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The Boots on the Other Foot

Last Updated: Jul 16, 2015 05:01pm
Rowington, Warwick
By Steve Jay
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Rowington travelled to Kineton on Saturday and in blazing sunshine skipper Scott Rogers did the usual and lost the toss so Rowington were once again this year asked to bowl first.
Dunnant and Brown opened for Kineton against the R's Steve Jay and Sam Turrell and they made swift progress to 30 with an outfield that was rock hard and boundaries flowed, Turrell eventually managed to get Brown (5) to push one up to Matt Williams who easily caught it but it was Dunnant who was causing the problems. 
Briggs came in and managed to escape his shackles to help Dunnant get past the 50 mark and move briskly towards the ton, a couple of dropped catches helped their cause and then Andy Shaw came on to replace Jay and he soon got Dunnant (53) to pull one to Jay at backward square and he pouched a fine catch ( making up for his previous miss) and Dunnant trudges back.
 I would mention the score but the Kineton scorers were not paying attention and the scorebook was about as up to date as the score board! So bear with me!
Cooper comes in but shows little magic and Matt Williams runs him out for 2, Millard decides to charge Sahw but only succeeds in giving him a return catch and he's gone for a duck, Briggs is still there.
In comes Dicksey and he whistles up a few runs and helps Briggs to get past the 125 mark but then top edges to Ben Skillings off Alex Dean for 28 and that brings Stephens to the crease.
Rogers brings himself on and although Stephens is getting runs Briggs is tiring and he holes out to Joe Kelly off Rogers for a fine 54, James comes in but Alex Dean bowls him for a duck and Cowley looks anything but professional as he gets bowled by Rogers for another duck, Stephens is still scoring but running out of partners, Gower gets run out for another duck and Strong sticks around to see Kineton reach the last over when he also gets run out for 3 and Stephens is left stranded on 32 not out, Kineton 181 all out.
 
Jay            7    0    28    0
Turrell       5    0    34    1
Wiliams   10    0    46    0
Shaw       10    2    36    2
Dean         7    2    25    2
Rogers      5    0    22    2
 
An unpredictable outfield helped the score move along but a good performance considering the R's were 4 missing from last weeks team but  for a couple of catches sticking the score could have been a lot lower.
So after a rather pleasant tea the Rowington openers began their chase, Alex Smith and Joe Kelly  put on 55 before Smith was caught of Millard for 29, Scott Rogers was starved of the face but managed 12 when he was caught on the boundary off Stephens for 12 and it was 77 - 2.
Ben Skillings joins Kelly but then Kelly decides to charge Dunnant and he's stumped for 24, 79 - 3.
Sam Lange comes in for his first game in the one's and unfortunately gets bowled for a duck and Sam Turrell gets his legs in the way of his second ball and he's also off for a duck, both going to Dunnant its 84 - 5.
Rowington have 16 overs to get 98 runs, 
Skilling is joined by Alex Dean and together they push on but with the score on 138 Skilling gets bowled by Millard for 39, so Matt Williams come s in and watches Dean take 18 off a Brown over but gets bowled on the last ball for 35, the score is on 156 and there are 4 overs to go, Rowington need 26 off 4, in comes Steve Jay.
Jay and Williams add a couple off the first two balls then Williams gets caught off Millard, 158 - 8.
Anthony Baldrick Collins comes in and with Jay they move the score to 173 despite all players being on the boundary! There is one over to go and Rowington need 9 runs, Jay is facing, he gets a single off he first ball and Collins does the same off the next, there are 4 balls remaining and 7 runs needed.
Jay can't do much against the third ball but tries to hit a boundary off the fourth and alas is caught out trying and he's gone for 14,  Rowington need 7 off 2 balls with Shaw coming in, he manages a single and its down to Collins to hit a six to win the game.......he tries but it drops short and only a single is taken as Kineton win by 4 runs.
 
Millard    3 - 35
Dunnant    3 - 20
Stephens    1 - 32
Brown        2 - 46
 
A good attempt by Rowington to chase a reasonable target, with four batsmen out it was always going to be hard but in the end a little bit of luck and the result could have gone their way, 
Ashton under hill next week and the four are back!

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