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Welcome to the Old Ashfordians’ Cricket Club’s Play Cricket Site

Jon Prowse
In what has become a particularly sad year for the Club, we are devastated that one of our current players, Jon Prowse, passed away very suddenly.  Although, only in his 40s, Jon made 319 appearances over 29 seasons following his debut for the Old Ashfordians' in 1985.  Had he not spent a number of summers focusing on waterskiing and later living in Austria, his career total of 5,801 runs at 22.1 would have been significantly higher.  An explosive batsman, often after a very slow start, he could hit an extremely powerful straight drive (as anyone who ever bowled at him in the nets could testify!) He is placed as the Old Boy's tenth highest run scorer, his top personal total for Old Ash, of 103, was against Shepperton in 2003 where he shared an opening stand of 94 with Steve Price.  An account of the match can be found here http://oldashfordians.play-cricket.com/website/results/55372  Jon was also an energetic wicket keeper with 190 dismissals to his credit (the 6th best in the Club's history), including 61 stumpings.  He was vice-Captain in the 2013 and 2014 seasons and when in charge, worked hard to ensure that everyone had a game whilst also striving for a win.  He bravely battled to beat both cancer and depression and gave a lot back to cricket.  In recent years he also played for Royal Ascot on Saturdays where he made his mark as a willing and engaging club man.  He is sadly missed.  The Club extends its heartfelt sympathy to Jon's mum, Annie, Colin and his family.  Jon's funeral will be held on Thursday 30 June at 11:20am at Mortlake Crematorium (Kew Meadow Path, Townmead Rd, Richmond TW9 4EN|).  Jon's family would be delighted to see as many of his cricket friends as possible at the service and then at The Ship (10 Thames Bank, London SW14 7QR), cars can be left at the crematorium.

John Harris
We were sad to hear the news that John Harris, one of the club's top batsmen in the late 1960's and 1970's passed away in May after a long illness.  John made 330 appearances for the Old Boys' and was only the 20th player, of 31 in the Club's history, to have turned out over 300 times.  He topped the batting average in 1970 and with 100 catches and 9 stumpings is one of only 22 players to have made over 100 fielding dismissals.  Club Statistician and Archivist, Steve Price, has added a report of one of John's innings which can be found here http://oldashfordians.play-cricket.com/website/match_reports/154688.  As well as his long playing career, John also served on the OACC committee for nine years, three of these as Team Secretary.  His contributions on and off the field were recognised when he was elected as a vice-president of the Club in 1986.  The Club extends its sympathy and condolences to John's wife, Elizabeth, and his family.

President's Day
The Club’s President’s Day is an opportunity for all players (past and present), friends of the Old Boys’ and families to get together socially.  During a friendly Captain’s XI v Vice-Captain’s XI match there will be a lunch served with tea, coffee and a bar available all day.  The 2016 President's Day will be held on Sunday 10th July at Royal Ascot CC's ground at Ascot Racecourse.

Club Officers
If you are interested in playing for the Old Boys' then please contact:  the Club Captain, Daryl Smith or Vice-Captain Jason Carr.  For more information about the Club or to re-establish contact, please email the Secretary, David Hallé.

Club Details
The Old Ashfordians' Cricket Club was founded in 1928 by former pupils of Ashford (Middlesex) Grammar School.  A small friendly (now wandering club) playing Sunday & midweek fixtures in and around Surrey & Berkshire. 

We always welcome new players and contact from ex-players and friends of the Club. If you are interested in playing cricket for the 'Old Boys' please contact the Club's Team Secretary or Captain. 

   

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