2018 Reports - and so it begins.........

Rowington II v Overbury II

Cotswold Hills Division 5 – 12th May 2017

Welcome Back Eike

With a few players away the R’s welcomed Overbury for their first home game of the season and with a good looking track they were not too disappointed to be put in to bat. Steve Turrell was joined this week at the top of the order by Adam Covell and they started solidly against an accurate opening Overbury attack. They had reached 42 off 14 overs when Adam was bowled by Patel for 16 which included a couple of glorious 4’s. Eike Gilbert sporting a surfers look had dusted the cobwebs off his kit and looked like he had never been away and immediately set about the Overbury bowlers including a 6 into next doors garden. Steve also found his timing with a flurry of boundaries and the score was progressing well and it was a surprise when Steve got a leading edge and Hayden snapped him up caught and bowled for an excellent 41. Marcus Miles joined Eike but was quickly caught off Turner. This brought Clive Haywood to the crease who sat at the other end watching Eike hit the ball round the ground and turning the odd three into a two. Eventually Eike was out to a very sharp caught and bowled but he had taken the score up to 176 and personally scored a subline 74. His departure prompted Clive into life and he generally hit the ball to the short boundary at cow corner and was bowled off the very last ball for 42 and the R’s finished on 214-5

Eike Gilbert – 74

Clive Haywood – 42

Steve Turrell – 41

After a sumptuous tea from Mrs Turrell the R’s took to the field and Steve Turrell and Billy Sly opened the bowling and did exactly as required giving nothing away and the Overbury openers were only 29 off the first 10 and the required run rate was starting to increase. With Overbury looking to up the run rate Billy had Higgins caught at mid wicket by Marcus Miles. Steve finished his 6 over spell only having given away 8 runs and Billy 20 off his 7. They were replaced by Eike and Phil Meade and they continued the good work and Eike got his just rewards getting the other opener Turner superbly caught with a low diving effort by Marcus. At 15 overs the drizzle set in and this was making it difficult for the bowlers, however they stuck to their task backed up phenomenally by the 4 youngsters in the field namely Luke and Scott Haywood, Harry Ratcliffe and Marcus. Eike then clean bowled Overbury skipper Brunt and at 45-3 off 19 the R’s were in the ascendancy. However, Bramley and Westmore then changed the game, batting sensibly and putting away anything loose however the bowling was accurate enough so that the required run rate was hovering around 7 but still well in reach. With Eike and Phil finishing their spells and Billy not fit to finish his overs then the skipper turned to his young son Scott and bowled himself at the other end. The game then changed back towards the R’s in the space of two overs as Billy Sly took a steepler on the boundary off Haywood Snr to account for Bramley for an excellent 55 and then Scott picked up Westmore for 47 with a brilliant catch at deep square by that man Gilbert. With Overbury having to attack and Clive bowling very slow and straight he clean bowled two in his next over with them not appreciating just how slowly he can bowl and then Steve Turrell got his just deserves in his first over back and it was then a tough task for Overbury. Clive then pulled off the same trick again with another clean bowled and Steve wrapped it up with his second and the R’s ran out winners by 50 runs.

The margin of victory doesn’t reflect how close the match actually was before Overbury lost their last 7 wickets for 20 runs. Eike’s all round performance and the fielding of the team’s younger element was the difference in good game against very personable opposition.

Steve Turrell      7.3-3-14-2

Billy Sly               7-1-20-1

Eike Gilbert        10-1-43-2

Phil Meade        10-0-48-0

Scott Haywood  3-0-22-1

Clive Haywood  3-1-3-4

Rowington 1st XI v FISSC

Opening day woes for the R’s…

Rowington’s Firsts kicked off the 2018 campaign by hosting FISSC at home. On a lovely warm bank holiday weekend “captain” Sam Turrell spent the weekend away with his new girlfriend meaning Matt Williams was promoted to lead the R’s in their season opener. With all the rain over the preceding weeks and months, winning the toss looked vital - FISSC won it and sent the R’s into bat on a wet and boggy outfield.

Rowington’s usual opening partnership of Smith and Page started proceedings. Bizarrely, Smith hit 8 runs off the opening over leaving the growing crowds stunned. Page followed up Smith’s quick start by launching the new ball for six and losing it. This soon back fired as the spare ball was rumoured to swing more than the original. This led to Page’s demise as he was bowled by M Glover for 12 runs. This left the R’s on 20 for 1.

Scott Rogers arrived at the crease with his team mates expecting big things from the veteran all-rounder. Having stated that he would have to leave early due to other commitments, we didn’t quite realise he included the first innings as well. Another wicket for Glover saw Rogers return the pavilion contributing no runs to the board.

The under 13’s star Oliver Evans now entered the fray looking to bat like he did on the final day of last season. Normality had now resumed, as at the other end Smith’s runs had dried up. Knowing this slow rate of scoring could jeopardise his chances of being in the T20 Sunday side, he decided to try and show off his 20/20 capabilities to impress the on-looking Sunday captain. Unsurprisingly, this led to Smith (14) being caught at long on with score now at 36-3.

Skillings in his usual lethargic manner headed out to the crease. After finding out Sam Turrell has now taken the reputation for the most whipped player in the club from him, he looked relaxed. However, after facing just two deliveries he was demanding a drink. Whether he was calling for H2O or HPA it was hard to tell. However, the pavilion presumed it was the latter. Evans and Skillings formed a crucial partnership of 47 runs. This was ended when FISSC brought on L Glover. With his suspect blonde highlights, Glover sent Evans (29) packing leaving the R’s on 83 for 4.

By this point Skillings was getting hungry. Knowing that if he was to stay in till the end of the innings his chances of getting a good spot in the queue for teas could be blighted. With L Glover striking again, Skillings scurried back to the dressing room to prepare for his meal. Having batted for well over an hour, the self-proclaimed big hitter had managed just 8.

Two fresh faces were at the crease with score at 90 for 5. Marcus Miles and Adam Covell looked to form a similar partnership to the batsmen before them. However, distracted by the arrival of his girlfriend, Covell was out for a duck… that’s one way of impressing her. Thankfully for Rowington the next two batsmen are never troubled with girlfriend issues. Lange joined Miles for a couple of overs until Miles was bowled for 7 leaving the R’s on 99 for 7. The stand in captain joined Lange with both looking to stabilise the innings, and stake their claim as the new opening partnership. However, the ever stylish Lange was getting frustrated that he was yet to score a run off 14 deliveries and tried one of Smith’s specialist T20 shots. Lange was out.

Rowington did not worry though as they knew they had a professional French cricketer amongst their ranks. Andrew Shaw joined Williams in trying to see the R’s through to the 45th over. In the 38th over disaster struck as Williams (16) was bowled by Kane. With the score now at 121 for 9, Jay arrived looking a sprightly as ever. This didn’t last long as Jay was out for 1; leaving Shaw 1 not out.

The R’s had set a score of 122, with “extras” top scoring with a handy 34. This would take some impressive bowling to pull off any kind of result.

Jay was handed the new ball to start Rowington’s bowling innings. Looking like he’d been netting all winter Jay started superbly by going for very few runs. At the other end, having been hit for 6 on just his second ball, Williams struck Horswill on the pad. Everyone went up and the high pitched tones of Evans’ appeal could be heard even in Winchcombe. The umpire was convinced and raised his finger sending Horswill on his bike. Jay followed suit by bowling Gowda leaving FISSC 10 for 2. Was there hope for the R’s?

Jay, looking to prove why he should be in other people’s fantasy teams than just his own, got his second wicket of the day. One of his rapid away swingers took a snick on the way through and Evans held onto it behind the stumps. FISSC now on 17 for 3. Surely Rowington couldn’t pull off a miracle could they?

FISSC, with L Glover and Stokes at the crease now looked like they had a solid partnership. Various bowling changes could do little to break their resistance, coupled with the loss of Rogers in the field meant soon the task looked too much. With eight overs spare FISSC reached the required score to claim the points. The R’s ultimately paid the price for not setting a big enough score.

S Jay9-2 off 10 - Less than a run an over!

M Williams 33-1 off 9 – Important early breakthrough. Perhaps ended his initial spell a touch early.

S Rogers 19-0-7 - Unlucky to have no further reward

S Lange 40-0 off 6.1 – Running out of runs to play with

A Shaw 22-0 off 7 – Classic Shaw performance. 

Rowington II v Alcester & Ragley II

Cotswold Hills Division 5 – 5th May 2017

Promising Signs but the R’s Fall Short

With neither side having played this year, on winning the toss the R’s skipper decided to field to ease his side into the season. Despite the recent weather the Alcester groundsman had done a fantastic job and prepared a decent looking track which the openers Woolly and Wiggett used well steadily building a total. The run rate was being kept in check by accurate bowling by Leon Clarke and Billy Sly. Some things never change and when you need a wicket give the ball to Steve Turrell. After a couple of overs to warm up he was bowling well and his specialist half tracker was pulled to midwicket where unusually Clive Haywood took the catch and the opening partnership was a steady 60 off 19 overs. The Alcester skipper quickly departed being bowed by Billy and Steve got his second bowling opener Wiggett . Cooke and Bennett then batted well against some good bowling by young Scott Haywood and they put on 60 before Phil Meade made the breakthrough. It took Leon to bowl Cooke for an excellent 43 and then Phil Meade picked up two more, one bowled and one superbly caught by Harry Ratcliffe. The three 14 year olds in the field were excellent with Luke Haywood behind the sticks and Scott Haywood and Michael Deery covering every blade of grass making up for  some of the slightly older players. Alcester finished on 179-7 which looked a reasonable total with the outfield still being soft.

A fine tea was enjoyed with the entertainment provided by the R’s skipper tipping a cup of tea into his lap.

Leon Clarke        10-2-20-1

Billy Sly               10-1-31-1

Steve Turrell      9-2-29-2

Phil Meade        7-0-38-3

Steve Turrell and Des Walsh opened and faced a strong opening Alcester attack and were getting into their work when Steve was adjudged LBW. Wiggett was in a golden spell and quickly clean bowled Dave Blower and Leon Clarke and it was three wickets lost in one over and the R’s were reeling at 15-3. Des started to find his timing and with Clive Haywood propping up the other end they started to rebuild and took it to 61 before a stunning catch accounted for Des for a fine 33. Billy Sly smashed two quick sixes and Alcester started to worry with the target now under 100. Clive was caught behind with a diving juggling catch by the keeper and with only the youngsters (and Phil Meade) remaining was there enough support for Billy. In fact the youngsters provided the spark with 14 year old Luke Haywood, after keeping superbly in the heat, still had the energy to set about the Alcester bowlers and quickly got to 20 before being done by a slower slow ball. 17 year old Harry Ratcliffe then carried on the mantle and played shots around the park for 19no. In the end the top order had not set a good enough platform and despite the best efforts of the lower order the R’s finished 18 runs short. Credit to some excellent bowling by Alcester especially Wiggett 3-18 and Magnall 2-13

Des Walsh – 33

Billy Sly – 43no

Luke Haywood – 20

Harry Ratcliffe – 19no

All's well that ends well.............

For the final game of the season, Rowington visited Warwick CC and after finally winning a toss, S. Turrell elected to field.

With George away, the skipper forgot why he had become a spin bowler, and opened with himself alongside Jay.  Turrell’s first over went well however, even seeing a tough chance go down in the slips, but his second over went for 13 runs. At the other end Jay was continuing his recent good form and causing the Warwick openers trouble, despite the quickly deteriorating ball and lack of swing. Eventually Turrell decided he wasn’t actually an opening bowler, by which point Warwick were 55-0 from 12, with Turrell having gone for 44 of the runs. Williams was brought into the attack and with a wicket cup to win, he had immediate affect getting the dangerous Jackman caught behind by Evans for 34. With that ,Evans had moved to 11 catches for the season and took control of the catching cup.    Shaw then replaced Jay who had toiled away, almost single handedly keeping the score down and like Williams, he too had a wicket in his first over, getting the other opener LBW for 32 and putting the pressure back on Williams for the bowling cup.  But Williams soon had another wicket when he had the number three caught on the drive brilliantly by Rogers and its 74-3 off 18. Both bowlers continued well, but were kept out by the Warwick batsmen until the economical Shaw bowled Warwick’s number 5, leaving them 111-4 off 29, ensuring the first change bowlers had altered the momentum of the game. Warwick began attempting to increase the run rate, but in his final over, Shaw had the number 6 caught brilliantly by Miles at mid-on for 11, and Warwick were 142-5 off 34. Lange’s first few overs had been expensive but he eventually found his line and had Andrews caught expertly over his shoulder by J. Turrell for a fine 43. With that wicket, Rowington felt in control, but Warwick’s middle order came out swinging and were causing Rowington trouble. By the time Lange got his second wicket, bowling the number 8 for 18, Warwick were 215-7 after a partnership of 43 from the experienced middle order. With the skipper back bowling at the death, he eventually had Edwards caught on 24 by Rogers and Warwick finished 223 -8 off 45.

Jay  0-22-8 – Good performance with little swing. Failed to build enough pressure without George.

S. Turrell 1-60-9 – Expensive opening spell, came back well at the death

Williams 2-52-10 – Bowled well and cemented the bowling cup

Shaw 3-21-10 – A brilliant spell, shame he went AWOL for most of the season

Lange 2-53-8 – Expensive to begin with but came back well

With Warwick setting what seemed like an above par score, Rowington needed their top order to score some big runs. With Smith looking solid at one end, Page began scoring in boundaries as he so often does, and scored an impressive 26, before being given out LBW much to his dismay. Rogers came to the crease knowing he only had to outscore S. Turrell to win the batting cup, but he managed just 7 before being caught and Rowington were 50-2 off 11. With the pressure now falling on the skipper, he looked to take on the spinners, but scored only 10 before being bowled. With Smith still blocking out at one end, Miles (12) came to the crease and started well but was unfortunate to pick out the fielder with a well hit pull shot. By the time Smith had scored his solid, but somewhat patient 50 (in the 36th over), Rowington were far behind the run rate, and Smith finally decided to increase his strike rate. But having added just one more run, he was caught for 51 and Rowington were 163-5 off 38 overs.  All hopes of a result seemed to have disappeared, with Rowington needing another 61 off 7 overs, but young Evans who was averaging just 3.5, had other ideas. He played brilliantly, and constructed a fine innings at a run a ball before starting to hit boundaries. With J. Turrell now joining him, they both continued to pile on late runs, and Evans went on to score his first ever league half century, despite leaving himself vulnerable to a run out with his celebrations. With a big crowd watching on, Evans and Turrell had given Rowington a chance, moving the score to 216 off 44 overs. Rowington needed 8 runs to win off the final 6 balls and Warwick turned to their experienced captain who was playing his last game for the club. In a brilliant finish, and a story line suitable for sky sports, the game came down to Rowington needing 2 runs to win off the final ball. Just 1 run was scored and the game was tied. A brilliant final game of the season enjoyed by all and some brilliant batting by Evans who finished on 58 and was accompanied by Turrell who finished 29 not out.

Rowington II v Welford

Cotswold Hills Division 5 – 2nd September 2017

Sly ends on a High

The last visitors of the season to Rowington were the inform Welford who had won 5 of their last 6 games and on winning the toss put the R’s into bat. With the pitch looking as excellent as ever this did not seem a problem, however opening bowler Fawcett found some inswing and opener Ben Skillings and number 3 Dave Blowers were both bowled by near identical balls and it’s a disastrous start as the R’s are 1-2. Des Walsh and Clive Haywood then started to rebuild and slowly moved the score forward and then started to accelerate with Des especially harsh on anything short including a fine 6 over midwicket. At the half way point the pair had put on 83 before Des edged a full-blooded drive to slip where that man Fawcett clung onto an excellent catch. Jamie Haywood joined his Dad and despite not really having batted this year started to get into his stride including a fine four backward of square. However, after the pair had put on another 20, Jamie lost patience against the accurate spin of Lane and was bowled looking to hit him over the top. Billy Sly joined Clive and immediately upped the tempo with a series of sixes and fours and with Clive ticking over at the other end the score went past 150 and Clive past 50. With two overs left Clive looked to copy Billy but missed the ball and was bowled for a steady 54. Jeff Rogers then showed his pace sprinting several 2’s with Billy and the innings finished on 173 which was a decent effort considering the start, with Billy undefeated on a fantastic 45.

Clive Haywood – 54

Des Walsh – 47

Billy Sly – 45no.

Although the score seemed at least 25 short based on the quality of the wicket, the R’s were in good cheer following another fine tea from Mrs Haywood. Billy Sly resumed his opening partnership with Leon Clarke as the inform Steve Turrell had been taken ill on the morning of the game and was unable to play and challenge for the bowling cup (was one behind). Billy’s first ball was a rank full toss on leg stump and opener Allen’s eyes lit up as he smashed it backward of square but 13 year old Luke Haywood had different ideas and perfectly took the catch and the R’s were on their way. Leon, who was 3 wickets behind in the bowling cup reduced his arrears by bowling Fawcett taking out his off stump and Welford are 15-2. Malone joined his skipper Gough and he quickly smashed most balls to the boundary. On 23 he hit a ball flat (like a tracer bullet) to mid on but the R’s couldn’t hang onto the catch. Billy continued his fine afternoon and bowled Gough and then bowled Tyler and at 55-4 meant the R’s were on top. Malone was joined by Ed Gough and they picked off anything off line or length and just kept scoring. The bowling was rotated with Ben Skillings and Jamie Haywood challenging the batsmen and Jamie was unlucky not to get a stumping as the superb Jeff Rogers had another close one given not out. With Welford still requiring another 30 odd runs, leading wicket taker (yes seriously 

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