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Rowington eventually storm the Castle

Last Updated: Jul 27, 2015 07:58pm
Royal Leamington Spa, Warwick
By Steve Jay
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A tailback of over 5 miles due to an accident saw Rowington eventually arrive at Elmley Castle around half an hour late and were rather surprised when the Elmley captain claimed the toss and put the R's into bat on a wet track caused by the downpour the previous night, very sporting!
Skipper Scott Rogers opened with Joe Turrell who soon took one in the face guard and then was bowled by a grubber and Rowington are 0  - 1.
In comes  Eike Gilbert (9) and he proceeds to take the game to the Elmley openers Bailey and Webb but then he also gets undone by another grubber and he's bowled again by Webb and Rowington are 11 - 2. Rogers is still yet to score.
Tommy Williams comes in and his form is good and it soon shows as he pushes the pace and with the help of Rogers who has now got off the mark, rather Smith like, in the 8th over!
and they punish any bad ball and move the R's to 77 when Williams is caught by Cooper S off Cooper N for 36.
Joe Kelly joins Rogers and they continue in the same vein and add 40 when Roger the snail gets caught in the deep for 46 and its 117 - 4.
Tom Jefferson adds a couple but plays back on a wet pitch and is trapped LBW. 123 - 5.
Sam Turrell helps Kelly get to 153 when Bailey catches him off Cooper S for 12, but Sam Lange comes in and sees Kelly get his 50 in the penultimate over and they end the R's innings on 185 - 6.
Kelly a fine 51no and Lange 15no.
 
Webb 2 - 44
Cooper N  2 - 47
Cooper S    1 - 43
Eaton    1 - 25
 
A decent score for the R's who would have settled for 160 after such a bad start.
After a quick tea the Elmley openers Charlton and Cross found runs hard to come by against tight bowling from Steve Jay and SamTurrell and eventually frustration gets the better of Charlton as he edges to the keeper Jefferson, 19 - 1.
Richardson strolls in and when Cross goes for a single Richardson continues to stroll and a direct hit by Sam Lange sees him continue back to the pavilion looking a proper Charlie for a duck and its 19 - 2.
N Cooper comes in and thinks he's a batsmen as he tries to hit everything to the boundary, but its Cross (13) who goes next as he also edges to Jefferson this time off Jay, 32 - 3. Cooper then survives a dropped slip catch off Jay but Matt Williams, replacing Turrell soon bowls him for 6 and now its 47 - 4.
Bailey is in with Webb but Webb tries to hit Rogers ( who has replaced Jay ) to the boundary and Tommy Williams dives forward and takes an excellent catch much to Webbs dismay and he's gone for 1. 48 - 5.
S Cooper is now in with Bailey and they add 3 when Bailey is bowled by Matt Williams, 51 - 6.
Roberts comes in to face Rogers and he edges his first ball to Jay at slip who takes the catch and now Elmley are in serious trouble at 51 - 7.
Veteran Eaton joins Cooper and they pile on the runs, mainly from Coopers bat but  Rowington know that this is the last chance for Elmley and on comes Joe Turrell - Cooper is facing - Turrells first ball is a beamer and is no balled, his second ball isn't much better and although the third is little more on line things are looking glum but his next ball is a grubber and its Elmleys turn to suffer on this wicket as dangerman Cooper goes for 28 and its now 92 - 8.
Cooper L joins Eaton and they add 9 when Sam Lange is brought on to replace the wayward Turrell and he immediately makes an impact as he bowls Cooper for 3, 101 - 9.
O'Shaughnessy  is the last man and again with Eaton adds another 9 to take Elmley to 110 when Sam Lange bowls him as well for 4 and Eaton is out of partners on 3 and Elmley are all out for 110.
 
Jay             10    4    17    1
S Turrell       8    1    18    1
M Williams   7    2    25    2
S Rogers      6    3    16    2
J Turrell        3    1    11    1
Gilbert          5    2    4    0
Lange        2.3    0    3    2
 
 
A big points haul of 23 sees Rowington more or less secured in the division for another year and the target set at the start of the season is met with 5 games to go. Elmley look like they will be plying their trade in division 2 next year.
High flying Tanworth at home next week.

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