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Rowington II v Fladbury

Last Updated: Jun 5, 2016 07:39pm
Rowington, Warwick
By Clive Haywood
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With the sun shining and having a full squad of 11 it looked like the omens were good for the R's after the last few weeks. However with traffic stationary around Evesham meaning only 7 being at the ground when the toss was taken, on winning the only decision was to bat when the preference was to bowl. 
With Graham Sly smashing 9 off the first over perhaps it didn't look too bad a decision. Young Dixon then changed that way of thinking as his opening spell of 7 overs was good enough to grace any of the Divisions. Graham and his opening partner Steve Turrell did remarkably well to survive with Steve wearing a couple. Dixon seemed to inspire his opening partner and it was tough going but the scoreboard was ticking. Graham after surviving 6.5 over of Dixon then got bowled with a beauty off the last ball of his spell but 37-1 off 14 was a steady start. Steve then began to accelerate and was joined by Dave Blowers who started to find his form. The score progressed to 87 when Dave was caught and was quickly joined by Stuart Gould who didn't trouble the scorers. Clive Haywood and Steve put on 38 before a slightly tired shot saw Steve out Lbw for a fine 63. New Boy WC Grace, sorry Andy King was quickly stumped and John Glover attached the bowling at the end to increase the score up to 181-5. On a decent pitch the score looked a touch light but bearing in mind the quality of the opening spell it could have been a lot worse especially without the determination of Graham and Steve.
 
Steve Turrell - 63
Clive Haywood - 47no
 
Leon Clarke then opened the bowling and forgot that it had finally dried after bowling a bar of soap last week and Stokes immediately went on the attack. Graham Sly bowled with little luck and after a couple of overs Leon found his range. At 39-0 Leon bowled Stokes and immediately had Sheppard lbw for a duck, so  39-2 and things were looking up. Paul Clarke and Andy King took up the attack but we're on the end of an aggressive onslaught from Clayton and the opener Prudden was doing a sensible job at the other end. Clayton had plundered 45 when he was finally bowled by King but he damage was done. Despite a good effort by Harry Ratcliffe and Steve Turrell, Turner and Prudden saw Fladbury home with 17 overs to spare. In the end the Fladbury bowling was the difference but another enjoyable match at a cracking ground
 
Leon Clarke - 8-0-38-2
Andy King - 3-0-31-1

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