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Rowington II XI Finish 30 Short

Rowington II v Winchcombe II

Last Updated: Jul 6, 2016 09:17pm
Rowington, Warwick
By Clive Haywood
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Rowington II v Winchcombe II
Cotswold Hills Div 5 - 2nd July 2016

The ten good men and true of Rowington made the long trip to the exquisite setting of Winchcombe. With limited bowling the R's won the toss and thought it may be easier to chase than defend, so inserted the W's on a good pitch and the outfield looking as quick as ever. Lewis and Keylock opened brightly and the fast outfield was taking its toll as any edge raced away for 4 and with a fielder short there were a few gaps left unplugged. Leon Clarke and Graham Sly continued to plug away but the score had steadily increased to 46 in the 12th over before Keylock played an uncharacteristic loose shot and was bowled by Graham. A change of bowling saw Steve Turrell's first ball drop half way down the track only for Lewis to cut it straight to Graham Slay at deep point. Hearty congratulations all round from the team and even Leon through gritted teeth who had bowled 8 overs for very few runs and no luck. The R's problem started when the bowling situation was such that Clive Haywood had to bowl which is never a good sign. He bowled in tandem with Jamie Haywood who on return from GSCE duty hadn't picked up a ball for 12 months. Ant Parker and Robbie Von Seckendorff put on a master class of batting at Winchcombe and patiently put away any bad ball and defended the good. RVS got to a deserved 100 before immediately getting caught off Haywood Jnr, who was bowling off the rust, by Adam Covell. He then followed it up by getting Parker stumped for a fine 92 aided by the ever young Naz behind the stumps. Leon Clarke then returned to clean up two quick wickets and Winchcombe finished on 290-6 set up by the second wicket partnership of 181.

Leon Clarke      - 10-2-29-2
Jamie Haywood -  7-0-64-2
Graham Sly      - 10-0-53-1
Steve Turrell       - 8-2-52-1

After the best tea of the year Graham Sly and John Lange set about the Winchcombe openers with gusto and were scoring at 10 an over. The only downside was that John pulled a fetlock diving after running in confusion when he thought he was going to be caught. Hampered by only being able to bat on one leg he was bowled for 35 but putting on 95 off 10 overs was the perfect start. Steve Turrell joined Graham and the scoring was slowed by accurate bowling by RVS and J. Lewis who bowled the ball of the game to remove Graham's off stump (umpires description) who departed for 58. John Glover was promoted to keep the scoring rate going but was bowled after a couple of excellent 4's. Skipper Haywood joined Steve and the rate was still only a run a ball and the game was still in the balance. Steve reached an untroubled 50 but was then soon removed caught and bowled by the wily bowling of Andrews. Dave Blower and Adam Covell continued to try to keep up the rate but it was ever increasing and when Clive Haywood was out for a scratchy 49 it left too much the lower order. The R's finished 30 short which was a fine effort but as ever it was what could have been with one more player especially if they could bowl. 

Graham Sly - 58
Steve Turrell - 55
Clive Haywood - 49
John Lange - 35

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