Narborough & Littlethorpe v Ashby Hastings Cricket Club 1st XI on Sat 01 May 2004 at 2.00
Match was Drawn

Match report Ashby Hastings played away at Narborough and Littlethorpe in this weekend’s Everards League Division 2 clash.

With two games played in the 2004 season Ashby are finding it difficult to make it “happen” on the pitch. With heavy rain throughout the week a damp, soft wicket was the outcome with Ashby inviting Narborough to bat first.
Australian left arm pace bowler, Matt Ryan and former Atherstone Town captain Steve Sperry opened the bowling for Ashby. The pair bowled tightly with the Narborough score after 10 overs at 32 for no wicket. Light rain followed for the next 5 overs and Ryan and Sperry found it difficult to bowl at full pace as the wicket became more of an “ice ring”. 22 overs into the game and Ashby in control of the match with the Narborough score at 67 for 1 and Ryan claiming the wicket of opener Wolloff were forced to make unwanted changes. The umpire informed the Ashby Captain, Pettitt and his bowlers that they must bowl within the conditions. Pettitt was forced to make changes to the bowling with the safety of his bowlers being questioned this inevitably gave Narborough the initiative. Paul Fowler and Jamie Colver bowled off fewer paces that normal and took the pace out of the Ashby bowling attack. Narborough’s batsmen began to punish anything that wasn’t on the stumps with Mick Whitmore showing his batting pedigree for Narborough, although Sperry did have a “plum” lbw appeal turned down by the umpire in Whitmore’s early innings and Colver finding a “thick” edge that was caught by wicketkeeper Sladen again fell on the umpires deaf ears. Whitmore went on to complete his century backed up by the other Narborough batsmen and they finished on 205 for 4.

Ashby’s reply started strongly with the returning Ben Evans opening the batting for the injured Tom Yates who injured his finger, fielding. Evans found gaps in the field and looked in his own words a “million dollars” being supported by Adam Hoult. Ashby’s good start soon disappeared with Evans and Hoult trying to run more than they could and Evans was run out for 22. Tom Yates decided his injured finger was ok and came in at 3. Yet Ashby’s day was summed up when Yates had a delivery that jumped at him and he could do nothing about and was caught at slip after only just arriving at the crease. There wasn’t any other ball in the match that popped like the one Yates received. Hoult (6) was soon to follow Yates back to the pavilion and it was left to the inform Steve Sperry and another returning player Matt Joyce to steady the Ashby batting. After 23 over Ashby were 73 for 3 and back with Sperry and Joyce looking solid. Joyce was bowled and Ashby’s batting struggled to find the gaps and began to fall below the asked run rate. Sperry and Pettitt decided that they need to be on 150 after 35 overs to give Ashby a fighting chance. Sperry (35) and Pettitt (12) were both caught and Ashby then had to bat for the draw with 166 the target for an extra batting point. Ashby didn’t reach the target and were left with Paul Fowler (5) and Jamie Colver (13) to see out the last over and deny Narborough a win. Ashby finishing well short of Narborough’s total on 156 for 9.

Ashby Hastings Cricket Club 1st XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 9 wickets

(0.0 overs)
Ben Evans Run out  22 1
Adam Hoult Caught  6 1
Tom Yates Caught  0
Steve Sperry Caught  35
Matthew Joyce Bowled  19
Alistair Pettitt Caught  12
Roger Ikin Bowled  9
Mark Sladen Lbw  3
Jamie Colver Not Out  13
Matthew Ryan Caught  10
Paul Fowler Not Out  5

Narborough & Littlethorpe Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
No records to display.

Narborough & Littlethorpe Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 4 wickets
205 (0.0 overs)

Ashby Hastings Cricket Club 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Matthew Ryan10.0328128.002.80
Steve Sperry11.003000.002.73
Paul Fowler13.0263231.504.85
Jamie Colver11.0070170.006.36

  • Umpire :
  • Scorer :
    Emily Marriott