Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Ashton rolls back the years for Kites side

PEPPARD STOKE ROW KITES’ captain Richard Ashton rolled back the years with the ball to help

PEPPARD STOKE ROW KITES’ captain Richard Ashton rolled back the years with the ball to help his side to a 27-run victory at TWYFORD AND RUSCOMBE on Sunday.

After electing to bat, Don Townsin helped the visitors make a steady start which received an injection of authority when the destructive Mark Lambert arrived at the crease.

The wicketkeeper-batsman smashed a rapid 79 which included seven sixes — three of them from the start of one over — and helped his side reach a competitive 167 all out.

The Twyford reply began in rapid order as opener Marc Teal utilised a short leg side boundary to smash 28 from one Gary Legg over, but the introduction of Rob Dyer accounted for the opener shortly afterwards.

Dyer (2-34) had Raj Singh superbly caught at short leg by Olly Nicholson, but with Peter Woodman (34) and the hard-hitting Pete Schofield (48) at the crease, Twyford looked certain for victory at 122-2.

A Yorker from Neeraj Sharma (3-32) removed Schofield, before Ashton rallied himself for a final spell of the season.

Finding reverse swing and bowling with tremendous pace, he turned the game with a devastating six-over burst of 4-8 which – aided by a run out by Charlie Laing – saw the hosts lose eight wickets for 18 runs as Twyford were dismissed for 140. The result capped a hugely successful season for the Kites, who won 24 of their 27 games, and for Peppard Stoke Row as a club.

All three adult league sides finished as runners-up, while the U19s made the quarter-finals of the Twenty20 Blast and pushed champions Slough closer than any other side when losing by three runs in the group stage.

The U15s were runners-up in the Western Division of the Berkshire Youth League before losing their play-offs semi-final by one run to Boyne Hill.

The U13s went unbeaten in winning the league section of their competition before losing to eventual champions Slough in their play-off semi-final, while also reaching the final of the county cup while the U11s were also unbeaten in the league before succumbing by just five runs to Slough in the play-offs. The two U9 sides finished third and fifth in the central division of the Berkshire Youth League, while the Sunday Maharajas notched up seven wins during the season.

Girls’ cricket was also added to Peppard Stoke Row’s portfolio during the summer, with the club hoping to add a fourth team by 2018.

l Anyone interested in joining the club as a senior player should contact chairman Gerry Bacon on 07785 771847 or as a junior, Andy Watts on 07884 931906.

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