The Astons Cricket Club started life in 1985 as the pub side for ‘The Boot Public House’ in Aston Upthorpe, but shortly after it became the village club. The pub no longer exists – but the club certainly does!
We are a friendly cricket club that plays every Sunday over the summer (14:30 start). Our membership is of varying ages and abilities that complement each other both on and off the pitch, and our annual tours are the stuff of legend! To visit The Astons Cricket Club external website for more information - and loads of pictures - please Click here
SEE BELOW for how we coped, and indeed triumphed, in 2020.
The Astons 2020 Summer of Cricket : triumph over adversity
As with nearly every aspect of life, cricket in the Astons was thrown into disarray with the arrival of covid and subsequent lockdown this summer, as a daunting prospect of an English summer with no cricket loomed over the village. As it transpired, lockdown turned out to have a huge silver lining in terms of grassroots sports.
With everyone stuck at home, no longer commuting to the office or school, and very little to do in the evenings or weekends, suddenly there was an unexpected uptake in local community sport. With the resurrection of the cricket practice nets at the recreation ground, villagers young and old were able to turn their socially distanced arm over and swing the disinfected willow, to give people a small sense of normality.
Then in early July, we got the news we were waiting for – we were allowed to play competitive fixtures again, albeit with numerous limitations to minimise the risk of infection, including the tragic loss of the cricket tea! (For some, the only reason people play cricket) At this point, the village cricket club sprang into action, organising midweek and Sunday fixtures to ensure that everyone who wanted to play cricket got plenty of opportunities
Highlights of the summer included the inaugural Aston Eights 8-a-side competition which was a big success, a hugely enjoyable double wicket (pairs) competition, and plenty of exciting cricket, including a six off the last ball to win against local rivals North Moreton. The biggest highlight of the summer, though, was the new faces who got involved in the club for the first time. Overseas signing Dean Bayes and Moulsford’s finest, Mr Springer, were welcome additions both on and off the pitch, but it was the involvement of a number of youngsters from the village that was the most welcome sight. The likes of Fin Sheedy, Thomas Holburn, Ollie Perkins, Oscar Phelps and Billy Vallings all made excellent starts to their Astons CC careers, and hopefully they be back again in 2021 to continue their cricketing careers in the village.
Despite the truncated nature of the season, this was arguably the most successful and enjoyable season in the history of the club, partly down to the increased interest in village cricket, and partly down to a greater appreciation of the small things in life, namely good sport, good company, and a beautiful village setting.
The season ended off on November 27th with a Zoom Awards Night to reminisce and celebrate what was an excellent, if unusual, season.
Thanks again to all those that supported the club throughout the summer - especially Dave, Becky and Albie at the Fat Frog, all our Honorary Vice-Presidents, and our sponsor, Scotlands Ash Garage.
Lockdown permitting, we are looking to organise some fun indoor cricket games over winter, so if you might be interested, please get in contact.
Cheers, Ralph Smith. firstname.lastname@example.org 07340346511
"You have two sides, one out in the field and one in. Each man that's in the side that's in goes out, and when he's out he comes in, and the next man goes in until he's out. When they are all out, the side that's out comes in, and the side that's been in goes out, and tries to get out those coming in. Sometimes you get men still in and not out. When both sides have been in and out, including the not outs, the winner is declared.....if there is one!"