1st XI Warwickshire Cricket League Division One Champions 2023

The 1st XI were successful in their 2023 campaign, winning the Division One title. The side, led by captain Hayden Evans, finished 47 points above runners up, Hampton and Solihull. The side won 14 games, with winning draw, and only 3 defeats in a record breaking season for the club.

The side returns to the Warwickshire Premier League at the first time of asking. 5 of the victorious team have come through the youth section, which is particularly pleasing.

3rd XI Champions 2023

The Moseley Ashfield 3rd XI won their division in 2023.

The team had a terrific season, winning 10 of the 18 games, tying one, drawing one and losing only once, with the remaining 5 being abandoned in a wet summer. This is a particularly pleasing achievement given the number of our youth section who represented the side, including one 12 year old wicket keeper, picked on merit. There are many fine prospects for the future. (5 of the championship winning 1st XI came through our youth section.)

This promotion is an important step forward for the club, as division 7 play a full 22 match season, meaning more cricket for our players at the start and end of the 2024 season.

Pete Ward, 3rd XI Vice-Captain, collected the 3rd XI Championship trophy at the recent Warwickshire Cricket League dinner at Edgbaston, where our club had the biggest representation of players (again).

Youth Section 2023 Summary – another great season

2023 saw a successful season for Moseley Ashfield’s youth section. Our U9s (pictured) won the softball county pairs final at Edgbaston and our young U10s narrowly lost in the U10 county semi-final to a Knowle & Dorridge side full of county players. However, a large number of both boys and girls played some fantastic cricket, had a great deal of fun and hopefully ended the season as better cricketers and, hopefully, better people.

Our U11s competed in the Warwickshire Premier League and ended a respectable 6th place, with four wins. This was despite having an exceptionally young team. We may not have been strongest team in the league; however, there were plenty of grounds for optimism, not least a fantastic victory against 2nd placed Dorridge. We also played a couple of friendly fixtures to allow players without much cricketing experience the opportunity to play competitive fixtures.

The U13s struggled in the Premier League, not least when we were unable to select our county players, however, we did manage to win a couple of games, and with a full side were competitive.

The U15s had a similar season in the Championship, a mid-table finish not an accurate reflection of the quality of some of our performances, and again, substantial development by a number of players. The U17s also finished 4th in their 8 team T20 Blast league, again encouraging, without threatening silverware.

However, the philosophy of the club is to try and ensure that we develop young cricketers and create a genuine pathway for all players to play senior cricket as they develop. Pleasingly, we had a number of county and district players most notably at U12s, where 3 Moseley Ashfield players represented Warwickshire.

We are committed to developing young cricketers and have had consistently had U16s playing 1st and 2nd XI senior cricket, and many boys in lower age groups playing for the 3rd and 4th Saturday XIs. On occasion, the 4th XI has been made up of 7 U15s and 4 adults, and they’ve won a number of games against entirely adult opposition; we’ve also had a number of U15s successfully representing the league winning 3rd XI.  

The club is hugely grateful for the support of the managers (volunteers) and coaches, and of course to the parents, that make the youth section so strong, and so much fun for the girls and boys.

South African rising star Wandile Makwetu signs for Ashfield

South African rising star signs for Ashfield

Moseley Ashfield CC are delighted to announce the signing of Wandile Makwetu for the upcoming 2023 season. Makwetu joins an Ashfield side determined to regain their Warwickshire League Premier Division place after a disappointing 2022 season. Makwetu is a batsman keeper of some pedigree who currently plays for the Lions franchise in South Africa.

He made his name for the South Africa under 19s team rising to prominence in the 2018 World Cup tournament with an innings of 99 against the West Indies and has also scored an international u19’s ton against Zimbabwe. In domestic cricket Wandile has registered a first class ton and list A ton. Still only 24 years old Wandile will arrive in the UK with a hunger to work on his game and go back to South Africa a better player for the experience of playing in English conditions. Wandile’s only previous experience of English conditions are a pair of u19 internationals in 2018 against England where he averaged 46.

Makwetu appeared in recent weeks for a South African invitational XI that played against the touring West Indies test team. In 2020 he picked up the award for Domestic Newcomer of the Season so comes with an impressive CV.

New Ashfield skipper, Hayden Evans commented, “we are absolutely delighted to nail down the signing of Wandile for the upcoming season. I would like to thank the Chairman, committee and our sponsors for showing their intent for the upcoming season. Wandile has been an absolute delight to deal with in our discussions and his personality will fit in seamlessly with the lads we have at the club. I know that they cannot wait to welcome him. The fact Wandile wants to immerse himself in all aspects of the club including coaching our juniors is really exciting.”

Makwetu is expected to arrive in Birmingham in good time for the season opener on 22nd April.

Anyone wishing to join Moseley Ashfield CC or interested in sponsorship for the 2023 season should contact the club on our Membership and Sponsorship pages.

4th XI Group Photo Celebrating successful 2022 Season

2022 End of Season Review

Now that the Winter Solstice has passed and thoughts again turn to longer and warmer days ahead, our Senior Men’s team captains offer their reflection on the past season…

Moseley Ashfield 1st XI by Iltaf Rehman

The first team started the season in high spirits. The introduction of younger players sparked the experienced players into jostling for a place in slips. However, it quickly became apparent that some of the youngsters were less agile than the more experienced. I have to say I never expected to witness this but then it would not be Moseley Ashfield.

Three games in and we were rocked by the news a serious shoulder injury meant leading run scorer John Pemberton was out for the season. John’s knowledge, contribution with the bat which includes excellent running between the wickets and dynamic fielding would be dearly missed. If that wasn’t enough soon after we experienced another setback, our top order batsman Salah Khan suffering an ACL injury which would rule him out for the season. A hard-hitting talented batsman for whom we had high hopes would be one of our leading run scorers.

In terms of the season out of twenty games (excluding abandoned and reduced overs) we scored 250 or more on only four occasions. Confusingly three of these performances were against the top sides, losing by the tightest of margins to Cov North Warwicks and Sutton Coldfield but beating Attock at home. Playing the top sides somehow got the best out of us but the difference between winning or losing was often an overseas professional or paid player.

Decent batting contributions in the season came from our stalwart Ollie Thomas top scoring with over 500 runs, Masharraf Shazad and Hayden Evans our promising top order batsmen both scoring around 400 runs. Masharraf enjoyed a strong first season often looking impenetrable. As for Hayden he showed his talent by scoring a majestic century in the final game of the season, hopefully the first of many. In addition, there were four other players who scored over 300 runs, Sultan Afsal with a strong average, Alex Perry, Shah Waqas, and Charlie Greening.

One of the highlights has been watching Rayyen at the tender of age of 16 steaming in and clean bowling some of the best batsmen in the league, including leading run scorers Shivam Bhambri and Wes Ryan Landsdale. A highly promising start to his Moseley Ashfield tenure.

Other notable performances include amongst taking crucial wickets, we witnessed Felix Shears score an unbeaten 41 against a strong Aston Manor bowling unit, revealing a hitherto unknown talent for the sweep shotl. Jack Wadelin scored an unbeaten 46 against Sutton Coldfield holding his own against a barrage of bouncers from ex-Warwickshire player Aaron Thomason: the silence from his fiercest critics, , aka best friends, spoke volumes. Sultan Afsal’s pyrotechnics against Attock pretty much winning us the game. Mohammed Akeel’s wizardry bamboozling the best batsmen with his wrong un.

It was wonderful to see Ian Carey taking his 600th wicket. Over the years I have been fortunate to witness many of those wickets and know how much hard work goes into achieving such a feat. After several years of giving his all Ian has decided to hang up his boots. I look forward to seeing who will step up and build on the huge contribution Ian has made over the years.

All in all, a season where we could not avoid relegation however the experience gained will hopefully go towards strengthening each player and building a stronger team ready to make Moseley Ashfield proud again.

Moseley Ashfield 2nd XI by Micky Bromhall

The second eleven looked set for consecutive promotions at the half-way stage of the 2022 season but ultimately fell short due to injuries and availability. Akeel Mohammed was once again superb with bat and ball and Noel Hall with 46 wickets, outstanding. Luke Baker showed why he’s the outstanding fielder in our club with many remarkable “grabs”. Mo Azam continues to defy age with several impressive performances with bat and ball. I believe there are huge futures in the game for Rayyen and Stephen, who look destined for long first team careers, remembering of course Stephen’s maiden century for the club at the tender age of 15. All things considered we should be proud to maintain our division 5 status as it is in my view a very high standard of cricket. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my two years leading a great bunch of lads and believe our spirit remained high even during lows. We now need a strong leader and some smart recruitment to make sure the twos push on.

Moseley Ashfield 3rd XI by Hassan Idrees

The 3rd XI season started one week earlier than intended with a rearranged fixture against Moseley 4th XI at the Centenary Ground due to the Commonwealth Games fixtures later in the year. It meant that we were able to start the season with real momentum, winning this game and the next two (coincidentally including the reverse fixture against Moseley) and only losing four wickets in total whilst chasing down the opposition totals.
The middle period of the season saw mixed results, with an ever-changing line-up, though this was in part due to the promotion of several players into the 2nd XI. In total, more than ten players that had played 3rd XI cricket played at least one 2nd XI fixture, with half becoming regular players for the 2s. The highlight of which was Stephen hitting a century and ending the season as the 5th highest run scorer in the club.

For the 3rd XI, success was shared out between players, with five bowlers contributing more than ten wickets in the season and three players with a batting average of 40 plus. Whilst a league position of 8th meant that our goal of achieving promotion was not achieved, the season did allow for a number of players to progress through the playing XIs at Ashfield.

Moseley Ashfield 4th XI by Richard Bowpitt
A really positive season for the 4th XI built to a brilliant conclusion with a 5th place finish in the League after a late surge that saw us pick up four sets of 24 points in our final five games.

This year, we won more games (seven), made more runs (making over 200 four times this year, including the 4s highest ever score of 253/6) and bowled more teams out (five times) than any previous year, which goes a long way to showing what a step forward it has been not just for individuals, but for the entire side.

One particular highlight was the continued development of MACC Youth Cricketers into the Senior Sides. Over the course of the year, we had 22 different under 18s turn out for the 4s and maintained an average of at least five youngsters in each game – giving more kids than ever the opportunity to experience open-age league cricket and continue to develop their skills in match settings.

On an individual level, Stephen and Hashim, who began the year with the 4s, ended it playing for the 2s; Stephen leading the way with his maiden century and Hashim contributing key runs for the 3s. Asad, Panu and Evran were also among those to earn a spot in the 3s on the back of solid outings for the 4s, and show that they are more than ready for the step up. It’s fantastic for the group of youngsters coming through to have such tangible examples of the potential for progress up the sides when natural talent is allied with hard work. A word too for twelve-year-old Aleem, who wrapped up the 4s season with a hattrick on his way to figures of 4/2 in the final game. One to watch out for in the (not too distant) future!

Perhaps the most positive aspect of the whole year though has been the tremendous sense of team spirit and the growth of an encouraging and positive culture displayed by all the guys throughout the season, whether we’ve been winning or losing. Leading the way, individuals such as Nasser Hussain (24 wickets, second highest in the league), Mohammed Billal (179 runs and 15 wickets), Rob Green (212 runs) and Kevin Cuthbert (6 wickets and a maiden 50) have shown their value to the side not just in their performances, but more importantly through the way they have set the standard for the lads coming through. It’s always been the goal for the 4s to provide a really supportive environment for those taking their first steps into adult cricket, and that wouldn’t be possible without the example of those senior players each week, plus the one and only Ash Patel and his immeasurable support in both matches and training.

It’s been a privilege to lead the 4s this year (even though I haven’t had the opportunity to play that many games for the 4s myself!), and I’m really proud of the progress that we’ve again seen this season. There’s more to come from this side, and I’m excited to see the development continue in 2023 and beyond!

Clare Lindley's Watercolour Painting of the Moseley Ashfield Cricket Club's new Britannic Park Ground

Aiming Higher in 2022!

The 2021 Season saw one of the most successful seasons in recent times across all sections of the club and aspirations are high for the upcoming season, as the respective team captains now reflect:

First Team

We started the season with a great victory away at local rivals Attock, thanks to runs from Kaiser and Suraj, giving Ashfield a less than competitive total. Looking dead and buried we turned to Sully, who completely changed the game on its head with 5 for 29 and brought home what looked like an impossible 24 points, a sign of things to come for the rest of the season. We remained undefeated for 6 games, leaving us joint top of the league after 6 games.

Unfortunately, at this point the league thought it would be a good idea to introduce a white ball, horrendously fitted Pyjama’s and win/lose cricket, which took a few weeks for us to get used to, along with availability struggles, meaning we lost 6 out of the next 7 games.

Fortunately the Ashfield fighting spirit kicked in and with some slight personnel changes and a different approach with the bat, we managed to turn our form around away at Streetly, brilliantly guided by Hayden and Salah with 34 and 40 respectively at the top of the order and then the master blaster himself hitting a brilliant hundred. From this point we didn’t look back, and finished the season with 6 wins and 3 draws.

This season was a real team effort, seeing the individual brilliance of several players with both bat and ball. In the 2020 season Oliver Thomas scored 800 runs and contributed over 50% of team runs, but in 2021 several people put their hands up in the tough moments. Similarly with the ball, we had four bowlers with over 20 wickets, which is an incredible feat and shows the class we have within this team.

Statistically, we:
Played: 22
Won: 10
Lost: 6
Drew: 3
No Result: 3
Leading to a: 4th Place finish and plenty to build on for next year.

2nd Team

Following a successful campaign, the Second XI were Division 6 champions in 2021 and aim to be challenging for promotion again this season. Significant contributions were made by many, culminating in Tariq receiving the batting award, Akeel the bowling award, with Noel being captain’s player of the season. We are also pleased to confirm the signing of Rayyen Khan who we believe can help push us even further this year. Hoping for a successful, injury free season for all.

3rd Team

2021 was a very good season for the 3rd XI, finishing 3rd in the division and just missing out on promotion. It was pleasing to see a number of players promoted from the 4th XI and further reflecting growth and development a similar number promoted to become regular members of the 2nd XI.

During this successful season we saw 5 different centurions including two maiden tons in the same match. Two junior members were leading wicket takers for the side with 16 each. The aim for 2022 is to push for promotion whilst providing further opportunities for junior development and promotion to higher teams.

4th Team

In a similar vein, 2021 very good season for the 4th XI with lots of junior development. A mid-table finish was fitting reward, with many noteworthy performances and an unprecedented number of juniors who donned the MACC whites. Several of these progressed the 3rd XI,. With an increased senior and junior membership we are looking forward to great season in 2022.

Warwickshire League U13s Champions 2020

Exciting Times for Junior and Youth Cricket as 2022 sees new Girl’s Team.

Moseley Ashfield Cricket Club are once again looking forward to an exciting and busy season in junior and youth cricket, with opportunities at all levels for boys and girls aged 5 to 18. This year is particularly significant to the club, as for the first time we will be fielding a Girl’s Under 11 Softball team.

Whether your son or daughter is keen to get started in the game, or has played before and is looking to develop their skills in the hard ball game, we have something for players of all ages and levels.

Become an All Star

For younger members, Moseley Ashfield CC will once again be running AllStars Cricket on a Friday evening at the Yardley Wood Road ground. It provides a fantastic first experience for all children aged 5-8 years, where they are guaranteed eight weeks of jam-packed fun, activity and skills development and commences on Friday 13th May at 5.30pm.

There is also to be a dedicated girls only AllStars session held on a Saturday morning at the Centenary Ground, Britannic Park.

The programme is designed to introduce children to the sport, teaching them new skills, helping them make new friends and have a great time doing so; plus, every child that registers will receive a backpack full of goodies.

For more information about All Stars Cricket, click here

 Dynamos Cricket – New!

In addition to All Stars Cricket, we will also be running a Dynamos Cricket programme on the same evening, though with a later start time of 6.30 pm. It provides a fantastic next step for all those graduating from All Stars Cricket and the perfect introduction for all 8-11 year-olds new to the sport!

Find out more about Dynamos Cricket here, click here

To register in advance for All Stars Cricket and Dynamos Cricket at Moseley Ashfield CC, click here

League cricket

In 2022 Moseley Ashfield will also be fielding soft ball teams at Under 9 and 10, and hard ball teams in the Under 10, Under 11, Under 13, Under 14, Under 15 and Under 17 age groups. In a new and exciting development, for the first time in the club’s history, there will be a Girls team, taking part in the Under 11 age group league.

All teams will be playing their league cricket in the Warwickshire Cricket Board Leagues.

Following a highly successful 2021 season and with members of the squad included in the Warwickshire county age group squad, the Under 11s will play their league cricket in the Warwickshire Premier League as will the Under 15s. The Under 13s will take part in the Warwickshire Championship League. The Under 17 representative team will play their fixtures in June and July, timetabled to coincide with the end of GCSE and A-Level examinations.

In addition to this, each age group will have weekly training, predominantly on Friday evenings, but with additional net sessions available (see Training for details) and a series of friendly matches also arranged during the season.

As always, Moseley Ashfield CC welcomes players of all abilities to join them, so if your son or daughter is interested in joining either the All Stars or Dynamos programmes,  the older age group teams, or you would like any further information about junior cricket at Moseley Ashfield, please feel free to contact us using the details on this website.

University of Birmingham Women’s & Moseley Ashfield Partnership

‘Old Joe’ to light up blue to celebrate!

A formal signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Birmingham Women’s Cricket Club and Moseley Ashfield Cricket Club will take place on Wednesday 28th April to formalise links to further promote women’s cricket at the two clubs.

Club Captains: Alice Fox and Alex Perry

To mark the occasion, the clubs will light up Old Joe clock face, the University of Birmingham’s famous clock tower, blue – shared by both clubs in their club colours.

UBWCC and MACC have enjoyed a very successful and collaborative working relationship over the last few years, and the MOU will bring the two clubs closer together.

MACC Director of Cricket, Ian Carey is delighted that this agreement has been formalised. “With the introduction of the new agreement, the two clubs can develop an even closer working relationship,” he said.

“We are keen to support the development of the women’s game at the University and also to provide opportunities for women to play cricket for the club into the future.”.

In agreeing the MOU, Ellie Harris, President of UBWCC said: “in adopting Moseley Ashfield Cricket club, so near to the University, as our home, we will have access to the club’s two excellent grounds, and to the high quality net facilities at the club. This security of access, year on year, will enable the club to flourish, developing women cricketers of all abilities.”

Both clubs have enjoyed recent successes. UBWCC won the University Pride Award for the year in 2020, whilst MACC had title successes for both their 1st XI and 2nd XIs in the Warwickshire County Cricket League.

Aiming High in 2021!

With the great news received on the 22nd February, concerning the resumption of outdoor competitive sport, we’re delighted that The Ashfield will have a full season of competitive cricket.

Four senior men’s teams will enter the Warwickshire Cricket League, opening on 17th April for the 1st and 2nd XIs, then on 1st May for the 3rd and 4th XIs. Full fixture lists can be found on the individual team pages

The 1st XI have made a number of great signings to add to an already strong squad. After the success of the 2020 season, it’s going to be a lot tougher in 2021. Teams now know about us, and will themselves have strengthened over the winter.

Having said that, the objectives remain the same. Finish as high as we can, whilst playing an exciting brand of cricket. The objectives for the other senior teams are just the same, with an especial focus on the development of our younger players, who are the future of the club and potentially the county.

The appointment of Ian Carey as Director of Cricket has provided further impetus and focus towards establishing The Ashfield as one of the leading clubs in the county; whether that be senior cricket, youth cricket, women’s and girls’ cricket, or a brilliant social and community organisation.

What ever happens, it will just be great to get out and play some competitive sport.

And in the words of Club Captain Alex Perry “Good luck to the whole club over the next 7 months. Let’s keep the momentum going!”

We Will Remember Them

On Remembrance Sunday, 8th November, a representation from Moseley Ashfield CC joined Birmingham Moseley Rugby Club in remembering the fallen at a much reduced commemoration, due to Covid-19 restrictions, at the Memorial on the Billesley Common ground, reflecting the close ties that the two clubs have had over the past 120 years. (The memorial was also, for many years, sited at The Graveyard following the rugby club’s departure from the The Reddings in 2000).

The Moseley Ashfield wreath was laid by Club President, Peter Haynes and the commemorative poem “In Flanders Fields” was read by his wife Liz Haynes. Also in attendance were Club Chairman Guy Shears, Welfare Officer Angela Brown and Youth Manager Rob Green who sounded the Last Post and Reveille.

A link to the commemoration, filmed by Iconic Productions for those unable to attend, is here: https://moseleyrugby.co.uk/birmingham-moseley-rugby-forced-to-cancel-service-of-remembrance/