Ashton on Mersey Cricket Club

Ashton on Mersey Cricket Club

Author name: Ian Roberts

Fraser Hay on his way to a five wicket haul.

Ashton on Mersey cc 1st XI 131 all out

Lost to Bollington CC 1st XI 133-7 Cheshire County Cricket League Division 2 Fraser Hay on his way to a five wicket haul. Ashton fell to defeat in a low scoring, hard fought game against Bollington at The Beets. Losing what proved to be a crucial toss, Ashton were asked to bat first on a track which offered plenty of help to the bowlers. Three early wickets put Ashton on the back foot, but the reliable Hugh Gibbons and skipper James Marshall steadied the ship as Ashton rebuilt. When Gibbons went playing one shot too many, Marshall and Sam Kingsman-Ali took the score to a respectable level. But the tail failed to fire and Ashton would have been disappointed with their effort of 131 all out. The Bollington bowlers made the most of the conditions with three wickets apiece for George Lomas and Aldo Palazzo. In reply Bollington struggled to come to terms with the conditions and with Fraser Hay bowling a splendid opening spell, the visitors were reduced to 74 -7 as Ashton sniffed victory. But Harri Dickinson and Muhammad Kashif dug in to provide the match winning partnership. Playing cautiously whilst having a eye for anything loose, the pair put on an unbeaten 50 run partnership to see Bollington over the line. Hay’s figures of 5-26 were well deserved albeit in a losing cause. Ashton will need to find some winning cricket over the next few weeks, starting next week when they visit Haslington. Ashton’s 2nd XI came up well short on their trip to table topping Upton. Upton 251-8 (Joe Green 61, Ayush Chakrabarti 4-47) Ashton 53 all out (Graeme Keenan 5-8) Ashton’s 3rd team also lost, away at Hyde. Ashton 109 all out (George Rothwell 4-26) Hyde 111-1 (Zaeem Arshad 65 no) Lee Brooks takes a fine catch

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Mark Weighill bowls

Ashton on Mersey CC 1st XI 137 all out

Cheshire County Cricket League Div 2 Ashton on Mersey CC 1st XI 137 all out Lost to NE Cheshire CC 1st XI 228-8 Mark Weighill bowls Ashton fell to defeat on the road at North East Cheshire, as their batting failed to chase down a challenging target. Choosing to bowl first, Ashton found home openers Daniel Williams (50) and James Banner (59) in fine form. North East batted well throughout as they punished anything loose delivered by the Ashton bowlers. Whilst wickets fell at regular intervals, the runs kept coming, with Jake Reynolds hitting a half century at better than a run a ball.   Spinner Mark Weighill emerged with the best figures (5 for 61) and Ashton never allowed the innings to truly get away from them. But they knew that the run chase would not be easy, particularly as they were missing several top order batters. And so it proved, as early wickets put Ashton on the back foot. Whilst skipper James Marshall and Sam Kingsman-Ali both showed sparks of a fightback, a mixture of decent bowling and some poor shot selection saw Ashton slump to 137 all out. Toby Carson took the bowling honours with 5-24. This was a second consecutive loss for Ashton who will need to get back on track in the coming weeks to ensure that their season meets its early promise. The Ashton 2nd XI lost their game against Oulton Park at The Beets. Ashton 148 all out (Mark Duncan 48 not out, Damian Barton 6-39) Oulton Park 151-4 (Ben Kettle 60) The 3rd XI lost a low scoring game against Bowdon. Bowdon 97 all out ( Adam Heap 4-34) Ashton 66 all out (Anay Deshpande 4-13) Sam Kingsman-Ali bats

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Charlie Eaton bowls

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Cheshire County Cricket League Division 2 Ashton on Mersey CC 1st XI 109 all out Lost to Cheadle Hulme CC 1st XI 315 -6 Charlie Eaton bowls Ashton were well beaten at Cheadle Hulme as the home side produced a dominant batting display to enhance their promotion prospects. Choosing to bat first, Cheadle Hulme shook off the early loss of opener Rhys Collister as Veteran Adam Wilde and overseas player Ashton Muir came together to record a 200 run partnership for the second wicket. Muir rode some early luck whilst attacking the bowling at every opportunity. The Ashton bowling did not wilt under the onslaught but there was little anyone could have done to stop Muir in this mood. Charlie Eaton eventually removed Wilde for a fine 67, but Muir pressed on to his well-deserved century. Muir eventually fell, caught in the deep hitting out, for 143 made off just 110 balls. With Sam Bright (55) and Aayush Singh Slathia energetically adding runs in the final overs, Ashton were left with a mammoth total to try and chase. Ashton’s effort stalled before it began, with Hugh Gibbons and Mike Roberts falling for ducks to Scott Howarth in the first over. Whilst Fraser Hay, Dave Patterson and Tom Scott battled hard, the result was never in doubt. With Scott having to retire injured, the innings spluttered to an end with just over 100 on the board. This was a harsh lesson for Ashton but they deserve credit for sticking to the task in the field and they will write this off as a day when they came up against a fine batsman whose day it was. Ashton’s 2nd XI also fell to defeat, against Urmston at The Beets. Urmston 219-8 (Jamie Cotton 56, Yousuf Bhamjee 3-54) Ashton 118 all out (Richard Partington 7-41) Ashton’s 3rd XI went down to defeat against Ashley. Ashley 177-5 (Mohammad Kamran 67) Ashton 48 all out (Rory Wilkinson 5-24) Fraser Hay bats

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Kris Green bowls

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Cheshire County Cricket League Division 2 Ashton on Mersey CC 1st XI 231-5 Beat Alvanley CC 1st XI 229-7 Kris Green bowls Ashton recorded an excellent victory as they fought off the challenge of Alvanley in a fine game of cricket at The Beets. On a near perfect summer’s day, Ashton invited the visitors to bat first on what promised to be a fine batting track which would get even better during the day. Opening bowers Fraser Hay and Kris Green bowled well with little luck as Mike Rowlands and Stephen Charles put on 50 for the first wicket. The introduction of Charlie Eaton saw the breakthrough, as he dislodged Rowlands, taking a second wicket in his next over.  Ashton wobbled in the field with a number of dropped chances, but Jack Cumersdale clung onto a caught and bowled to remove veteran Andy Bennion. Spinner Zaheer Khan made the next breakthrough, removing Charles for a fine 53, but the Alvanley lower order kept pressing to move their score past 200. The final total of 229 was perhaps par for the day. Khan finished with well deserved figures of 3-48. In reply Ashton started steadily with Hugh Gibbons and Macca Hooton combating Alvanley’s  fine opening attack of  Chris Charles and Ieuan Morris. When Hooton fell, Gibbons was joined by Mike Roberts and together they built a 75 run partnership which moved the game Ashton’s way.  When they fell (Gibbons for a well made 58) Hay and Tom Scott took up the challenge and the victory target came into sight. Scott fell on the home straight but Hay hit the winning runs to finish unbeaten on 57. This was a superb game of cricket between two fine teams, played in a good spirit. Ashton will be very satisfied to have got the win, which moves them up to 5th in the table ahead of next week’s trip to Cheadle Hulme. Ashton’s 2nd XI went down to defeat at Maritime. Maritime 230 all out, Ashton 97 all out. The 3rd XI also lost at Bramhall. Ashton 165 all out (Steve Mckinney 66) Bramhall 168-2 (Josh Patel 101 not out­) Mike Roberts bats

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James Marshall

Ashton on Mersey CC 1st XI 104 all out

Cheshire County Cricket League Division 2 Ashton on Mersey CC 1st XI 104 all out Lost to Maritime CC 1st XI 110 -2 James Marshall Batting Ashton on Mersey fell to defeat on a farcical day at promotion chasing Maritime. Heavy morning rain had left the ground sodden, with muddy areas across the square and the outfield. The pitch was water damaged and prospects for play looked slim as rain continued on and off through the day. But the home side worked hard to try and get the ground playable and their efforts should be applauded. Despite their work, the ground remained treacherously soft. Remarkably, the umpires deemed the ground fit for play at just before 5pm, with both sides allocated 24 overs each to bat. Ashton were asked to bat first on a pitch which still showed signs of the water damage, and it soon became clear that this was no surface for stroke makers, as the ball stopped and cut on a deck that could not be trusted. Runs only came through hitting out and hoping for the best. Skipper James Marshall led the way with a fighting 36, but the rest of the strong Ashton batting line up was neutralised by the conditions and a lack of luck as aerial shots went straight to fielders who would have struggled to make ground had they needed to move. Some tail order hitting by Kris Green got the score above 100 and the fact that only he and Marshall reached double figures shows the impact of the conditions. In reply, the Ashton bowling was hindered by the wet run ups. The normally potent seam attack of Marshall and Fraser Hay needed a firm footing to perform as they can, and this was denied them by the conditions. The Maritime attack, based on spin and medium pace had been  less hampered by the conditions, which may, no doubt, have influenced their enthusiasm to play. Despite some early wickets the result was never in doubt as the Maritime batters hit out to win the game easily, with a rapid 50 from Kankanange. This game should never have been played. Fielders could not run and it was only by luck that no-one was injured. Whilst the desire to get a game on is admirable, allowing a game to proceed as a reward for efforts at “mopping up” when the ground remained unfit for play was a dreadful error. Ashton’s 2nd XI lost to Congleton at The Beets in another game impacted (although much less so) by the weather. Congleton 173-8 (Stephan Stubbs 64, Ayush Chakrabati 5-31)  Ashton 128 all out (Owen Lees 4-25). Kris Green

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Hugh Gibbons hits out

Ashton on Mersey CC 1st XI 212-4

Ashton on Mersey CC 1st XI 212-4 Beat Congleton CC 1st XI 211-8 Cheshire County Cricket League Division 2 Hugh Gibbons hits out Ashton on Mersey recorded a fine win over Congleton thanks to an excellent batting performance at The Beets. Losing the toss and being asked to bowl first, Ashton did well to restrict the early efforts of Congleton, with James Marshall in particular delivering an exceptional opening spell. Whilst several of the visitors’ batters got starts, none of them could go on to make an innings-defining score. Spinner Zaheer Khan snuffed out any attempt to accelerate the run rate, finishing with well-deserved figures of 4-32. Backed up by some fine work in the field, Ashton had Congleton on the ropes, before Jayden Armstrong and John Copeland came together to provide the visitors with some hope. Chancing their arm, the pair hit out to take the score beyond 200, leaving Ashton with a batting challenge to confront. Ashton’s reply began steadily with Macca Hooton and debutant Hugh Gibbons putting on 45 for the first wicket before Hooton fell. Gibbons was joined by Mike Roberts and the pair worked together to create the basis of victory for the home side. With both batters playing steady cricket, whilst pouncing on anything loose, they put on 136 for the 2nd wicket, before Roberts was dismissed for an invaluable 43. The excellent Gibbons, who had been the leader of the partnership with Roberts, posted a superb century before departing with the winning post in sight. Ashton got over the line with 4 overs to spare for the loss of 4 wickets. Gibbons’ excellent performance allowed Ashton to move up the table and they will be looking forward to the challenge of travelling to promotion-chasing Maritime in the next round of league games. Ashton’s 2nd XI made it another double winning Saturday as they overcame Stockport CC. Ashton 161-9 (James Newton 33) Stockport 108 all out (Qand Agha 52 not out, Kris Green 4-20). Gibbons celebrates his century

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Fraser Hay takes the first of his seven wickets

Ashton on Mersey CC 1st XI 22-0

Ashton on Mersey CC 1st XI 22-0 Beat Stockport CC 1st XI 18 all out Cheshire County Cricket League Division 2 Fraser Hay takes the first of his seven wickets Ashton on Mersey recorded one of the most astounding victories in their long history, bowling out Stockport for just 18 runs in their clash at Cale Green. With the home side winning the toss and opting to bat first, hopes of a steady start were dashed as Fraser Hay and James Marshall bowled a superb new ball spell to destroy Stockport’s batting line up. With hardly a loose ball in sight, Hay and Marshall delivered a constantly stump-threatening challenge to the home batters who had no answer to the questions asked. Hay in particular found movement both in the air and off the pitch, as ball after ball threatened a wicket. None of the Stockport batters got into double figures with 9 of the 10 wickets to fall being either bowled or lbw. Hay finished with figures of 7 wickets for 8 runs, with Marshall posting 3 for 9. Ashton knocked off the paltry target without loss within 4 overs. Days like this are rare indeed and Ashton will long remember the quality of the bowling delivered by Hay and Marshall. The win moves Ashton into mid-table with hopes of greater things to come. Ashton’s 2nd XI made it a double winning Saturday as they cruised to victory over Port Sunlight at The Beets. Port Sunlight 193-9 (Micheal Graham 76, Henry Jones 45, Kris Green 5-41) Ashton 194-7 (Charlie Eaton 41, Matt Rhind 37, Ryan Kearney 3-50)  Ashton’s 3rd XI fell to defeat to near neighbours Trafford MV. Ashton 159-5 (Charlie Eaton 52, Max Lilley 51) MV 161-3 (Shivaji Janasalay 76 not out, Shashi Chandrashekaraiah 53 not out) Fraser Hay and James Marshall celebrate their outstanding bowling

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Fraser Hay

Ashton on Mersey CC 1st XI 180-9

Ashton on Mersey CC 1st XI 180-9 Lost to Port Sunlight CC 1st XI 195-9 Cheshire County Cricket League Division 2 Fraser Hay Bowling Ashton went down to a narrow defeat against table topping Port Sunlight in a fine game of cricket at The Beets. Choosing to bowl first Ashton had early success as Fraser Hay and Charlie Eaton produced another fine new ball spell. With runs hard to come by the visitors were grateful to Lewis Davies who dug in to provide a stable base from which Port Sunlight could rebuild. With the middle order batting launching a counterattack through Simon Melberzs, Keelan Metzer and Wayne Greve, the Sunlight score rose to a competitive total. Melberzs fell for 44, but Davies carried his bat for a solid and invaluable 73 as Sunlight reached 195 off their 50 overs. Hay posted fine and deserved figures of 4-23 with spinner Mark Weighill picking up late wickets to finish with 3-29. In reply Ashton lost both openers early, but James Newton and Dave Patterson built a platform for the run chase. When they went, Hay took up the challenge with a well judged batting effort, but the rest of the Ashton middle order failed to fire. With three wickets falling for the addition of only one run Ashton were on the back foot, but Hay and Weighill maintained hope as they kept the required run rate within sight. But when Hay was caught for 43, Weighill and the tail could not quite keep up the momentum required. In the end the home team fell 15 runs short. Martin Naylor took the bowling honours with 4-26. This was a fine advert for the game and Ashton will be looking to turn good performances into wins over the coming weeks. Ashton 2nd XI lost on their travels at Romiley. Romiley 133-8 (Lee Heap 3-19, Max Lilley 3-33) Ashton 119 all out (Peter Stuart 4-17, Ethan Turner 3-19) Fraser Hay Batting

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Sam Thorburn bowls

Ashton on Mersey CC 1st XI 151 all out

Ashton on Mersey CC 1st XI 151 all out Lost to Ashley CC 1st XI 253 all out Pictured: Sam Thorburn bowls Ashton on Mersey fell to a heavy home defeat on a day when the quality of the visitors’ batting was the decisive factor. Opting to bowl first on a pitch which promised a degree of early assistance, Ashton’s opening attack of Fraser Hay and Charlie Eaton each produced fine spells which removed both Ashley openers. With Zaheer Khan and James Marshall picking up a wicket apiece, Ashley were struggling at 52-4 before Ammad Mushtaq and Jahangir Mushtaq came together to move the game decisively in the visitors’ favour. The introduction of leg spinner Sam Thoburn removed Ammad for a fine 50, but Jahangir continued to press the accelerator, taking advantage of anything loose from the home bowling. Ashton stuck to the task, but this was Jahangir’s day. When he finally fell to Thoburn for 115, he had taken Ashley to a strong position, and despite Thoburn mopping up the tail to finish with 4-54, Ashley’s total of 253 was a formidable target. In reply Ashton lost early wickets and despite a battling 80 from Macca Hooton, the home side never looked like getting close to the required total. With help from James Newton (29) and Marshall (26no), Ashton reached the 150 mark, but the inevitable defeat came in the 36th over. Ashton will look back on the match with mixed feelings. Several players were carrying injuries which impacted to a degree on the performance, but they will regret the number of loose balls bowled to batters well equipped to take advantage of those offerings and will feel that better application from a number of their own batters would have produced a closer game. They will be looking to get back on track next week against table-topping Port Sunlight. Ashton’s 2nd XI recorded a fine win away at Neston. Neston 144 all out (Rafay Qazi 4-33 Max Lilley 3-14) Ashton 145-8 (Ragesh Nair 41, Yousuf Bhamjee 40 no) Ashton’s 3rd XI also won their game against Romiley thanks to a great bowling performance by Imran Sadiq. Romiley 87 all out (Sadiq 7-6) Ashton 91-5 (Zach Roberts 43 no) Ashton’s Womens XI who play in a combined team with Woodley CC fell to defeat against Didsbury. Didsbury 144-7, Ashton/Woodley 119-8. Macca Hooton bats

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Fraser Hay bowls

Ashton on Mersey CC 1st XI 229-4

Beat Mobberley CC 1st XI 226 – 9 Fraser Hay bowls Ashton on Mersey recorded their first win of the season on a run-soaked day at Mobberley. With the home side winning the toss and choosing to bat first, the Ashton attack did well to limit the batters’ early efforts. Fraser Hay and Charlie Eaton bowled excellently to limit the damage threatened by the aggressive Mobberley top order, with Zaheer Khan (2-17) spinning through a tight ten overs to prevent any acceleration. But with Chris Turner playing an anchor role in the middle order and with the tail hitting out to good effect, Mobberley turned the game in their favour, finishing on a more than respectable 226. Hay finished with fine figures of 3-56. Turner remained unbeaten on 54, but unfortunately became unwell at the break and was taken to hospital. Our best wishes go to him for a full and speedy recovery. In reply Ashton lost an early wicket and there were fears that the fragile batting of previous weeks might be returning. But what followed was a batting masterclass from Mike Roberts who dominated the Ashton response. Playing with calm authority, Roberts was untroubled by the Mobberley attack, playing watchfully when needed whilst taking advantage of anything loose. Roberts brought up a bright 50 and then accelerated to shift the momentum fully in Ashton’s favour. Even a muscle strain which limited his movement could not stall Roberts in this mood. His hundred came up with one of the 5 sixes he hit during his innings, and he completed the task finishing the match on 120 not out, off just 129 balls. This was one of the best innings seen by an Ashton player in recent years and the win was exactly what the team needed to get their season underway. The Ashton 2nd XI fell short in a low scoring game at The Beets against Warrington. Ashton 57 all out (Tarique 4-14, Swarn Sandhu 4-19) Warrington 58-7 (Yousuf Bhamjee 3-7, Ryan Carey 3-20). The Ashton 3s fell foul to the weather but not before fine bowling efforts by young players Zach Roberts (4-27) and Adam Heap (4-38) helped Ashton bowl out Hyde for 163. The Ashton reply had only just begun when a thunderstorm wiped out play for the day. Mike Roberts bats

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