Rowington 2nd Debutants

Rowington II v Mickleton

Last Updated: Jun 30, 2016 07:36pm
Rowington, Warwick
By Clive Haywood
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Rowington II v Mickleton - 25th June 2016
With the firsts struggling to get a side the 2's had six changes including 4 debutants and fielding 4 players 16 or under against second placed Mickleton. With the threat of rain around, on winning the toss, the Mickleton skipper had no hesitation in opting to bowl. The start was delayed so the match started as 43 overs per side. After Graham Sly took 10 off the first over the Mickleton bowlers tightened their lines and scoring became harder. However with no wicket lost Tom Mead and Graham started to accelerate so at 20 overs the score progressed to 71. Tom after hitting a fine 6 then was bowled by Watlin for 26 and this bought the home skipper to the crease. He and Graham continued to steadily increase the score and Graham showing signs of tiredness from his morning activities was caught for 68 and the score 131 off 33 overs. With wickets in hand Marcus Miles attempted to increase the run rate but when Haywood was out for 46 with 2 overs to go this resulted in a flurry of wickets as the returning opening bowler Phil Knight bowled 3 excellent death overs (3-6) to restrict the R's to 183-7. With wickets in hand the score may have been 20 short, but a reasonable total in the conditions.
Graham Sly 68
Clive Haywood 46
Tom Mead 26
Another few drops of rain and the covers being put on only to be taken off again Mickleton started with their full overs. Leon Clarke quickly got opener Watling caught at slip by Graham Sly and then another wicket bowled. Billy Sly was bowling tightly at the other end with huge inswingers and it was a perfect start for the R's. However although the score was being kept below 2 runs per over there was a lack of strength in depth in the bowling department. Harry Ratcliffe replaced Billy and was played patiently by opener Watlin who had taken root and Wilcock who was punishing anything loose. With Graham struggling to bowl less than 2 head high full tosses an over he was quickly replaced by Phil Mead. He quickly shock off a couple of years rust and started to tie the Mickleton batters down and was rewarded with the wicket of Wilcock for a fine 51. With the bowling options reduced to the skipper turning his arm over, the new bat decided to attack and went after Mead and Haywood. This prompted the return of Leon and Billy and when Leon got the Mickleton No 5 and Billy No.6 then the R's were back in the game. However at the other end opener Watlin was still there and did a superb job of marshalling them home to finish 59 not out with 10 balls to spare. Great game of cricket played against a good set of lads and a game which could have gone either way. Good performance from the R's with the new look team and many young players.
Leon Clarke - 10-2-15-3
Billy Sly          10-2-25-1
Phil Mead         8-0-44-1


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