Hinckley Town v Ashby Hastings Cricket Club 1st XI on Sat 05 May 2007 at 1:30pm
Match was Drawn Ashby 16pts Hinckley Town 9pts

Match report Ashby Hastings travelled to Hinckley Town to build on their good start to their campaign in the Everards Leicestershire County Premier League on Saturday and an impressive display of ‘total’ cricket saw them take the lion’s share of the points in another closely fought contest.

Hastings, sponsored by Sedgwick Igoe, lost the toss and were asked to have first use of the facilities. Ashby soon lost springbok Byron Ovenstone in the fourth over to a sharp catch at point after the opener slashed hard at a wide half volley of the bowling of Clarke.
This brought in the ‘wire framed’ Sam Carline to the crease to join in-form Tom Yates and the pair consolidated the innings and set a solid base for the rest of the team to build on. A combination of classy stroke-making and good running between the wicket saw Yates and Carline put on 124 in 26 overs for the second wicket. Yates was bowled in the 30th over to a ball that kept low from left arm spinner Sinha for 67 bringing Andy Burns to the fray who made a breezy 35, Daniel Rowe (14) followed before Carline’s nuts and bolts innings came to a conclusion for 80 important runs. Hastings’ Powerhouse Ollie Hunt added 33 to proceedings with some audacious stroke-play bringing the visitor’s innings to close at 267 for 6 leaving Ashby the happier of the two teams at the interval.

The Hinckley innings got underway with the returning Matt Ryan joining Leicestershire’s Daniel Rowe as the new ball partnership. Both Ryan and Rowe bowled aggressively at batsmen Craven and Bawer but both seamers saw their efforts go un-rewarded. It took the ever-reliable Jamie Colver to make the first breakthrough taking the wicket of Craven, LBW for 28 with the second ball of his spell. Hinkley’s Sehn then joined the struggling Bawer and immediately accelerated the run rate, punishing any loose deliveries with ease. Jimmy Neal replaced Rowe from the pavilion end and when Matt Ryan caught a steepling ball to dismiss Sehn for 51 the game was nicely poised. Hinckley requiring just over a run a ball for the last 25 with 7 wickets remaining.

Neal and Colver then bowled unchanged for their allocation of 14 overs apiece. Colver ending with figures of 2-53 and Neal with 2-62, both bowlers ensuring that the run rate had crept up to 7.9 for the last 10. Hinckley’s batting pair of Shaw and Sperry upped the ante and started tearing into the Ashby bowling and the result looked far from certain. Matt Ryan returned at the football ground end and combined with an ill advised sight screen move immediately bowled Sperry for 29 to swing the match back in Hastings’ favour. Ryan continued to bowl tightly taking another quick wicket and when Daniel Rowe ran out Statham without facing in the 48th over the match was effectively over as a contest, the home team requiring 31 from the final 2 overs and decided to bat out for the draw. Shaw the pick of the home side’s batting for a gutsy 83 not out.

Ashby have now started the new season with two winning draws and have a home game against Leicester Ivanhoe in their next league encounter. Wickets pitched at 13:30 at the Bath Grounds.

Ashby Hastings Cricket Club 1st XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 6 wickets

(0.0 overs)
Byron Ovenstone Caught  11 1
Tom Yates Bowled  67
Sam Carline Caught  80
Andy Burns Caught  35
Daniel Rowe Bowled  14 1 1
Ollie Hunt Caught  33
Johnny Sparks Not Out  3 1
Jimmy Neal Not Out  0
Adam Hoult  
Matthew Ryan  
Jamie Colver  

Hinckley Town Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
No records to display.

Hinckley Town Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 7 wickets
245 (0.0 overs)

Ashby Hastings Cricket Club 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Matthew Ryan9.0045222.505.00
Daniel Rowe7.022800.004.00
Jamie Colver14.0053226.503.79
Jimmy Neal14.0262231.004.43
Johnny Sparks6.004900.008.17