Broughton Astley v Ashby Hastings Cricket Club 3rd XI on Sat 03 May 2014 at 1.30pm
Ashby Hastings Cricket Club Won Ashby 30pts Broughton Astley 6pts

Match report An interesting game where the opposition made it perfectly clear from ball one that they were not used to playing against "kids" and also that they had no idea why they had been placed in division 7 West, as they were much better than that....... Er, read on.......

Ashby won the toss and chose to bat on a wicket that didn't look too bad, unlike the rest of the square which was about 3 inches long and an outfield that looked like Ashby Town Council had mowed it!!! After a decent start Ben Evans was adjudged LBW, the more sceptical amongst us thought that after a look at last weeks scorebook and having seen that he got a ton, the opposition worked on the basis that if they appeal for everything that hit his pads then sooner or later he would be given out. They did and he was! Anyway, Ashby's "kids" dug in and showed some grit and determination to move the score along steadily with Kieron Ward and Josh Ellwood growing in confidence with every over. When Ellwood was out for a swashbuckling 25 Doleman creaked to the crease to try and prove that winter nets are over rated. This he did rather well, with the normal array of shots all around the field, honest! The return of Broughton's opening pair did nothing to arrest the run rate as the young "quickie" was dispatched to the boundary repeatedly as he sprayed the ball all over the shop whilst trying to dig it in short to Doleman - DONT BOWL THERE!! The innings closed with Ashby on 153 for 9 with Doleman unbeaten on 50 and young Mark Deakin proving that although an in depth knowledge of Leicestershire's rugby grounds may be useful, it does nothing to help your batting style!

Broughton's innings started steadily as the young pair of Keiron Ward and Henry Legg opened up. In his first bowl in senior cricket Ward showed great control and went for only 9 runs in his opening spell of 6 overs, taking a wicket in his 5th over (remember readers, that Broughton aren't used to playing against "kids" and have no idea why they are in this division) Legg also bowled well and after making the breakthrough in the 8th over he took another wicket in the 14th over to leave Broughton on 47 for 3. The forced bowling change (because they are "kids" remember) saw David Evans and "old boy" Pitchers join the action. Pitchers struck almost immediately and after Evans had settled down, he too struck, taking 2 wickets in 2 overs, the first being a catch by Doleman who didn't have to move an inch as he took a well hit drive on the ropes at long on. The second also a catch by Doleman back peddling at mid on. This left Broughton reeling at 76 for 6 and contemplating the unthinkable of losing to "kids".

Doleman's abacus skills were in tatters as he tried to bring Henry Legg back into the attack only to be told by the umpire that he had to wait one more over to do so (rule to stop "kids" getting burnt out) So, he turned to Will, the youngest of the Legg trio. Will bowled 5 mighty fine overs for a mere 13 runs, (remember Broughton he is 12 years old) ably supported by the substantially older Pitchers at he other end. The frustrated batsmen were forced into taking more risks and this resulted in an unlikely run out by Doleman (he's got a cannon! not) who "fired" the ball in over the stumps from long off for Will Legg to whip off the bails. 106 for 8 !

Henry Legg and Ward returned to the attack and again kept the runs down with Ward finishing his 12 overs taking 1 for only 26 runs (not bad for a "kid") Legg took the 9th wicket with the score at 124 and a tense end was in prospect as opening bat Holliday was joined at the wicket by a man wearing bright green boxers on top of his whites. I kid you not! Pitchers returned to the attack and it was obvious that Broughton had no intentions of losing to a bunch of kids. Holliday and "Boxer Man" took 10 runs off the next 2 overs as they chased down the Ashby total of 153 but with the game evenly poised and the score at 134, Pitchers got Holliday to chase one outside off stump and he spooned it up into the air towards point. Was anyone under it?..................... yes, oh no, a "kid" and the youngest one at that, 12 year old Will Legg. After what seemed like an eternity the ball dropped safely into Will's hands and the game was over, just like this match report!

Did I mention that Broughton are not used to playing against "kid's" and they have no idea why they are in this division.

By the way, Winter Nets are over rated!

Ashby Hastings Cricket Club 3rd XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 9 wickets

(45.0 overs)
Ben Evans Lbw  21
David Evans Bowled  5
Rafe Legg Bowled  0
kieron Ward Caught  15
Nathan Phillips Bowled  5
Joshua Ellwood Caught  25 1
Henry Legg Stumped  11
Rob Doleman Not Out  50 2 1
Neil Pitchers Bowled  0
William Legg Bowled  2 1
Mark Deakin Not Out  3

Broughton Astley Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
No records to display.

Broughton Astley Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 10 wickets
134 (41.5 overs)

Ashby Hastings Cricket Club 3rd XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
kieron Ward12.0226126.002.17
Henry Legg10.0234311.333.40
David Evans7.022337.673.29
Neil Pitchers7.5231215.503.96
William Legg5.001300.002.60