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Rogers Catches the Danger Man

Rowington vs Moreton in Marsh

Last Updated: Jun 16, 2014 03:46pm
Rowington, Warwick
By Steve Jay
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Rowington travelled to the picturesque market town of Moreton in Marsh on Saturday. With the weather really hot in the sunshine and quite humid skipper Scott Rogers lost the toss and was surprised to be asked to bat, a decision which he would have made anyway so all were happy. 
As the Rowington players all sunbathed, Alex Smith and Matt Page took to the crease. Smith faced Graham and soon dispatched the bad ball to the boundary, a single followed which brought Page on to the strikers end, his first ball hits his pads and he's gone LBW for a golden duck and its 5 - 1.
In comes the in-form Scott Rogers and he soon takes control, backed up by Smith they soon start scoring freely off the guaranteed 1 or 2 bad balls per over and they swiftly get past the 100 mark, Rogers also passing his 50. 
With the score on 135 Rogers eventually skies one off Millard and he goes for 67, another good innings, Smith is still battling on in the heat, turning the inevitable 2 into a single!
In comes Tommy ' The Wolf ' Williams and fresh from his jog he really up's the pace, as Smith gets redder and redder Williams is turning two's into three's and the Marshers are getting bogged down, Slack comes on to tighten up the bowling and he eventually gets Williams - bowled for a fine quickfire 24.
The other Tommy comes in ( Jefferson) and he too is gunning for runs......Smith looks done in but is persevering...or is that perspiring? Anyway Smith has his sights on a ton and with Jefferson pushing they move the score past the 200 with 5 overs to spare and then add another 48 runs in the last five overs as Smith ends stranded on 94 not out and Jefferson a good cameo of 33 not out.
Graham 1 - 41
Millard   1 - 51
Slack     1 - 49
The beleaguered Marshers bowlers.
Fresh from the afternoon sunbathing and a wholesome tea the Rowington players take to the field and the clouds come over the ground, the humidity is getting higher. 
Henshaw and the confident Millard stroll to the crease and opener Steve Jay takes his mark, Henshaw grabs a quick single and Millard takes guard, Jay swings the ball away from him and it flicks his pads and he gets bowled first ball, confidence drained he returns to the pavilion, according to the keeper Jefferson he could have been LBW......if it didn't hit the stumps?
Anyway luckily Jefferson is the keeper and not the umpire, Hardiman comes to the crease and covers his first ball, his second ball from Jay sees it take the edge and Rogers dives full length at slip to take a superb one handed catch and its 
1 - 2 in the first over.
Henshaw is picking off the occasional bad ball ( not from the unplayable Jay!) and the score moves to 25 when Eike Gilbert sees Williams ( their version) take the edge and Dickie Bird Jefferson behind the stumps takes the catch. 
Williams only adding 6. 
Jay completes his ten miserly overs for 12 runs and Andy Shaw replaces him, Stotesbury and Henshaw start to push on and take the score to 70 when Henshaw gets the edge off Rogers and his resistance is over for a fine 41, 70 - 4.
A run later and Shaw sees Stotesbury try for a big one and end up getting bowled for 15. 71 - 5.
Shaw then gets Jones to pad up and much to his annoyance he is adjudged LBW for a duck.  72 - 6.
Joe Turrell comes back on at Shaw's end his pace could trouble the tail.
Parry does just that with Turrells first ball but his second see's him jump out the way and he's bowled for 1 it's now 79 - 7.
Hirons goes to Turrells next ball and he is on a hat-trick next over. 79 - 8.
Shaw bowls from the other end and its a maiden so in comes Turrell to try and get the hat-trick, alas its not to be as Wise is just that and see's off the hat-trick ball. He doesn't last the over though as Turrells pace is too much and he's bowled for yet another duck. 79 - 9.
Shaw is keen to get in on the act again and Slack is facing, he adds three and brings Graham on to face Shaw and he soon gets baffled by Shaw's guile as he is bowled for ....yes another duck and the innings is all over for 82.
Six ducks from the Marshmen didn't help their plight only Henshaw shows any grit.
Jay       10  4   12 2 Swinging the blues....
Gilbert    6  1   23 1 Swung too much for him!
Turrell     7  1  23 3 Pace was troublesome for the tail.
Shaw    6.3 1   11 3 Crafty as ever....Elmer.
Rogers    4  2   5  1 Got the dangerman...and what a catch!
A disciplined display form the R's in an important game for them, great catching again, tight bowling made it hard for the chase but a big score to chase is always a pressure builder.

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