As published in the Village Venture October 2015:
Dear loyal readers of the Village Venture,
The purpose of this article is to bring to your attention the sterling work being done by Aisthorpe Cricket Club. During 2015 Aisthorpe CC has been celebrating its 120th year in existence. It has been something of a Renaissance for the team with renewed interest in its history.
Founded in 1895, Aisthorpe CC has certainly experienced its fair share of World events. After a less than auspicious start to its life, beginning on a losing streak, which it found hard to recover from, it took a necessary break in 1914, not to return in any form until 1932. 1939
was its last reference in the Lincolnshire Echo, until it was resurrected again in 1946, thanks to the efforts of Dr Monteith at Aisthorpe Hall.
Records are sketchy at best - especially if one relies on the testimonies of those still alive who remember the ‘old days’ - but it must be assumed that the activities of Aisthorpe CC continued unabated until 2002 when online records began. We know that in the late 1970s leading into the early 1990s, Aisthorpe comprised two teams – a 1st and a 2nd XI. The pavilion still stands (just), and contains many a trophy commemorating achievements of the past; and they were plentiful. If the old guard had not thrown the majority of their silverware away during numerous ‘spring cleans’, the pavilion would be so full of them you would barely have had room to store a stump! During the 1960s and 1970s Aisthorpe were often winning the League, and Major Hoult Division One Trophies. It was a far cry from the early days at the turn of the century when the team could barely reach 30 all out!
So what of the present Aisthorpe Cricket team – how are they fairing?
I was told recently that the prerequisite for being a successful Cricket captain was to get eleven players onto the field. (There was no mention of ever taking them off). The Aisthorpe captain, Ben Franklin, has achieved that every match this season, which according to that
prerequisite, makes him the most successful Aisthorpe Cricket captain since G.S. Barton (who gave up the captaincy in 1911, receiving a smoking cabinet in recognition of his “splendid and untiring service” – a bottle of Prosecco coming your way, BF). Under Ben’s captaincy (since 2013) Aisthorpe has seen a resurgence in its fortunes, reflected in its season statistics of 11 won, 5 lost (three of which were against the same team – Ancaster).
Many of the accolades must surely go to star all-rounder Harry Wells, who has completed his second season for the club. Harry contributed almost a quarter of the team’s runs this season, and has taken a third of the wickets. He is also the top scorer, with 96 against Carholme, and his season began with a match-winning spell of 6 for 11 off 7.1 overs (and for those of you who don’t understand Cricket – that’s good!).
Wells, however, is in second place both for batting and bowling, behind the two stalwarts of Aisthorpe Cricket, Michael Reynolds and Christopher Hayes.
Mickey Reynolds has been playing for Aisthorpe longer than he wants to remember (since maybe the late 1980s). He has the highest batting average this season (35) and has scored 455 runs – a quarter of the team’s runs. As well as opening the batting, Mickey is Aisthorpe’s wicket keeper – a feat not accomplished since Alec Stewart bowed out of international Cricket in 2003. His 16 catches this season are the most he has ever taken in one season, and they bring his career tally (since 2002 anyway) to 86 catches from 125 games. Since 2002, Mickey has scored 3455 runs at an average of 31.13 with a high score of 115 not out, which he made against Market Rasen in 2011.
Chris Hayes has been playing for Aisthorpe since 2008. In his career he has “sent down” 558 overs and collected 157 wickets at an average of 14.09 (again – that’s good!). He has taken almost a third of Aisthorpe’s wickets. This season brought his best perform- ance so far – 7 for 42 off 9 overs against Hougham & Marston. Chris is also a very useful lower-middle order batsman and has often shored-up the innings after it’s wobbled a bit. He has a top score of 63 and has hit 662 runs at an average of 11.82.
It would be rude not to mention the other brilliant players that have electrified Lincolnshire village Cricket (since online records began in 2002)...so here is a list of them:
David Hayes (716 runs), Nicholas Beck (679 runs), Jamey Nair (674 runs), Kowshik Chennuri (541 runs), Eddie Tyrell (473 runs), George Greaves (447 runs) and Benjamin Clarke (396 runs).
Nicholas Beck (110 wickets), Jamey Nair (70 wickets), Paul Brookes (59 wickets), Benja- min Clarke (48 wickets), Sean Melton (45 wickets) and Dan Shieber (35 wickets).
The glue that holds Aisthorpe Cricket Club together is a combination of its team spirit, its professionalism and the player’s generally friendly nature and sense of hu-
mour. Opposition teams like to play at the ACG. They appreciate the history of the club and the undulating outfield, replete with its many moles. Many a local resident has en- joyed a Summer’s afternoon watching Aisthorpe play at home, and to these support- ers, Aisthorpe CC owes a debt of gratitude.
We encourage other residents of Cammeringham, Brattleby, Ingham and Aisthorpe to be- come more aware of our club, and this can be done by watching us play at home or by following us on social media (i.e. Facebook (www.facebook.com/aisthorpecricketclub), Twitter (www.twitter.com/AisthorpeCC) and YouTube (search for “Aisthorpe Cricket Club"). A new website exists (www.aisthorpe.play-cricket.com) which depicts the history of the team and provides more up-to-date information.
There is also a Promotional Video (which can be found on all the social media links men- tioned above) which we encourage you all to watch, when you get a free moment.
We hope to see you at the ACG (Aisthorpe Cricket Ground, don’t you know) next Summer (2016).