Ashby Hastings Cricket Club 1st XI v Kibworth on Sat 28 Apr 2007 at 1:30pm
Match was Drawn Ashby 15pts Kibworth 11pts

Match report Ashby Hastings first game of the new season proved to be a high scoring thriller against last year’s Premier League Champions Kibworth at the Bath Grounds. Ashby, sponsored by John German Estate Agents, won the first toss of the new campaign and captain Johnny Sparks elected to bat on a wicket offering little to bowlers but plenty to batsmen.

The decision looked the correct one as Hasting’s opening partnership of Ashby stalwart Tom Yates and South African Import Byron Ovenstone capitalised on some lacklustre Kibworth bowling putting on 140 for the first wicket in 28 overs. Both batsmen looked comfortable at the crease latching onto anything loose from the champion’s bowling attack. In fact it took an unfortunate run out to split up the pair as Yates left Ovenstone stranded in the middle of the wicket as a mix-up ended the impressive innings of the 18 year old overseas player departing for 68.

Yates was joined at the crease by Adam Hoult (6) then Andy Burns (13) before finally falling LBW to a ball that kept low from Broughton for a tidy innings of 75. This brought Leicestershire star Daniel Rowe to the crease who kept the momentum of the innings going. Rowe showed off his first class credentials hitting a quick-fire 41.

At the end of the 50 overs, Ashby score stood at 269 for 8, Broughton the pick of the visitors bowlers returning figures of 4 for 47.

Without Hasting’s talismanic spearhead, Matt Ryan, lost to a knee injury midweek, the bowling pair of Daniel Rowe and Jimmy Neal set about defending the total. On a flat wicket the Kibworth opening pair of Hanger and Patel made good progress and showed that at the top level of Leicesteshire club cricket any loose deliveries get severely punished. With a required run rate of 5.38, the Kibworth batsmen looked untroubled by the Ashby attack at the mid innings drinks interval the total stood at 147 without loss.

It took captain Johnny Sparks to split the pair catching Hanger LBW for a well crafted 91 in the 30th over giving the home side a chink of light. Patel soon followed caught of the bowling of Jamie Colver who’s persistent line and length reaped deserving rewards. With the game still in the balance, Asbhy took another couple of quick wickets, Ferraby and Morgan giving Sparks 2 more scalps for 9 and 6 respectively. With 10 overs remaining Kibworth required 56 for victory and looked well set. But with the return of Rowe to complete his allowance of 14 overs and Neal, Kibworth found the going tough in the fading light and eventually fell 2 runs short of the Ashby total on 267 for 6 giving the home side a winning draw. Sparks the pick of the Ashby Bowlers with figures of 5 for 64.

Ashby Hastings Cricket Club 1st XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 8 wickets

(0.0 overs)
Byron Ovenstone Run out  68
Tom Yates Lbw  75
Adam Hoult Caught  6
Andy Burns Caught  13
Daniel Rowe Caught  41
Johnny Sparks Bowled  18
Ollie Hunt Lbw  9
Jamie Colver Lbw  0
Sam Carline Not Out  2
Jimmy Neal Not Out  5
Neil Harris  

Kibworth Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
No records to display.

Kibworth Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 6 wickets
267 (0.0 overs)

Ashby Hastings Cricket Club 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Jimmy Neal7.004100.005.86
Daniel Rowe14.005600.004.00
Jamie Colver14.0071171.005.07
Byron Ovenstone3.003000.0010.00
Johnny Sparks12.0068513.605.67

  • Umpire :
  • Scorer :
    E. Marriott