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

And so it all ends....

And so another season goes by and a fantastic season for both teams, the firsts ending up a solid 4th despite losing the first three games and with Joe Turrell getting 3 tons, along with Adam Williams and Joe Kelly joining the ton club - it was a season to remember, great bowling by the first team stalwarts Steve Jay and Andy Shaw kept the R's in games that they probably should have lost with tight bowling and unusually (in Jays case), also taking wickets!! 

Matt Williams proved to be a devastating first change bowler with over 35 wickets in the season. Sam Turrell not far behind with just under 30.

Congratulations to Sam Turrell and Matt Williams who captained the team and get better every year.

Big congratulation to Clive Haywood the second team skipper who guided the two's to promotion to division 4, a great team performance and reputations restored with good friendly games fought hard but fair.

With a couple of new additions who knows what 2019 may throw up for the teams at Rowington.

Rowington II v Welford

Cotswold Hills Division 5 – 1st September 2018

Well Beaten but in Fine Voice

The final game of the season was away at Welford and, with promotion already sealed, the R’s were looking forward to an enjoyable afternoon. The pitch looked like it may break up later so it was no surprise that Welford won the toss and batted. With Billy Sly away Steve Turrell and Leon Clarke opened up and Steve was unlucky on several occasions to see inside edges miss the stumps. Leon got the first breakthrough bowling Allen and at 7-1 it was a good start. Dave Fawcett and Will Gough then batted well with Will batting carefully and Dave more aggressively with a feature being their excellent running between the wickets. Will got into his stride and pulled anything short to the legside boundary and the partnership was up to 144 when Dave went for one quick single too many and was superbly run out by Des Walsh with a direct hit. Cal Farrow then continued the positive approach and although given out lbw was reprieved when it was obvious there was an inside edge. This life gave him the freedom to plant anything loose into the next field. The R’s swopped around their bowlers with youngsters Harry Ratcliffe and Scott Haywood producing some fine deliveries and they finally got another wicket when Will was looking to pull to the short legside boundary but missed an inducker from young Scott Haywood and was out for an excellent 79. There was however no respite for the R’s as Will was replaced by Mark Weston who has had an excellent season averaging well over 100. However, you can’t keep down talent and Jeff Rogers had swopped the gloves and pads behind the sticks with young Luke Haywood and took over the mantle of demon strike bowler. The flight, swing and lack of pace was too much for Mark who was bowled for 17. Jeff then had several chances dropped (5 in total!) before he got another wicket bowling Tyler. Cal was continuing on his merry way with a regular supply of spare balls being required. In his search for this ton he ran out G. Mason who seemed decidedly unimpressed and then Cal was run out himself by the ever agile Leon Clarke for a superb 98. This left the R’s chasing a daunting 309, however, their mood was greatly eased with a very fine end of season tea produced by Richard Vos.

Leon Clarke 9-2-22-1

Steve Turrell 10-0-55-0

Clive Haywood 3-0-26-0

John Barnicote – 6-0-46-0

Harry Ratcliffe – 7-0-68-0

Scott Haywood – 5-0-40-1

Jeff Rogers – 5-0-41-2

Adam Covell and Des Walsh took up the challenge but the wily Victor Khumalo and accurate H Mason were not giving anything away. Des edged and was caught in the slips and its 10-1. Recent addition John Barnicote, who has been away from cricket for a while, then strode to the crease and showed a glimpse of his potential, smashing a quick fire 16 all in boundaries. He then tried the same to a decent length ball and skied one and was caught.

Adam was the next to go being given out lbw which explained why he came in thinking he was out caught behind but claiming he hadn’t hit it. Clive Haywood and Marcus Miles had had previous success against Welford and they were ticking along but in trying to up the run rate with an attitude of better to go down fighting, Clive was caught and bowled by Victor and Marcus bowled by Lane. Steve Turrell was then bowled by Mark Weston who was extracting significant turn from the wicket. Young Luke Haywood, who had cooled down after a fine stint keeping under a helmet in the sun, looked to be continuing his fine recent form but Mark pitched one outside off and Luke was surprised to lose his leg stump. Harry Ratcliffe smote a fine 4 but was another to be undone by Mark and when Jeff Rogers was bang infront to Lane the writing was on the wall. Scott Haywood fell to a stunning catch at short cover and Welford ran out winners by a lot.

Not quite the finish to the season the R’s had hoped but this didn’t dampen their celebrations and by the end of the evening all were loving angels instead.

John Barnicote 16

Marcus Miles 12

Rowington II v Alcester & Ragley II

Cotswold Hills Division 5 – 25th August 2018

Des, Luke and the bowlers see the R’s up.

The last home game of the season saw the visitors being Alcester and Ragley who so far this season had beaten the R’s twice. With a few showers around and clouds overhead it was no surprise when Alcester won the toss and decided to bowl. The Alcester young opening pair of Will Noyes and Rowan Magnall kept Adam Covell and Des Walsh in check and in the second over Adam couldn’t resist a short wide one and could only toe-end it to Jason Lowe in the covers. The two continued their excellent opening spell and started with 4 maidens and it was not until the 8th over when Des let loose, cracking three consecutive fours. Steve Turrell hit one four but then missed a straight one from Will Noyes and the R’s were in trouble at 34-2. Things got worse when Stewart Jordan also fell lbw to Michael Bennet and it was only Des who was keeping Rowington in the game. Clive Haywood failed to respond quick enough to a call for a sharp single and not for the first time in his life was caught short and was run out. When Billy Sly was caught by an absolute stunning catch in the gulley by Mark Woolly then at 80-5 off 24 it looked bleak for the R’s to see out the remaining overs. However, despite his tender years, Luke Haywood showed great maturity and reigned in his attacking instinct and was only intent on supporting Des who was continuing in sublime style. As the overs ticked by the score continued to steadily increase and Luke started to pick off anything loose. With the partnership having gone past 50 and a century beckoning, Des was increasing the scoring rate but when he reached 93, Jason Lowe deceived him with a lack of pace and Des skied one and Jason took the catch to end a magnificent innings. Luke then set about the bowling and running Jeff Rogers ragged but was also undone by Jason and was caught by Mark Woolly in the gulley. Luke’s brother Scott was also deceived by Jason and departed being stumped and Jeff Rogers played on to give Jason a five-wicket haul. This left Leon Clarke and Phil Meade to see the R’s past 150 but the call of the bar was too great for Phil and he departed and the R’s finished on 149 which considering the track, was at least 50 under par and indebted to Des and Luke as the next highest score off the bat was 4!

Des Walsh – 93

Luke Haywood - 22

Cheered by a fine tea from Helen Rogers the Rowington team had faith in their bowlers as they had performed all year to put the team in a promotion pushing position. Leon Clarke gave the team the perfect start as his first ball was outside off and Mark Woolly inside edged onto his offstump. In Billy Sly’s second over it was a case of déjà vu for many batsmen this year as a big inswinger breached the defence of young Felix Slaughter and Alcester were 6-2. Leon and Billy continued to give nothing away and Ian Biddle, after top edging into his chest, next ball played on to give Leon his second wicket. Things got better when Leon bowled an absolute jaffa when a ball seamed through the defences of Dave Swinburn to knock over his poles and it’s 12-4 and this brought the R’s right back into the game. Michael Bennett and Will Noyes then put up good resistance, but Michael was taking risks walking across his stumps to glance Billy down to the fine leg boundary, unfortunately he missed one and was caught infront. A couple of balls later, Dave Magnall also missed one and was caught on the back leg bang infront and it’s 40-6 off 20. Billy and Leon both bowled through to finish excellent spells and were replaced by Clive Haywood and Phil Meade. Clive opened his pie shop but to no avail and his figures were only saved by the fielding of Steve Turrell and Stewart Jordan who rolled back the years to stop anything hit at them. Phil Meade then got his rewards when Dave Moulsen slapped one to cover where Adam Covell took a good sharp catch. Will Noyes had been batting well and was well supported by Emily Cooke but he called her for a two but the relay throw of Stewart to Adam to Phil meant that Emily was run out. Clive did the sensible thing and took himself off and replaced himself with a proper bowler, his son Scott. This immediately paid dividends as Scott clean bowled Rowan Magnall and when in the next over Will skied one off Phil for the ever-excellent Jeff Rogers to pouch another dismissal and Alcester were all out for 70 and Rowington won by 79 runs and with it, promotion with a game to spare.

Leon Clarke10-4-15-3

Billy Sly10-2-23-3

Clive Haywood4-0-15-0

Phil Meade4.2-0-8-2

Scott Haywood 1-0-6-1

Rowington II v Alvechurch and Hopwood III

Cotswold Hills Division 5 – 18th August 2018

Never Dull

With the visitors being Alvechurch you are guaranteed that the game will not be boring, as they are a good bunch who only play the game one way and that is to attack. It was therefore no surprise that with a flat track, on winning the toss the visitors chose to bat. The divisions leading run scorer Charanjit Singh and S. Sandeep opened up and from the first ball found the boundary taking 10 off Leon Clarke’s first over. By the second over from Billy Sly the field was already spread round the boundary and after another 4, Billy picked up Sandeep caught at midwicket incompetently by Clive Haywood who jumped, landed and then caught the ball over his head. N. Singh come to the crease and showed no respect to Leon as he belted his first ball for 6 and his next for 4, but Leon had his revenge as he shuffled right across his stumps and was caught bang in front and after 3 overs its 30-2. There was then a period of relative calm but in the 7th over Leon had Ravi Singh lbw and next ball Owen Smith saw his offstump cartwheel out of the ground as Leon found some extra zip and it’s 41-4. In Billy’s next over Harpreet Singh who had nearly swung himself off his feet trying to hit his first ball also nearly decapitating Jeff Rogers behind the stumps as the bat slipped out of his hand, was bowled and Peter Taylor was then unlucky as a forward defensive shot span back with just enough pace to dislodge the leg stump bail so 41-6 after 8. Meanwhile Charanjit was striking the ball well at the other end and he was joined by skipper Billal Malik who had taken the R’s bowlers to task earlier in the season. However, with wickets tumbling this pressure meant he changed his game and was trying to get Charanjit on strike and attempted a suicidal run but was no match for Steve Turrell who smartly picked up the ball at midwicket and his return was gathered by Leon to run him out. Charanjit was protecting the tail turning down easy singles and with the field spread for the first five balls in the over was brought up for the sixth and the temptation was too great as he smashed the ball but in the air to a mid off where Des Walsh snaffled the catch. Leon was replaced by Scott Rogers and he bowled impeccably and the Alvechurch bats decided it was time to defend and played out 7 maidens. Deciding that something different was required Scott took a leaf out of the skippers book and on the last ball of his over threw in a pie which Embury couldn’t resist but only managed to chop on leaving Scott considering taking over the role of chief pie chucker next year. Steve Turrell took over from Billy and was unlucky to have one flashed through the slip region but it was all over in the 23rd over as Scott picked up his second when Dan Newby slapped it cover where Luke Haywood calmly took the catch. In what can only be described as a most interesting 23 overs Alvechurch were all out for 67.

Leon Clarke- 7-1-34-3

Billy Sly – 10-4-21-4

Scott Rogers – 4.4-3-1-2

Steve Turrell – 1-0-4-0

With it a bit early for tea the Rowington openers of Des Walsh and Scott Rogers strode out to face the Alvechurch openers. After a watchful start Des and Scott got into their stride and started to pick off the loose balls and after 5 overs had reached 20. The Alvechurch openers had started to lose heart and Charanjit Singh’s last over went for 18 and there was then a series of boundaries and it was over in 10 overs and a Rowington win by 10 wickets with the game only lasting 33 overs. The consolation was all the players could fully enjoy the sumptuous tea prepared by Sarah Turrell without having to worry about batting or bowling afterwards.

Another fine all-round performance from the R’s with the bowling of Leon and Billy to the fore with Billy taking his tally to 34 wickets for the season.

Scott Rogers 28no

Des Walsh28no

Rowington II v Warwick III

Cotswold Hills Division 5 – 11th August 2018

Wet Wet Win

2nd placed Rowington turned up in a promotion match with 3rd placed Warwick to find a very green track with several patches of weeds on a length and with rain forecast later in the day it was with relief that they won the toss and bowled. Leon Clarke carried on his fine form of last week and had opener Singh superbly stumped by Jeff Rogers (his 8th of the year and many more not given) and it was a perfect start. Things got better when Patel tried to pull a ball which was not short enough and he skied it to Marcus Miles who took the catch. Young Tom Spencer played some excellent shots especially square of the wicket but he smashed one off Billy Sly above the head of Scott Haywood at cover but he was equal to the task and took an excellent catch to make it 36-3. Scott Rogers replaced Leon and immediately removed the middle stump of Katira and the R’s were on top. However, this brought the inform Prashantha Panja Narasimha to the crease to join the experienced Paul Coleman. Prash decided attack was the best form of defence hitting his first ball for 6. He then set about Steve Turrell who had replaced Billy Sly targeting the short leg side boundary and the score was accelerating. Clive Haywood came on to see if he could buy a wicket with his pies but it was Scott Rogers who made the break through when Coleman (44) gloved one through to Jeff Rogers ending a fine stand of 79. Three overs later and Prash (52) didn’t get hold of a slow full toss from Clive and that man Marcus took a sound catch at cow corner. Scott Haywood replaced the other Scott and was keeping the score in check and was rewarded when Steve Webb smashed it to mid off where Des Walsh stumbled and slipped but hung on superbly and it’s 144-7. Scott got his second when Steve Turrell took another good catch at cover and the R’s were looking to get maximum bowling points. Scott Rogers returned and had Spall caught by Marcus who took his third catch of the game but Luke Webb and Evans saw out the final overs and got the score to 166-9. The R’s bowlers stuck well to their task and stayed patient and were aided by good catching and fielding.

Leon Clarke8-3-19-2

Billy Sly10-2-25-1

Scott Rogers10-2-31-3

Steve Turrell3-0-30-0

Clive Haywood10-0-44-1

Scott Haywood 4-0-13-2

With rain forecast the R’s started positively with Scott Rogers and Des Walsh targeting the shorter boundary crashing several 4’s and one massive 6 from Des. They were scoring at 7 an over when Des chopped on for 18 and this brought Steve Turrell to the crease. He and Scott continued in the same vein with Steve playing exquisitely square of the wicket and Scott showing all his class. At 10 overs the R’s were well on their way to chasing down the total at 77-1. The partnership had reached 48 in just over 6 overs when, as the rain started, Scott was looking to push on and was caught for a fine 36. Steve continued to smash the boundaries but played round a straight one and was out lbw for 30 (28 in 4’s). Marcus Miles and Clive Haywood took up the task and Marcus took Prasha for 16 in one over before being caught for a quick fire 20 and the rain was continuing to fall. Warwick were excellent in their attitude and despite the conditions and the game slipping away (quite literally) continued to play on. Clive Haywood and Billy Sly did what they have been doing all season and batted well to chase down the target using up a touch of luck in that Warwick struggled to catch what was now a bar of soap. The final runs came in the 28th over with the positive batting of the top order (68% of the runs in boundaries) and the fine sportsmanship of the Warwick players meant the R’s ran out winners by 6 wickets.

Scott Rogers 36

Steve Turrell30

Clive Haywood 25no

Billy Sly21no

Marcus Miles 20

Des Walsh18

Rowington II v Catherine de Barnes II

Cotswold Hills Division 5 – 4th August 2018

Devastating Des

After the washout last week, it was good that normal service was resumed with a glorious afternoon and a flat Rowington track awaiting. The home side won the toss and, although the top order has been misfiring of late, the skipper kept the faith and chose to bat. Adam Covell immediately set about the Catney opening bowlers smashing 4 fours to get the R’s off to a flying start, however he changed his mind over his shot on a short ball from Ali Khan and was snapped up in the covers for an entertaining 16. There then came a game changing moment as opposition skipper Ammo Sandhu went to mankad Des in the fifth over with no warning (although not necessary under the laws of cricket) which Des considered ungentlemanly conduct and not in the spirit of the Cotswold league and was not shy in telling him so. Normality resumed, but this put a certain amount of resolve into Des who batted with a certain determination. Dave Blowers hit a quick 14 but went back to Tony Ali and was plumb in front. Marcus Miles looked assured and picked off the bad ball but, typically for his season, was out to a stunning caught and bowled which meant it was 92 for 3 off 19 which was a decent position with Des cruising on 30no. Clive Haywood unusually started with a flurry of fours and he and Des set about picking off the Catney change bowlers. Des started to accelerate and was particularly brutal on anything short and he raced past 50 and the pair had put on 107 when Des on 97 picked up a half volley on leg stump but unfortunately straight to deep midwicket. A superb knock which deserved a ton but which had put the R’s in a strong position of 199-4 with 10 overs still left. Billy Sly smashed a six and a four before missing a straight one and Catney started to fight back tying the R’s down in the final overs. Luke Haywood joined his Dad and Catney made the mistake of bringing the field in to a young lad, so Luke promptly stroked a four behind point and then picked off three further fours through square. Clive picked out long on trying to go to his fifty in style and it was left to Luke and Jeff rogers to take the R’s up to their highest total of the season in 256.

Des Walsh 97

Clive Haywood 49

Luke Haywood 20no.

The day got even better with a Tamzin tea and the R’s were in fine spirits taking to the field. Leon Clarke and Billy Sly did that they have done all season and gave the Catney batsman nothing to hit and Billy carried on in his stunning season taking out the off stump of Nanee. Leon was giving nothing away and then found the way to take wickets which was a rank leg side full toss which Carl Gallimore hit straight to David Blower at square leg who calmly took the catch above his head. Leon’s day then got better as he yorked Kaku for a duck and after Umesh Singh had put Billy over his head for a couple of boundaries Leon went back to his now tried and tested method of dismissal as Singh topped edged a full toss to Marcus Miles who took the catch and increased his lead in the catching cup. At 33-4 off 15 it was now a big ask for Catney but Avon Jheeto was batting well. Phil Meade and Clive Haywood replaced Billy and Leon and luckily Phil was bowling accurately as Clive struggled to bowl it on the right track. Clive somehow bowled Akbar Khan but was struggling so he took himself off to be replaced by a younger more accurate version and Scott Haywood soon got success bowling Ali Khan. Phil Meade then got his rewards bowling Ammo Sandhu and having Tony Ali caught by Billy Sly. Scott finished his fine spell and was replaced by Clive who eventually started to bowl on the correct strip. Phil then deceived Jheeto with another fine flighted delivery and he skied it long off where Luke Haywood ran around to take a fine catch. One wicket to get and after a couple of lusty blows by Rehman, Clive beat him with the slowness of his flight and he was stumped by the ever reliable fast hands of Jeff Rogers.

The R’s ran out winners by 110 runs and produced their most complete all-round team performance of the year with bat, ball and in the field all set up by a magnificent innings by Des and then the fine bowling of Leon and the control and flight of Phil, all backed up by the youngsters in the field.

Leon Clarke – 8-3-5-3

Billy Sly – 10-1-26-1

Phil Meade – 10-1-43-3

Clive Haywood – 8-0-38-2

Scott Haywood – 5-0-23-1

Rowington II v Alvechurch and Hopwood III

July 21st 2018

Cotswold Hills Division 5

The R’s Hopping Mad

On another glorious Saturday the R’s won the toss and with the sun shining and a good-looking track having a bat seemed a good idea. Adam Covell and Des Walsh had to face the accurate opening pair of Jelly Singh and Dino Malik and Singh did for Adam and soon after Dave Blowers, both bowled with similar balls and the R’s were once again in early trouble. Des and Steve Turrell steadied the ship and Steve was quickly into his stride crashing a couple of 4’s through point. The Alvechurch changebowlers of Saad Mohammed and Affaq Ansar gave no let up and this opening four bowlers were the best attack the R’s have faced this year. Mohammed was extracting significant turn from his left arm offspin and this did for Des as he did well to get an edge through to the keeper. Steve was joined by Clive Haywood with both looking to bat long, however Steve had reached 16 when a short ball from Mohammed bounced and span and Steve could only guide it slip and the R’s in familiar trouble at 56-4. Not for the first time this season Billy Sly joined Clive and he immediately went on the attack and he was prepared to take on the spinners and launched a couple out of the ground. The pair had taken the score over a 100 and were looking to score heavily off the fifth bowler Caines when Billy miscued and was caught for 37. Luke Haywood joined his Dad who once again managed to damage his foot, but this seemed to spark him into life hitting Caines for several fours. This prompted the return of the opening bowlers and Malik bowled Clive who inside edged onto his offstump and then he cleaned up Jeff Rogers. Scott Haywood joined his brother and hit a fine 4 but both were out trying to accelerate at the end and when Phil Meade was bowled first ball the R’s were all out for a well below total of 156 in the 43rd over. Alvechurch bowled well but the R’s were lacking a few top order runs.

Clive Haywood 41

Billy Sly 37

After a splendid tea courtesy of Mrs Haywood the R’s were optimistic of making a game of it. Leon Clarke was unlucky to be on the end of a huge top edge which went for six but Billy Sly cleaned up Caines from the other end. Jelly Singh was playing his normal attacking game but that man Sly bowled him for 24 so the R’s were in with a chance. Carl and Hipkiss then batted sensibly and were taking the game away when Steve Turrell bowled Carl and when the quick hands of Jeff Rogers stumped Smith off Phil Meade then the game was in the balance. The R’s considered themselves a tad unlucky with a couple of LBW decisions and this definitely spiced up the atmosphere. Alvechurch Skipper Bilal Malik decided there was only one way to finish the game and that was quickly, smashing the ball to cow corner from ball one. Despite three fielders patrolling the area Bilal hit the ball sweetly and regularly avoided them. At the other end Steve had his dander up and bowled Singh and Dino Malik to make it interesting. However, in the end 156 was just not enough to defend and despite a valiant effort with the ball Alvechurch got home with 2 wickets and 15 overs to spare. A great captain’s knock from Bilal Malik of 31 with 5 fours and 2 sixes made the difference at the end.

Leon Clarke 6-0-26-0

Billy Sly 10-3-32-2

Steve Turrell 9.2-1-53-4

Phil Meade5-0-40-2

Rowington II v Overbury II

Cotswold Hills Division 5 –14th July 2018

Over and Out

The R’s were in buoyant mood travelling to the picturesque ground of Overbury and with the outfield appearing rapid and the sun shining, on winning the toss it seemed a no brainer to have a bat despite 3 of the regular top 6 being away.

Des Walsh looked resplendent as he strode out to face the first ball and slightly more dishevelled as he walked straight back as a quick yorker clipped his off stump. So, one ball one wicket, however Dave Blower was back at three and he had shown good form all year however 2nd over and a second wicket and the R’s in trouble. Young Harry Ratcliffe had been ably assisting the firsts so was given an opportunity at 4 and was proving immovable against the opening bowlers. At the other end Steve Turrell was watching the carnage and was continuing his fluent form and could this be the week he turned a good start into a big score. He reached 20 with an array of boundaries when a wide half tracker kept low and he dug it out off the middle of his bat unfortunately straight to cover and it’s 42-3 off 13.Harry was joined by the returning limping skipper Clive Haywood and they tried to rebuild. Harry was struggling to score but the partnership was growing and not giving away wickets was vital. In the 25th over Harry was caught and bowled but had done a sterling job in holding up an end. Luke Haywood joined his Dad, but, on picking the right ball to hit, didn’t clear deep square and was caught. George Redwood was next to the middle and was positive in his approach and soon set about the bowling. This prompted the O’s skipper to bring back his opening pair and George managed to nick one behind for a rapid 16. Jeff Rogers did an excellent job of keeping out a couple of yorkers but a third cannoned off his pads and onto the stumps and its 118-7 with 8 overs to go and the R’s struggling to post a defendable score. Young Scott Haywood however had other thoughts and along with his Dad started to pick off the openers including a fine 4 to square leg. He was unlucky in the 43rd over that a short ball kept low and under his bat but he had put on a partnership of 37 in 6 overs. Leon smashed a couple of fours before departing and it should be noted that the two fitness fanatics of Doombar Phil Meade and the skipper ran a 3 off the last ball to take the R’s up to 174. It seemed well under par but better than it was looking.

Extras – 52!!

Clive Haywood – 50no.

Steve Turrell -20

George Redwood – 16

Scott Haywood - 11

With Billy away Steve Turrell took the new ball with Leon and he quickly found his length and bowled opener Hayden and a great start. At the other end Leon was probing away as accurate as ever and when Turner seemingly edged one behind Leon thought he had his man, but alas no. Turner and Bramley took the score up to 50 when Harry Ratcliffe took the ball and immediately showed his midwicket training sessions had been paying off and bowled Bramley. When George Redwood caught Walker off Harry then the R’s smelled a chance at 67-3 and when Harry got his third eventually bowling Turner for 47 and it’s 89-4 off 25. Young Scott Haywood replaced Phil Meade (who had been unlucky with a few chances missed) and young Scott thought he had Goodwin stumped by the fast hands of Jeff Rogers but Jeff was to be denied a second time when not out was called. Westmore and Goodwin batted excellently with impeccable shot selection to see Overbury home with 6 wickets and 5 overs to spare.

At the end of game Overbury deserved their win by good batting by Wetmore and Goodwin and the R’s didn’t field or catch well enough when trying to defend a low score to give themselves a chance.

Harry Ratcliffe 7-1-36-3

Leon Clarke 10-3-20-0

Steve Turrell10-2-34-1

Phil Meade6-0-35-0

Old Boys show their experience

Rowington v Rowington Old Boys

The large crowd on Sunday at Rowington Green enjoyed the sunshine and an exciting finish to the annual Rowington v The President’s Old Boys Team.

Old Boys skipper Brian Bywater, anticipated a score of 200 would produce a good challenge and so invited the current strong Rowington Team to bat first on a flat track and lightning quick outfield.

Rowington opener Adam Williams (16) looked dangerous but was soundly beaten when trying an expansive drive though a tempting gap in the field created by skipper Bywater and was snaffled by keeper Simons off a late out swinger from Pickering.

Opening bowlers Dale Glover and Jason Pickering keep up the pressure but an inspired bowling change by Bywater saw Miles (34) caught on the boundary by Gregory off Callum Curtis.

Rowington continued in an aggressive style helped by the quick outfield but another clever bowling change by Bywater quickly paid dividends as the patient Smith was bamboozled by the inswing of William Sly and was out LBW by a ball that would have uprooted middle stump.

Joe’s, Turrell & Kelly were batting well, and likely to exceed Bywater’s original target so another bowling change was required that quickly bought the demise of Kelly (31) who trying a reverse sweep was outdone by Heath and bowled off stump.Harry Ratcliffe was troubled by Heath’s pace and was out LBW for 0, quickly followed by Tom Mead to a sharp caught and bowled by danger bowler Heath.

Good field organisation by Bywater kept the fast scoring Joe Turrell off strike and the returning Glover soon had Charlie Ratcliffe caught by Pickering for 1. Matt Williams road his luck and finished on 11, with Joe Turrell reaching 57 not out, for a total of 196 that Bywater had anticipated would produce an exciting run chase.

After a sumptuous tea provided by the Friends of Rowington and tea ladies from the Chairman’s family, the old boys lead by Bywater and Jordan set about a difficult, fast and aggressive Rowington bowling attack. Bywater and Jordan were straight off the mark, but a brilliant near unplayable fast, seeming and late swinging leg stump yorker saw Bywater hit a superb on drive to a startled fielder who took a brilliant catch to dismiss the very capable opener. The crowd seemed less pleased, as many had come to watch the maestro bat and felt justly robbed.

Jordan & Simons kept the run rate ticking over before Simons was caught in the deep, bowled by first change Redwood for 14, followed by Jordan for 27 caught by a diving Williams, bowled by Ratcliffe. Heath, forcing the pace was caught in the deep, bowled Redwood, at which point Rowington thought they were favourites to have an easy win. However careful batting order selection by Bywater ensured the now tiring Rowington bowlers were to become canon folder for forceful William Bird (19), supported by Gregory (14), LBW to Tom Mead. This set the game up perfectly for Dale Glover and Billy Sly to take the Old Boys to the edge of victory. Sly was caught at deep mid-wicket, bowled Joe Kelly, and John Freeman added just 1 before Callum Curtis added a valuable 11.

The game was now perfectly balanced with the Old Boys requiring 14 off the last over, 2 towering 6’s by Glover, followed by a 2, meant the Old Boys required 1 off three balls to win. Glover was run out for a great 64, going for a suicide single. At match tied, it bought in last man Jason Pickering, who after an initial sighter, smashed the last ball to the boundary for an Old Boys victory and in turn bring up the 200 Bywater predicted would create a great game of cricket.

With apologies to Steve Jay for copying his writing style

Rowington II v Leek Wootton II

Cotswold Hills Division 5 – 7th July 2018

The R’s succeed under Captain Steve

With the regular skipper sidelined after having done a good impression of Glen McGrath from 2005, earlier in the week, Steve Turrell took the helm and welcomed table topping Leek Wootton to Rowington. So, with the match being first v second in the league and therefore the most important match occurring on Saturday afternoon a full 45 over match was agreed. Things started well with the R’s winning the toss and deciding to bat on a good-looking track and Adam Covell smashed 3 of the first 4 balls for boundaries and things couldn’t be better. Fellow opener Des Walsh was immediately into his stride and a perfect first ten overs of 48-0 looked a solid base for a big score. A change of pace altered events as Morgan immediately had Adam caught and then Marcus Miles lbw off his wooden leg. Skipper Steve and Des then added a further 20 with both hitting 4’s before the pitch started to keep low and Steve was bang in front hit just below his ankles and no argument with this one and its 72-3. The inform Billy Sly joined Des and progress was again seemingly straight forward until Des was adjudged LBW to Mckenzie for a good 43, so 99-4. 14 year old Luke Haywood joined Billy and the two of them have batted well together all year and Billy obviously wanting to see the football, stood on the accelerator smashing 3 sixes before he was bowled with another low one but a partnership of 46 had taken the R’s well into the points. George Redwood walked out and then walked straight back again after loosing his leg stump and Jeff Rogers joined Luke with still 15 overs to go. Luke had reached a mature 18 before he had to dig one out that kept low but middled it straight to short cover. Scott Haywood smashed a glorious 4 but then was undone by Jones. Phil Meade only knows one way to bat and plundered 3 fours before being caught by a sharp catch by Cook. Jeff and Leon then saw out the last overs and the R’s stumbled to 192. At 160-6 with 10 overs to go a bigger total looked to be on but the spinners of Chowdry and Jones bowling the last set for Wootton had kept the score in check.

Des Walsh – 43

Billy Sly – 35

Adam Covell - 23

Luke Haywood - 18

After an extended tea courtesy of Jackie Miles whilst watching the 2nd Half of the football Rowington knew they would have to be at their best with the ball and in the field to restrict the inform batsmen of Wootton. Some things never change and 2nd over Billy Sly bowls opener Jones and at the other end Leon Clarke was giving nothing away. Wootton were struggling at 2 an over before Leon put one a bit wider to tempt Robinson and an under edge was smartly taken by Jeff Rogers behind the stumps. Chowdry and Anzari hit an occasional 4 but 24-2 off 12 and the R’s were in control. Leon then made things even better by bowling Anzari and when Billy had Fardon LBW and bowled Morgan for a duck, Wootton looked in trouble. Billy finished his excellent spell and was replaced by Scott Haywood and Phil Mead replaced Leon. Chowdry was looking untroubled but a slog sweep to the deep midwicket boundary and Marcus Miles sprinted round and took a fantastic running catch. Matt Burge is known to be a dangerous batsman but young Scott Haywood, who had seen a simple chance put down, was mentally tough to put aside his disappointment and a good length ball was attempted to be cut by Burge and a little edge was snaffled by Jeff and 75-7 off 24 and could Rowington inflict a second defeat of the season to the Wootton lads. Turner was cutting loose and hit several boundaries, but Phil picked up Mckenzie caught by an excellent sliding catch from Luke Haywood and when Phil had Turner caught by a Marcus special in the deep then only one wicket to go. Steve Turrell did what a captain does best and wrapped up the win bowling Jenkins and he had expertly guided the R’s to a 67 run victory. A brilliant all-round team performance leaves the R’s hot on the heels of the league leaders.

Leon Clarke 7-2-11-2

Billy Sly10-4-23-3

Phil Meade10-1-43-3

Scott Haywood 2-0-20-1

Steve Turrell4.1-0-25-1

Rowington II v Welford

Cotswold Hills Division 5 – 30th June 2018

Welcome Back Billy

After last week’s hiccup the visitors to Rowington were the inform Welford who after 3 wins on the trot were now in 3rd place so a tricky fixture for the R’s. With the track looking a belter and the sun out it was a slight surprise on losing the toss that the R’s were put into bat. Steve Turrell and Des Walsh over the last few weeks have looked in excellent form without a big score so today was the perfect opportunity. However, it was not to be as Steve smashed a short ball square only to find Martin Malone taking an absolutely stunning catch just off the ground. Adam Covell joined Des and he decided that it was too hot to run so 24 of his first 25 runs were in 4’s. This prompted a change of pace, so Al Smith took the pace off the ball (a lot) and Des played round one and was bowled and shortly after Marcus Miles did the same and 43-3 off 13 wasn’t what the skipper expected as he ambled out to the middle. Adam and Clive consolidated with Adam continuing to deal in boundaries and the pair had put on 44 in the next 10 overs before Adam, in sight of a well-deserved 50, was well caught behind off Tyler for 47 and at 89-4 with 22 overs left there was a lot of work to do. However, after a week away Billy Sly seemed refreshed and was in no doubt what was required and patiently picked off the bad ball. Clive Haywood picked up a series of singles and the two experienced players took the score to 182 in the 42nd over before Clive was bowled looking to accelerate. With wickets in hand this gave the licence to Billy and young Luke Haywood to set about the Welford bowlers and with Billy putting one into the allotments to reach an excellent 50 and Luke hitting the shot of the day with an exquisite straight drive for 4; they put on 24 in the last 3 to take maximum batting points and 206-5.

Billy Sly – 61no

Clive Haywood - 53

Adam Covell - 47

With a typically superb tea from Tamzin the R’s set out defending a total which could be thought to be a touch below par with a fast outfield and an excellent track. Leon Clarke was reunited in opening with Billy Sly and after an initial maiden it was that man Billy who bowled Victor for a duck and Al Smith followed next ball so 0-2 after 2 was a perfect start. This however brought Martin Malone to the crease who enjoys the Rowington wicket after hitting a match winning 80 last year. It was if he had never been away as he set about Leon and Billy but after racing to 22 and having put Billy over the road was then undone by a fantastic inswinging yorker and Billy was once again the R’s saviour. However, Welford were out to attack and Tyler carried from Malone. Phil Meade had replaced Leon and tempted opposition skipper Will Gough down the track and was clinically stumped by Jeff Rogers which was a fine effort as he was suffering from acute jet lag having only just landed from America.

After Tyler had put Phil into the gardens he was replaced by Steve Turrell who immediately dropped onto a perfect line and length and with the runs require mounting Tyler took a swing at Billy and edged to gulley where Adam Covell continued his fine day by diving to pouch a stunning catch and at 82-5 it looked a long way back for Welford. Billy’s spell finished, and he was replaced by Scott Haywood who showed great maturity and Welford struggled to get him away and after maidens from each end Keany tried to push on, but he picked the wrong ball from young Scott and ended up chipping it to Marcus Miles and just rewards for Scott. Scott finished his 5 over spell only conceding 7 runs and then Steve got his name on the scoresheet bowling McIsaac and then Vos and the writing was on the wall. However, Welford decided to try and deny the R’s bowling points and blocked out over after over and Leon returned but despite not conceding a run couldn’t pick up a wicket.

Phil Meade replaced Steve and he coaxed a false shot from Steve Gough and with only one wicket required the skipper turned to Luke Haywood whose mixture of off and leg spin still couldn’t prise out the last Welford wicket and it looked like the Rowington would be denied full points. However, with three balls to go Phil bowled Kieran Keany and it was all over with Rowington picking up a full 24 points bowling out Welford for 117. A true all-round team performance with Billy adding that touch of class.

Leon Clarke 10-4-31-0

Billy Sly10-4-21-4

Steve Turrell 10-4-14-2

Phil Meade7.3-2-26-3

Scott Haywood 5-1-7-1

Luke Haywood2-1-3-0

Rowington II v Alcester & Ragley II

Cotswold Hills Division 5 – 23rd June 2018


With the R’s on a four-match winning streak they were hoping to reverse the result of the first match of the season. Things didn’t start too well on losing the toss but the pitch looked reasonable so batting first should be fine but with a very young middle order it was important the more experienced players made their innings count. Steve Turrell and Des Walsh did just this and looked untroubled against the Alcester openers with Steve especially finding fluency and the middle of his bat. At the first drinks break after 15 overs the score was 61 with no wickets down, perfect. However, the curse of the drinks break struck and four balls later Steve chipped an innocuous ball to mid-wicket who took a good low catch. Five balls later Des joined him by hitting a ball which was short and wide straight to point and it’s 63-2. Adam Covell then top edged a sweep and another good catch meant another wicket and when Marcus Miles, who had been in excellent recent form, missed a straight one 61-0 became 78-4. Luke Haywood joined his Dad, Clive and despite the close attention of the majority of the fielders hit a couple of 4’s to get the score up towards a hundred. He was unlucky to pick out the only outfielder with a lofted cover drive and this brought his brother Scott to the crease. He supported Clive and they had put on 22 when a poor piece of advice from his Dad resulted in him being caught and bowled. The third 14-year-old in a row Dom Whitfield hit his first ball for 4 but got too excited and got caught next ball. 119-7. With nearly 10 overs left it was down to the experienced heads of Phil Meade, Leon Clarke and Naz Nazir to see out the overs. Phil and Leon forgot the script and it was left to Naz to see it through nearly to the end until Clive ran him out with a couple of balls to go, trying to pinch the strike. The R’s ended up on 141 which seemed 60 light on a decent tack although with the occasional ball misbehaving they were still in with a chance.

Clive Haywood – 39no

Steve Turrell – 35

Des Walsh – 23

Luke Haywood 10

With Billy Sly on a romantic week away, Leon Clarke was joined by Steve Turrell in opening the bowling. Gary Strain showed his class and punished anything off line and it took until the 6th over before Steve yorked opener Dawson and at 20-1 the R’s were in the hunt. Leon continued to bowl beautifully and was unlucky to have Gary put down by a sharp chance in the gulley. Steve then cleaned up the Alcester skipper Coombs so 32-2 off 10 and still 100 runs to go. However, Paul Cooke continued where he left off in the first game and scored fluently and with Gary approaching 50 the score was rapidly coming down. Phil Meade and Clive Haywood replaced Steve and Leon but had little success until Phil bowled a beauty to bowl Gary for a fine 49 and would Alcester panic at 83-3. No is the simple answer, despite Scott Haywood, replacing his expensive Dad, finding the edge several times Hewston and Cooke despatched the ball through and over the attacking field set and Alcester strolled to victory in the 29th over with Cooke bringing up an excellent 50 off the last ball to win the game. Alcester seem to bring out their best performances and team against the R’s and fully deserved their win.

Leon Clarke 7-0-18-0

Steve Turrell 7-1-36-2

Phil Meade6-1-32-1

Rowington II v Warwick III

Cotswold Hills Division 5 – 9th June 2018

Swing when you’re winning again

With 2nd playing 3rd it promised to be a tight match at Rowington with the ground looking a picture. On winning the toss the R’s skipper was very undecided with a good looking track but a touch of cloud overhead. After last weeks fine bowling performance, he eventually decided to bowl, and this seemed the right decision as after a maiden by Leon Clarke, Billy Sly continued where he left off last week and immediately had the ball hooping round corners and bowled opener Ian Griffiths. After more tight overs and good work by young keeper Luke Haywood standing up to the stumps to keep the batsman back in their crease, Billy bowled Paul Coleman and it’s 12-2. Warwick then dug in for the next 8 overs, but runs were hard to come by and Danny Robbins chipped one to midwicket off that man Sly and Steve Turrell took a good swirling catch. Things got even better for the R’s when Billy’s worst ball of the day, which was a full toss, was skied to mid on by skipper Owen Griffiths where to everyone’s surprise it was calmly taken by Clive Haywood and its 25-4 off 19. Steve Turrell replaced Leon and kept the pressure on with tight bowling and Clive Haywood replaced Billy after another magnificent spell. Clive was bowling a variety of pies but had William Evans caught at short midwicket by Steve who sprinted in and took it at full stretch diving forward. A few balls later Jamie Harding was undone by the lack of pace and after playing 4 shots at a very flighted delivery ended up missing it and the ball had just enough pace to dislodge the leg bail so two wickets in the over and Warwick in trouble at 33-6. Two overs later Prashantra Panja Narasimha was undone by a near normal slightly quicker ball from Clive and lost his middle stump and it’s 38-7. Steve Turrell was then rewarded for his efforts and next over bowled Steve Webb and a couple overs later Lewis Papworth played on for another wicket for Steve. With the last pair at the wicket Steve wrapped it up bowling Charlie Evans and Warwick were all out for 49 in the 33rd over.A fantastic bowling performance by the R’s with the tone set once again by Billy and Leon who gave absolutely nothing away and ably backed up by Steve and the lads in the field and Luke behind the stumps.

Leon Clarke – 7-5-12-0

Billy Sly – 10-6-9-4

Steve Turrell 9.3-5-10-3

Clive Haywood – 5-0-15-3

Phil Meade – 1-0-1-0

After a sumptuous tea courtesy of the Meades, Adam Covell and Des Walsh strode out to knock off the runs. Things didn’t go to plan when Des was caught at mid-off for a duck and next over Adam played on and it’s 5-2 with the only scoring shot being an edge through the slips. However, Dave Blowers carried on his excellent form and despite always keeping the bowlers interested, started to quickly run down the total. Young Marcus Miles has had a quiet start to the season with the bat but showed great maturity in batting himself back into form and looked very assured patiently picking off the bad ball. With Dave punishing anything short and Marcus also getting into his stride the runs were knocked off in the 16th over and the R’s ran out winners by 8 wickets. The win was set up by a good team performance in the field and Billy’s devastating spell and it is worth noting that over the last two games Billy has figures of 20-13-12-9.

Dave Blowers – 26no.

Marcus Miles – 14no.

Rowington v Catherine de Barnes

Cotswold League Div 1 - June 2nd 2018

Ginge thrives on his hangover

The need to write this match report seems limited, as I’m sure Ginge has told anyone with or without a vested interest in the club anyway… but just in case:

This week Rowington hosted fellow league strugglers Catherine – de – Barnes and on a humid overcast day were surprisingly asked to field after skipper Turrell lost the toss.

With George returning to open with Jay, Rowington got off to an expectedly tight start and it took just 5 overs for Jay to take his first wicket, bowling the helpless opener for 0. Whilst George struggled to hold his line at the other end, Jay was bowling exceptionally following his late Friday night antics. Before long, he was rewarded by getting Green caught brilliantly by J Turrell for another duck. Moments later the number 4 was adjudged LBW and Catherine de Barnes were 31 for 3 off 16. Whilst others fell around him, Hanon had looked comfortable on 23, but he eventually fell to Jay: caught behind by Evans. Into his final over, and despite seeing two catches go down in the field, Jay was on four wickets and searching for that important 5th. With just 2 balls left of his spell he bowled Prince for yet another duck and finished on five for 11 runs off his ten overs. Whilst Jay had capitalised brilliantly in the English conditions, George seemed to have been thinking about the humid bowling conditions he may find in Bangkok; yet he had still bowled well and Catherine de Barnes were 37 – 5 off 20. Sensing a chance for wickets, the skipper Turrell brought himself on, alongside Williams, and together they tied down the middle order.Turrell going for just one run off his 4 overs before introducing Shaw into the attack. Between them they bowled their way through the tail-end, despite a few more drops in the field, and Catherine de Barnes were all out for 60 off 40 overs.

Jay5 -11 off 10

George 0 – 25 off 10

Williams 3 – 8 off 9

Turrell 0 – 1 off 4

Shaw 2 – 10 off 5

Whilst Ginger told anyone who would listen about his performance, Shaw was left to tea duties, before Smith and Page set out to chase down the small score. With Smith playing his usual supporting role, he allowed Page to chase down the score for the loss of no wicket after just 10 overs. A sublime batting performance ensuring there was to be no panic back in the pavilion; Page finishing on an excellent 40, whilst Smith chipped along with 6.

An excellent team performance for Rowington and with two wins from two, and the second team finding themselves in 3rd place, the club’s season has finally started. However, sadly for Jay, his bowling performance was eclipsed by both B. Sly in the twos and S. Turrell’ bowling economy of 0.25 – something Jay may only dream of. 

Rowington II v Catherine de Barnes II

Cotswold Hills Division 5 – 2nd June 2018

Swing when you’re winning

The ever changing 2nd’s visited old foe Catherine de Barnes and found a decent looking track but with just a touch of green and clouds overhead it seemed a perfect day to bowl, so the skipper obviously lost the toss and the R’s were asked to bat. A very welcome guest appearance from Ben Skillings opened with Des Walsh and both punished anything loose and when Des was dropped on 10 in the 5th over it seemed it would be his day. However, Ben thought otherwise and hit it straight to cover and ran leaving Des somewhat stranded and a wee bit grumpy and the score was 33-1. Jeff Rogers was promoted to 3 and justified this with a couple off leg glances to keep the score ticking over. Ben couldn’t resist some half volleys outside off stump but skewed one to gulley and was caught and things got worse when Marcus Miles was caught behind first ball and its 75-3. Jeff and Clive Haywood therefore had to rebuild and leg spinner Solanki was getting sharp turn and proving a handful and the runs were drying up and when Jeff was out LBW for 23 it was 103-4 in the 30th over. This was a perfect platform for the in form Billy Sly to enter the fold but with his reputation well known, the field was immediately dropped deep and Billy obliged by hitting his first ball straight to long off and was caught for a golden duck. When Luke Haywood was caught close in the score had suddenly become 107-6 off 34 and the R’s were in trouble. In stepped young Michael Deery to keep Clive company and immediately set about the Catney bowlers. The pair scored steadily and Clive was out for 36 with three balls remaining but they had put on 55 and at the end of 45 overs the R’s had reached 163-7 with Michael finishing on an excellent 24no. The score seemed a touch below par and would require a near perfect performance in the field.

Clive Haywood – 36

Ben Skillings – 31

Michael Deery – 24no

Jeff Rogers – 23

When Leon Clarke’s first over went for 9 was it going to be a short afternoon, the answer was no as Billy Sly’s first ball swung beautifully to clean up the Catney opener. Leon then found his range and it suddenly become difficult for Catney and with Billy’s first four overs of near perfect swing bowling being maidens it was 18-1 off 10. The R’s skipper decided to keep his immaculate opening pair going and his faith was rewarded when Billy bowled number 3 and when Tony Ali at 4 jumped inside one of Billy’s boomerangs and seemed very surprised to lose his middle stump and suddenly it’s 18-3. Leon got his just rewards when he bowled no 5 and when Billy got 2 more wickets, including a catch by the excellent Jeff Rogers behind the stumps, with the last two balls of his spell and Catney are 29-6 off 20 and Billy finished with the remarkable figure of 5 wickets for only 3 runs off his 10 overs. Although, Catney were in a hole opener Carl Gallimore was still there and took the attack to the R’s change bowlers of Ben Skillings and Phil Meade. The R’s then decided to drop several chances and the score had progressed to 101 when Phil got the no. 8 caught by Billy in the deep. The next change bowlers of Michael Deery and Clive Haywood had similar luck with dropped chances and the ball just evading fielders. At 137-7 off 41 the task was only 27 off 4 so just over a run a ball. Skillo and Phil returned to bowl the last 4 and when Ben bowled Gallimore for an excellent 54 and Catney needed 14 off the last 2 overs. Bens last over was superb only going for 3 and Michael Deery took a pressure catch and Catney were 9 down but when a run out wasn’t given then things were getting tense going into the last over with 11 required. With a single off the first ball of Phil’s final over then it could still go either way.

The next ball was edged through the vacant slip area and hearing the call of “two” Leon, still seething from the previous run out not being given, set off after the ball like a man possessed and when his near perfect throw was calmly taken by Jeff to run out the last bat by several yards, the R’s ran out winners by 10 runs. After the first 20 overs it looked like a formality but an excellent fight back by Catney ensured a tense finish. Apart from the bowling of Billy and Leon the four young lads in the field, Marcus Miles and the three 14 year olds of Luke and Scott Haywood and Michael Deery, saved countless runs to greatly contribute to the win.

Leon Clarke – 10-2-23-1

Billy Sly – 10-7-3-5

Phil Meade – 9.2-0-49-1

Ben Skillings – 10-0-43-2

Clive Haywood – 3-0-18-0

Michael Deery 2-0-12-0

Rowington II v Leek Wootton II

Cotswold Hills Division 5 – 26th May 2018

Dave Blowers them Away

After a morning of storms, the players were delighted to find a well-covered track that looked excellent and the outfield drainage having worked so the game started on time for the full 45 overs. The visitors this week were unbeaten table toppers Leek Wootton, who on winning the toss had no hesitation on making first use of the track. Leon Clarke and Billy Sly opened and despite positive intent from the openers, the experienced bowlers gave nothing away and the run rate was struggling to get above 2 per over. With no breakthrough forthcoming the skipper decided to try his pies and proper bowling with Scott Rogers at the other end. The confusion caused by the skipper’s variety led to a run out instigated by Dave Blowers and Robinson was on his way for 10 and its 26-1 off 15. Clive Haywood then surprised Morgan with a straight one and beaten by the lack of pace was caught on the crease plumb in front. Opener Jones was joined by Matt Burge and they started to accelerate and Burge in particular looking in fine form and Jones finding his timing. Unfortunately, he played a touch early to another flighted delivery from Clive and an excellent catch by his lad Luke Haywood in the covers bought Clive another and its 63-3 off 23. 14 year old Michael Deery replaced Scott and impressed with his control, line and length and was rewarded by taking a magnificent caught and bowled low to the ground dismissing the dangerous Burge. Leon and Billy returned and Mckenzie was caught off Billy by a flopping Clive at full stretch. Leon got his just rewards bowling Jenkins with the last ball of his spell and the score is 151-6 off 39. Fareton was timing the ball superbly but wickets were falling the other end. Scott got his first by the keeper Jeff Rogers flying to his left to snatch an inside edge in the webbing and Billy then bowled Bailey. Scott eventually got Fareton caught on the boundary by Des Walsh and the last pair held out to reach 175-9 off their 45.

Leon Clarke – 10-1-29-1

Billy Sly – 10-2-26-2

Clive Haywood – 10-0-54-2

Scott Rogers – 10-1-42-2

Michael Deery 5-0-19-1

With the sun out and the teams having been served a sumptuous tea by Helen Rogers, the R’s set about chasing down the total. Scott Rogers and Des Walsh went after the Wootton opening pair with Des putting one on the pavilion roof, however, he was soon undone by a beauty by Cook and Scott fell into the trap and put one straight to Morgan on the long off boundary and it’s quickly 25-2. Stuart Jordan, after remembering how to bat after a lengthy lay off, was joined by Dave Blowers, who after surviving an early drop set about frustrating the Wooten bowlers. Stuart, using his strength, put one over square leg for his obligatory six and things were gong well until he played one shot too many and was caught, 55-3. Dave at the other end was cleverly guiding the ball either side of the slips and gulley and Clive Haywood was picking up a few runs before he dragged a half tracker onto his stumps. Dave was now in full flow with exquisite shots off the back foot including a memorable six into the carpark. Dave was eventually out for an entertaining 46 but importantly had kept the score up with the required run rate. Billy Sly was joined by young 14 year old Luke Haywood and Wootton started to put on the pressure. However, Luke was having none of it and played shots around the ground and with positive running, encouraged very vocally by Billy, the score was increasing rapidly. This got better when Luke pulled a six into the pavilion, the only downside being it hit his twin brother Scott who was scoring. With ice having been applied to Scott’s face, the innings continued but Luke still attacking was caught and the partnership of 43 off 7 overs was over but they had taken the score to 160 and the R’s nearly home. Billy was joined by Jeff Rogers and Billy decided that the match should be finished sooner rather than later and two consecutive sixes meant that Jeff could elegantly leave the ball for 3 wides and the game was won with 4 overs and wickets to spare. A good close game of cricket which was turned by excellent 40’s by Dave and Billy and superb all round performances by the three 14 year olds. They were excemplorary in the field stopping numerous runs and special mention to Scott Haywood who with his right hand out of use being heavily strapped after a football injury, fielded with one hand and stopped at last 20 runs on the fine leg boundary with every part of his body except his damaged wrist (that’s just in case his Mum reads this !)

Billy Sly – 48no.

Dave Blowers – 46

Stuart Jordan – 20

Luke Haywood – 13.

Rowington 1st XI v Kineton

RCC give up the chase

Thanks to a small miracle from Steve Turrell, Rowington managed to field a strong 11 against the visiting Kineton, with the return of J. Turrell from his University debauchery and E. Gilbert modelling the haircut of an Australian / WWE’s Triple H.Kineton won the toss and sent Rowington to field.

Williams and Jay returned to form the opening bowling partnership and despite some initially wayward bowling, Williams took the opening wicket with Evans taking a good catch from behind the stumps. The young keeper was already excited by the prospect of returning home to watch Ms Markle on repeat, and his day got even better after taking another catch behind, this time off the excellent Jay; Kineton were 26 – 2 off 10.With the glorious batting track and lack of swing for the openers, S. Turrell soon joined the attack and eventually bowled the persistent Dunant for 13. The following over Shaw had the new man in caught for one, and Rowington had Kineton 64 – 4 off 21.

However, the Kineton middle order began a fight back, with the two new batsmen scoring quickly and pushing Kineton to the 100 mark. Perhaps missing his americano this week, the batsmen had taken a liking to Walker’s bowling, but he soon got over his disappointment by taking an

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