A first good win for Rowington II

Rowington II v Welford

Last Updated: Jun 14, 2016 06:31am
Rowington, Warwick
By Clive Haywood
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With it raining on the journey across to Welford it didn't look promising for the yet to win R's. Things were looking more positive as it stopped raining, 11 players turned up, Welford star player was working  and the toss was won on what seemed a good day to bowl. A perfect start was had as in the 2nd over Billy Sly swung one in to take the off stump of Waklin. Leon Clarke probed away at the other end and was rewarded with the wicket of the Welford skipper who flat batted one straight to bucket hands himself John Glover and it's 33-2. Although little runs were coming from one end, Victor Khumalo did what he always does and smashed anything in his half and he kept the scoreboard ticking. Leon then picked up his second with a sharp catch by Marcus Miles and Billy finished an excellent tight spell of 1-27 off 9. Steve Turrell and Graham Sly then took up the attack and Steve immediately picked up a wicket with his slower ball caught by Adam Covell. Graham then joined in, bowling Sandhu and Lambert with the score only increasing slowly. Victor still had other ideas and despite a 6-3 leg side field continued to blast the ball over cow. Aided by a couple of drops he reached a bold 50 before Turrell bamboozled him with a straight,  length ball which Victor again blasted to cow where Marcus took an excellent diving catch. Graham Sly then picked up another, caught in the beard of Andy King and young Harry Ratcliffe got his rewards with Clive Haywood surprising everyone with a second catch in 2 weeks. Graham cleaned up the last man and an excellent performance by the R's bowlers and fielders meant Welford all out for 124 in 33.4 overs.  
So a relatively small total to chase but the pitch was doing a bit and the R's having forgotten how to win, this could be a test. A steady start by the openers of Turrell and Sly was broken when Graham missed a straight one (umpires version), sorry one that swung miles and moved off the pitch (Graham's version). Adam Covell was promoted up the order and immediately made good use of Belly's bat creaming 2 quick fours and another one through the slips before a cracking yorker ended his knock. Marcus Miles then came in and showed how it should be done driving and pulling expertly and supported by Steve at the other end the score was racing along, could this be the R's day. The introduction of Lane with his slow left arm accounted for Steve (16)and Marcus ( a fine 33) and after a couple balls John Glover for a duck and the R's lower order were scrambling for their pads. They should have more faith as the cool heads of Billy Sly and Andrew Smith picked off the bad balls to get the score within 5 before Bill was bowled trying to finish it in one hit. WG King scrambled a leg bye and a fine 4 from Andrew saw the R's home with plenty of overs and 4 wickets in hand. Andrew continued his good form finishing 27 not out which was even more remarkable as he later found out he had fractured his finger keeping (he did say it hurt a tad). 
A good first win of the season and some good cricket played in the last two weeks so looking more promising for the rest of the season. 


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