Fantastic bowling destroys Fillongley’s innings
WARCL Premier Division
Fillongley vs Rugby
Rugby returned to winning ways in emphatic fashion on Saturday, with opening bowlers Owen Edwards and Matt Ewer destroying Fillongley’s batting line up.
Three consecutive defeats had ended Rugby’s promotion hopes, but the Webb Ellis Roaders put this behind them to win by 114 runs after a sensational bowling effort.
Earlier in the day, Fillongley won the toss and unsurprisingly chose to field first on in bowler-friendly conditions.
Rugby’s batting woes continued when they lost Hugh Cochrane without a run on the board and, despite some resistance from Charlie Robards (16) and Jack Rosser (19), they were reduced to 36-4 when Steve Gardner claimed three wickets in as many balls.
Dave Mackenzie led the resistance for Rugby, however, with a resolute knock from number six that proved to be absolutely crucial in a low-scoring encounter.
He batted for more 30 overs, holding the innings together and scoring exactly 50 before being bowled trying to up the tempo late on, which would have been worth a lot more in less testing conditions.
Krish Dhokia (20) leant some handy support, before Rugby were finally bowled out for 143 in the penultimate over.
Despite the difficult conditions, the score still looked a little bit below bar but Rugby took the momentum shift from the second half of their innings and made it count.
The team took to the field full of determined enthusiasm and were celebrating in the first over when Ewer trapped the hosts’ skipper Chris Moore (4) lbw.
Edwards made the next breakthrough in the fourth over and, from then on, Rugby were rampant.
The bowlers barely bowled a loose delivery and Fillongley were simply blown away, with Edwards wreaking particular havoc.
In 8.4 overs, he conceded just two runs, bowling with pace and movement, while Ewer (9-1-24-4) was at his nagging best from the other end.
Edwards (8.4-7-2-6) recorded his best bowling figures since signing from Stockton three years ago, as Fillongley slumped to 29 all out.
It was 24 points that signalled a long overdue return to form for the Webb Ellis Roaders and they will look to carry this into next weekend’s Bank Holiday double header, hosting Olton on Saturday before visiting Four Oaks Saints on Monday.
WARCL Premier Division 2nds
Rugby v Highway
Rugby’s second string put together a fine team performance to secure a three-wicket victory, set up by Hem Mistry’s first five-wicket haul at this level.
Neal McGrath (11-4-25-1) won the toss and inserted the Coventry outfit to bat first, which was soon justified when he and Mistry claimed early wickets during accurate opening bursts.
Mike Thornton (39) and Moin Ishaq (24) fought back for Highway, but their resistance was ended by Jagtar Barhey (10-4-22-1) and 71/2 soon became 72-4 when Nik Sona (14-1-40-2) claimed his first wicket.
The visitors did their best to post a competitive total, but Mistry returned with a brilliant second spell and finished with 14-1-40-2 as Highway closed on 157-9.
Rugby’s reply faltered early on with the loss of two quick wickets, but pinch-hitter Sona struck a crisp 37 from 30 balls.
However when he, Jack Coleman (20) and Tom Binding (11) were dismissed in relatively quick succession, Rugby were struggling on 82 for six.
This brought youngster Kurran Barhey to join the experienced Chris Evans at the wicket and they complemented each other perfectly in a match-winning partnership.
They added 67 before Barhey (21) was caught at mid on, but Evans (51no) saw his side home with his fourth fifty in 12 second team innings this summer.
Rugby won with three wickets and four overs to spare, securing 20 points in the process.