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Rowington Flayed by Fladbury

Last Updated: Aug 9, 2016 05:38am
Fladbury, Wychavon
By Clive Haywood
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After a string of good results the R's took on Fladbury who had the majority of their star performers back from hols and on winning the toss Skipper Haywood thought it was a nice afternoon to bat.
Keeper Jeff Rogers summed up what happened next quite astutely "well it was a really finely balanced game until they bowled the first ball" Shorthouse and Dixon in particular, opened with a hostile spell of bowling that would grace many of the upper divisions. Openers Graham Sly and John Lange did a sterling job to withstand the assault and executed their plan to perfection to see off the opening spell with Lange easily our scoring Sly.
The openers hoped for some relief with two spinners bowling but they continued the accurate onslaught and after 20 overs the score had reached 51-0 but it was superbly set up for the middle order to accelerate. John departed off the worst ball he faced chipping back a long hop and Adam Covell, after a promising start, was bowled by a Jaffa.
Graham had started to pick up the pace and unquestionably hit the biggest six of the year before being caught on the boundary. Apart from Billy Sly being hit on most parts of his body by the returning Dixon in between smashing him for 2 fours there's not a lot to report on the other batters and the R's were all out for 107 in 39 overs.
 
Graham Sly - 38
Extras - 29
John Lange. -18
 
So the R's needed early wickets  to put some pressure on Fladbury but opening pair of Prodden and that man DIxon had a different idea. Dixon then put on a master class of how to chase a small total by dispatching the ball to all parts of the ground and most of the surrounding fields.
Prodden played the perfect supporting role in giving the strike to Dixon who was obviously thirsty and in a rush for a beer as when there was 18 required to win deposited the next 3 balls into the field to finish the game in 11.3 overs and finishing 82no. An excellent performance by Fladbury and an early night for the R's. 

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