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Rowington Fall Short by 8

Rowington II vs Earlswood III

Last Updated: Jun 7, 2016 06:54am
Rowington, Warwick
By Clive Haywood
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Rowington II v Earlswood III
 
Things were looking up for the R's with 11 players, the firsts only pinching 2 players and the sun shining, Earlswood won the toss and decided to bat. Leon Clarke kept it tight and Billy Sly sobered up enough to only see one set of stumps to aim at. Despite positive intentions from Hughes and Snipe the score was being kept in check but no break through. A change of bowling saw Paul Clarke bowl Hughes for an excellent 52 and Snipe for 28 caught, much to the surprise of all 11 fielders, by Clive Haywood. Big hitting Guy Massey fell cheaply to a clever half tracker from Stewart Jordan with Adam Covell taking an excellent catch. Young Snipe fell to the same tactic with John Lange taking the catch off Adam. Jackson and Dennison then ran and hit well and it took the returning Billy Sly to trap Jackson lbw and then Leon Clarke to quickly remove Lal to keep the score in check. Although Paul Clark picked up a deserved 3rd wicket Dennison marshalled the lower order well to finish on a fine 51no and taking Earlswood to 222-7. Mention should go to young Harry Ratcliffe for another impressive spell of bowling and Andrew Smith for an ever improving performance behind the sticks. The score seemed a touch above par but the R's could take heart from a solid bowling performance and good catching early doors.
 
With Graham Sly in his pinny nursing a bad back and so making the tea, John Lange opened with Stewart Jordan. The score was ticking along nicely until Stewart edged behind. David Blower quickly departed but Andrew Smith and John forged a fine 50 partnership with John passing 50 but then immediately ran himself out for an exquisite 52. With Clive Haywood quickly departing Billy Sly joined Andrew and the score kept ticking and the game looked in the balance. Andrew was caught for a well crafted 62 and John Glover and Billy kept the scoring up so the game could go either way. John was bowled, Billy unlucky to be stumped off the keepers pads and Adam out for a golden duck things had turned in Earlswood favour. (Mention to young Jess Crawley who was on a hatrick and bowled superbly at the end). Paul and Leon Clarke tried valiantly to reach the target but in the end the R's fell 8 short.
 
An excellent game of cricket against a good team, played in the right spirit and which the R's can take great heart from an improved performance.

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