Rugby CC 1st XI 121 all out (24 points) beat
North Warwickshire CC 1st XI 26 all out (1 point)
The town ended their fine 2011 season in the best way possible, earning a maximum 24 points and a runners-up spot in Division 2, which means that Rugby CC are promoted.
The thumping win was hardly assured after Rugby slumped to 60 for 6 in their innings, as North Warwicks bowlers hit good areas with only Charlie Robards (25) spending long at the crease.
Veterans Chris Evans (17 not out) and Alan Milsom (9) added a valuable 38 for the 8th wicket, but spinner Ed Corbett (4 for 13) and medium pacer Matt Sadler (3 for 36) helped see Rugby dismissed after 46 overs for 121.
Rugby were up for the challenge, though and captain Matt Ewer struck in his second over to begin the charge.
Mo Sadiq then pulled off a brilliant run out with a direct hit from mid on, and Ewer clean bowled numbers 4 and 5 to see the visitors at a desperate 14 for 4.
Riv Monsell got in on the act, with Chris Evans pouching a regulation edge and then Monsell trapped two more victims LBW in another fine spell of 9-4-8-3.
Fittingly, though, it was Ewer who ended the innings, clean bowling Stonehouse for 3 and ending with fantastic figures of 9.1-3-14-6.
Rugby had dismissed the visitors for a mere 26, as the pace combination of Ewer and Monsell proved irresistible.
Club captain Matt Ewer can reflect on a job well done as Rugby’s positive play saw them win 12 games, losing only four and backed up by a fast-improving second team under the excellent Keith Bradbury, where many youngsters are showing huge promise, allowing the town a strength and depth they have lacked in previous years.
The club can also celebrate the award of Clubmark from the ECB, the benchmark for prioritising youth development through the provision of high quality community club cricket.
In terms of individuals, Matt Ewer led the way with an awesome all-round season, taking 62 wickets at 13.62 and smashing 850 runs at 56.67.
Opener Charlie Robards made 573 at 38.2, Stu Lloyd 408 at 25.5. Depth was key though with critical contributions through the season from Alex Smith, Lee James, George and Dave Mackenzie, Chris Evans and 15 year old Raj Chohan.
Ewer’s spearhead bowling was backed up by new signing Riv Monsell taking 26 wickets at 9.92, legspinner George MacKenzie 20 at 25.7, Mo Sadiq, Neal Mcgrath, Glyn Tapp, Matt Hinks and Alan Milsom
In closing, first team Captain Matt Ewer said: “This year has been all about enjoyment at Rugby Cricket Club.
“We’ve got a group of players who’ve come together and had a great time playing cricket together and the results have stemmed from that.
“Off the field stability and investment, mainly in time from many committed volunteers, has meant that we now have a great club for everyone from age four upwards, as our recent award of Clubmark status proves and we can’t wait to see what the future brings.”