Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Frost’s century in vain for Kidmore

OPENING batsman James Frost hit a century for visitors KIDMORE END as they drew at ASTON

OPENING batsman James Frost hit a century for visitors KIDMORE END as they drew at ASTON ROWANT on Sunday.

Visiting skipper Guy Ashby won the toss and elected to bat on a good batting pitch. Kidmore started off slowly as Chris Pigden and Frost had to battle with some accurate slow swing bowling of junior club player W Senior and the hostile bowling of the fast G Harris.

Eventually Pigden fell to a fast swinging Yorker leaving the score at 12-1 after seven overs. Matt Stevens quickly got into his stride playing some fine shots off the back foot as he scored a brisk 20 off 29 balls but his good form was cut short by a flighty delivery from Lindsey Smith who had Stevens stumped a long way down the pitch.

In the meantime Frost kept the scoreboard ticking over and had three short partnerships with Patey, Chapman and Corbett which slowed the scoring before he found a solid partner with in Guy Ashby. The pair put on 100 runs in the next 70 deliveries, Ashby contributed 50 runs in the partnership from 39 balls whilst Frost scored 43 from 38.

This well-paced combination eased the score up to 203, by which time Frost scored his maiden century for Kidmore End, 105 from 125 balls in two-and-a-half hours with 15 fours while Ashby scored 53 from 43 balls in 55 minutes striking eight fours and a six as Kidmore declared on 206-7.

Frost opened the bowling, striking early to remove Harris and then Simpson to give him figures of 7-2-27-2. He was well supported by Todd Butler whose figures did not reflect the number of time he almost removed Aston Rowant batsman B Knowler.

Despite surviving some close calls early in his innings Knowler went on to make 90 from 85 deliveries striking many boundaries down the ground.

As the time passed 6pm 20 overs were declared, as is the custom in a timed game and Ashby turned to his two spin bowlers Matt Stevens and himself.

The pitch did not take much turn making it tricky for the bowlers as Luxford and Knowler were up to the challenge. No breakthrough could be obtained until debutant keeper Woody Chapman took a smart catch off the bottom edge of the bat when Knowler went to cut one too many.

Stevens and Ashby started to apply pressure as they took two wickets between them. With one over to go a draw seemed the most probable result, with 22 needed off the last over or five wickets to allow either side to win. It was at this point 15-year-old keeper batsman Shaw went on the offensive scoring 18 off the last over but it was not enough as the match ended all square.

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