, when chances did come their way, they failed miserably to take them. Nine catches were dropped in what became a nightmare day for the visitors. The only bright spot came from teenager Charlie Eaton, making his first appearance for the 1st team this season, who showed his more experienced teammates how to bowl to get the most out of the conditions. North East batsmen Jayden Camp (147 not out) and Jake Reynolds (120) feasted on the offerings of the Ashton bowling, allowing the home side to declare at 320-3 off just 40 overs. If Ashton thought their day could not get worse, they were wrong. With the home bowlers simply using the abundant help that the pitch provided, they took two Ashton wickets in the first two balls of the innings. The remaining Ashton batting fell apart, with a real risk that they would be bowled out for an embarrassing  tiny total. But once again Charlie Eaton showed the application and skill lacking in the rest of the batting lineup to post a fine 41, being last man out with the score on 66. Charlie Eaton bowls Dave Oldfield finished with the remarkable figures of 5 wickets for 3 runs off 10 overs. Ashton are in deep trouble this season and can only hope that the return of some key players and an honest rethink from some of the so-called senior players will help rescue the year. The Ashton 2nd XI continued their fine season with a home win against Hale Barns. Ashton 227- 7 (Ryan Carey 54) Hale Barns 201 all out (S Jaiswal 111 not out).

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James Marshall bowls

Ashton on Mersey CC 1st XI 154 all out 10/06/23

James Marshall bowls Ashton on Mersey CC 1st XI 154 all out Lost to Hale Barns CC 1st XI 228 all out Ashton on Mersey’s recent progress came to a juddering halt as they fell to a heavy defeat at home to Hale Barns. Losing the toss and being asked to bowl first on a sweltering day, Ashton had early success as seamers James Marshall and Jackson Noske reduced the visitors to 35-4. But Sam Smith dug in to drag Hale Barns back into the game. Benefitting from Ashton’s inability to hold several acceptable chances, Smith put on a century partnership with James Guest as the Ashton attack struggled in the heat. But sticking to their task, the Ashton spin bowlers, Sam Thoburn, Aadam Ali and Mark Weighill made the breakthrough. Smith fell to Thoburn for a fine 86 and the Hale Barns tail failed to wag, with the innings subsiding to 228 all out. Marshall finished with 3-52 and Thoburn 3-64 and at the break Ashton would have been satisfied to have restricted the visitors’ effort with the bat. Things looked good for Ashton as their reply began with a 50 run opening partnership. But when Macca Hooton fell playing one shot too many, the Ashton effort unravelled. With spinner Joe Cooper taking complete control, Ashton’s batters meekly surrendered through a mixture of poor shot selection and a lack of application. There was a brief flicker of hope when Akash Patel  and Mark Weighill tried to take charge of the run chase, but when they fell the innings sputtered and died. Macca Hooton bats Cooper finished with figures of 7-61. This was another poor effort from an Ashton team that has shown signs of hope in the last couple of games. They remain in the relegation zone and need to shake themselves out of their slump when they travel to North East Cheshire for the next league game. By contrast the Ashton 2nd XI continued their fine season with a crushing victory at Warrington. Warrington 67 all out (Yousuf Bhamjee 4-11, Dave Corps 3-23) Ashton 69-1 (Farhan Ghous 45 not out) The Ashton 3rd XI fell to defeat at Grappenhall. Grappenhall 295 all out (Adam Heap 3-27) Ashton 145 all out (Omair Arif 3-32)

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Macca Hooton bats

Ashton on Mersey CC 1st XI 267-9 Drew 5/6/23

Macca Hooton bats Cheshire County Cricket League Div 2 Ashton on Mersey CC 1st XI 267-9 Drew with Bollington CC 1st XI 250-9 Ashton on Mersey continued their recovery from a poor start to the season, having the better of a high scoring draw with Bollington at The Beets. Losing the toss and being asked to bat first on a surface which had a touch of green, Ashton were soon in trouble as the opening bowlers reduced the home side to 16-3. But Macca Hooton stayed firm to lead Ashton’s counterattack. Supported by a sensible innings from Noman Ghous, Hooton played with freedom to take the total beyond 100 before Ghous departed. Hooton was joined by Akash Patel and between them they unleashed an assault on the Bollington bowling which saw Hooton cruise to a splendid century as the pair posted a 93-run partnership. Hooton finally fell for a superb 121, leaving Patel to lead the push for runs with the lower order. Patel eventually went for a well-made 72, after which the tail wagged to take the final Ashton score to an impressive 267. The bowling honours went to Toby Phipps, who finished with 5-79 In reply, Bollington’s opening bats started confidently with Harri Dickinson and Ross Duncan putting on a century partnership for the first wicket. The match turning moment came with the introduction of spinner Sam Thorburn, who removed both Dickinson and Duncan before troubling all the Bollington middle order. The visitors kept in the hunt with Theo Johnson hitting out at anything loose, but Ashton continued to chip away at the batting line up, with Mark Weighill grabbing 3 wickets with his spin. Ashton pushed for victory as the ninth wicket fell but on a pitch which had dried out into a fine batting surface, Bollington held on the prevent the home side from recording maximum points. Sam Thoburn bowls Thoburn was the clear star performer with the ball, finishing with 5-66. Ashton will be disappointed not to have grabbed the win, but they will have been satisfied to see a continued improvement to their performance, which they will hope to repeat when they welcome Hale Barns to the Beets in the next round of league matches. The Ashton 2nd XI stormed to a huge victory at Davenham. Ashton 244-3 dec (Farhan Ghous 100, Charlie Eaton 53 no, Asim Khan 50), Davenham 78 all out (Lee Heap 3-15, Yousuf Bhamjee 3-16). The Ashton 3rd XI made it a fine weekend by defeating Didsbury. Didsbury 195-9 (Will Wood 45, Mike Renison 41, Ben Brazendale 3-46) Ashton 197-6 (Saad Alam 71, Jack Prince 5-61).

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