Claude Thesiger Ashton was an English amateur footballer and first-class cricketer. As footballer he played for Corinthians in several different positions including goalkeeper and centre forward, although his preferred position was wing-half, he made one appearance for the England national team in 1925. As a cricketer he played for Cambridge Essex. A pre-war officer of the Auxiliary Air Force, he died as a result of a mid-air collision in a training accident in the Second World War. Ashton was born in Calcutta and was the youngest of four sons of Hubert Shorrock Ashton and of Victoria Alexandrina Ashton. Ashton's mother, was the daughter of Sir John Eardley Wilmot Inglis, who commanded the British forces at the Siege of Lucknow, Julia Selina Thesiger, his brothers included Hubert and Percy all of whom played first-class cricket. Claude was educated at Winchester College where he was captain of cricket, football and fives, he went up to Trinity College and earned his blue at hockey and football.
When Claude Ashton and his two brothers and Gilbert, were together in the Cambridge football team of 1920, the University side earned itself the nickname of "Ashton Villa". Although he became football captain in his third year at University, he was unable to take part in the 1923 match against Oxford University. Ashton first played for the University Cricket eleven in May 1921, in 1921 he made 557 runs for the university at an average of 46.41. His best scores were 101 not out off the Surrey bowlers at the Oval and with 98 against M. C. C. at Lord's. In the match against Oxford University in July, he played alongside his brothers Gilbert and Hubert making 48 runs as Cambridge won by an innings and 24 runs. After the varsity match, Claude joined Hubert at Essex with only modest success, scoring 240 at an average of 18.46. With one appearance for the England XI against Australia, his aggregate for the season was 798 at an average of 29.55. In July 1922, he again joined Hubert in the varsity match, won by an innings and 100 runs, after Hubert declared at 403 for four wickets.
As a result, Claude was only bowled three overs without claiming a wicket. Rain interfered with many matches in 1922 but Claude's aggregate for the University and Essex for the year was 797 runs, average 28.46. His best performance came in early August against Middlesex, when he scored 110 not out in a drawn match. For 1923, he succeeded his two elder brothers as captain of Cambridge University, but was unable to emulate his brothers in the varsity match. Oxford batted all the first day, during the night a severe thunderstorm with a deluge of rain altered the conditions at Lord's, with the result that Cambridge were dismissed twice and beaten on the Tuesday by an innings and 227 runs, the most overwhelming defeat in the whole series of University matches and the three most decisive results to occur consecutively. Claude thus ended his time with the university in rather dismal circumstances. In the 1923 season as a whole, however, he amassed 916 runs at an average of 24.75, claimed 50 wickets with his medium-pace bowling, together with 21 catches.
Over the next few years, his business commitments restricted his cricket and between 1930 and 1933 he played no first-class cricket. After a five-year absence from first-class cricket, he returned for Essex at the end of May 1934 in a match against Kent at Brentwood. In an astonishing match Kent scored 803 for four wickets, with Bill Ashdown scoring 332, Frank Woolley 172 and Les Ames 202 n.o.. In reply, Essex managed 408 in the first innings, with centuries from Dudley Pope and Jack O'Connor, while Ashton could only contribute 11. Following on, Essex were bowled out with Ashton making 71 not out. A few days he made his highest first-class score of 118 against Surrey, helping O'Connor put on 287 for the fifth wicket, a Essex record, in a total of 570, which brought victory by an innings and 192; the stand occupied only two hours twenty minutes, the fourth hundred of the innings came in 38 minutes. The combined total of runs scored in these two matches was 2362. In six games for Essex in 1934, Ashton scored 416 runs and headed the averages with 59.42.
His fourth and final century came against Gloucestershire in July 1936, when he scored 100 in a drawn match, thereby passing a career total of 4500 runs. His first-class cricket career spanned 18 years from 1921 to 1938 during which he scored an aggregate of 4723 runs at an average of 24.98, took 139 wickets as a bowler, held 113 catches. At Cambridge University, he became football captain in his third year, but unable to take part in the 1923 match against Oxford University. After graduating, he played for Old Wykehamists, he, Hubert and Gilbert occupied the inside-forward positions for Old Wykehamists in Arthur Dunn Cup ties. Whilst at university, he joined his two brothers at Corinthian, making his first appearance on 18 December 1920 playing at wing-half in a 4-2 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion. In the next match, against the Isthmian League, he played at inside left alongside his two brothers. Over the next two seasons he played as a forward, before reverting to left-half in 1923-24 dropping back into defence.
On 29 November 1924 he played in goal against Oxford University deputising for Benjamin Howard Baker. For the 1925-26 season, he was restored to the forward line with great success. Over the next five seasons, he scored 103 goals from 89 appearances, including five goals against Northern Nomads on 24 Decem
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