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Rowington End Season on a High

Last Updated: Aug 31, 2015 06:48pm
Rowington, Warwick
By Steve Jay
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No getting out of jail this time for the Wardens.
 
The final game of the season saw Rowington travel to Kenilworth Wardens with Rowington vying for fourth spot and the Wardens needing a win to guarantee safety.
Rowington won the toss and Skipper Scott Rogers elected to bowl first and in flew Pigeon and F Rex to open the batting - Steve Jay opened the bowling with four successive maidens as the pressure mounted on the Wardens and then Sam Turrell had Pigeon bowled, knocking out the middle stump before it had pitched and a ruffled Pigeon flitted off for 4 and the score is 10 - 1.
Dir-egt came to the crease but edged a leg side ball to the diving keeper Tom Jefferson and he's going Dir-egt to the pavillion for a golden ball duck, 10 - 2.
Wood comes in and tries to hit Turrell into the trees but comes off second best as Alex Smith runs around the boundary to take a great catch and he's also gone for a duck 
now its 10 - 3.
Johnson joins Rex who is doggedly staying there but after a quick 3 Rex  decides to drive Turrell and he edges to Billy Sly at gully who takes it one handed and Rex does just that to his bat as he throws it away in temper as he goes for 6 and now its 13-4.
Casey gets to the track and decides to rail-road a swinging ball from Jay but only succeeds in edging it to keeper Jefferson, and after awaiting a decision from the controller he's gone and now its 18 - 5.
Johnson then gets bowled by Turrell for 3 and now its 19 - 6 and Turrell has a five for!
Gough and Baker are now at the crease and for numbers 7 & 8 seem to be quite comfortable as they pick off a few boundaries, Jay and Turrell complete their overs and are replaced by Andy Shaw and Matt Williams.
Gough and Baker move to 95 as Williams three over spell is ended and Joe Turrell takes over and immediately gets Gough to edge to keeper Jefferson for a fine 40 and the Wardens are 95 - 7.
Sahota comes in and they get past the ton and onto 108 when Baker doesn't use his loaf and is left stranded and run out on 42, 108 - 8.
The youngster T Rex (obviously a twentieth century boy) comes in but Sahota lobs one up to Sam Turrell off Shaw and he's gone for 2, 112 - 9.
M Casey helps Rex get the Wardens past the 125 and another point but the returning Matt Williams gets Casey (5) to edge again to keeper Jefferson in the last over and the Wardens are all out for 127.
T Rex 10 not out.
 
Jay            10    5    16    1    Classic example of swing bowling. ends great season for him.
Turrell        10    3    17    5    His best bowling of the season, proves line and length rather than pace get wickets!
Shaw         10    2    39    1    Took a bit of tap from the alleged numbers 7 & 8! but still in control and another tight season for him.
Williams    6.2    0    26    1    The pressure of needing a wicket to win the bowling cup told on him as his line was all over the place, got it back in th second spell.
Turrell J       8    1    28    1     Came on to replace Williams and took out the danger-man and a good line.
 
A great performance by Rowington's bowlers and some superb catching in the field proved too good for the Wardens.
Alex Smith and Joe Turrell opened the batting and put on 50 when Smith was LBW to M Casey for 20.
Joe Kelly helped Joe Turrell get past his 50 when he was then caught off Pigeon for 53 and the score is 98 - 2.
Tom Jefferson comes in and hits one straight back to the bowler T Rex for a duck. 98 - 3.
Skipper Scott Rogers adds a single and helps Kelly get Rowington to 105 when Rogers is adjudged to have edged one to the keeper off Pigeon, Rogers trudged off rubbing his leg  for a poultry 1 and Rowington are 105 - 4.
Sam Turrell completes his day by helping Kelly get to the target in 34 overs with Kelly ending 31 not out and Turrell 17 not out.
 
Pigeon         2 - 27
T Rex          1 - 33
M Casey     1 - 18
 
The Wardens wicket takers.
Wardens got let off the hook in the first game thanks to the weather but there was no hiding in this game as Rowington thrashed them and the 20 points saw Rowington finish their best ever Cotswold Hills League position of fourth in division one (present points system) and with Winchcombe winning Kenilworth will have to hope that the league only send one team down otherwise they face division two next year.
A really enjoyable season for Rowington and only two games lost due to the weather, great to see so many youngsters coming into the first team and the future looks bright. 
See you all next year and hope you've enjoyed the match reports.

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