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Rowington 2nds Bowled Out for 178

Last Updated: Aug 17, 2016 06:48am
Rowington, Warwick
By Clive Haywood
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Rowington II v Earlswood III


For the second week on the trot the R's turned up to find the opposition at full strength. However things were positive when they won the toss and inserted Earlswood on a green looking track. Leon Clarke and Sam Lange opened and the pitch was unpredictable but Mick Weir was punishing anything slightly over-pitched.The openers had quickly put on 35 before Leon got one through the defence of Pummer and that  brought the dangerous Guy Massey to the crease. After smashing 22, one kept low from Leon and it was 67-2. Sam was replaced by birthday boy Steve Turrell who bowled Mick Weir, celebrating with a lap of honour. Young  Snipe and Donnison then started to bat well, being annoyed at the ones that lifted but playing well and scoring against those that behaved or didn't hit the pitch. Both passed 50 before Graham Sly bowled Donnison and Jamie Haywood beat Snipe in the flight and he looped one up to Graham who hung on to a good diving catch. Jamie bowled through to the end picking up older Snipe in the process and then a run out instigated by Billy and finished well by Jeff Rogers (who was excellent all day behind the stumps with such variable bounce.) Sam Lange returned to bowl an excellent closing spell and Earlswood finished on 263-8 which was well above par based on the quality of the pitch but the damage was done by the Snipe/Donnison partnership aided by some sloppy fielding at times.
 
Leon Clarke: 10-2-31-2
Sam Lange:    9-1-46-1
Steve Turrell:  9-1-45-1
Graham Sly:   6-1-33-1
Jamie Haywood: 7-0-46-2
 
After a cracking tea Graham and Steve, both resplendent in their helmets, opened. Graham decided that attack was the only way to go on the pitch and after a six and 4 fours was caught in the 5th over. Andrew Smith quickly departed so Clive Haywood joined Steve who decided that a birthday beer was due and gave a present of his off stump to Booker. Billy Sly, Jeff Rogers and Dave Blower were being sociable and wanted to share a drink with Steve which left the R's at 109-6 off 26 overs. Sam Lange then batted positively for the next 10 overs and the atmosphere in the middle changed from Ealrswood only thinking about taking the last four weeks to suddenly defending their score. Sam was eventually caught for a fine 31 and then Clive was bowled by young Snipe and it was down to Naz and Leon to get as many points as possible. Leon had heard Steve was at the bar with his wallet open so quickly returned leaving it to Jamie Haywood to secure a fourth batting point. The R's were bowled out for 178 which was slightly disappointing as the pitch had flattened out and played a touch better second half. The R's are now in trouble with Winchcombe winning and the final 3 games all tough fixtures including the last two against the top 2 teams in the Division.
 
Clive Haywood 57
Sam Lange 31
Graham Sly 24
 

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