WARCL Premier Division, Rugby vs Bablake Old Boys
Rugby’s indifferent form continued as terrible batting performance saw them slump to their third defeat of the season at the hands of Bablake.
The Coventry outfit won the toss and chose to bowl first, but Rugby started confidently through Charlie Robards (13) and Hugh Cochrane (21).
However, once Adil Hussain (11-2-44-4) got the first break through, wickets fell at regular intervals to a combination of impressive seam bowling and careless batting.
Only Steve Ward (14) also reached double figures and the Webb Ellis Roaders slumped to 108 all out inside 33 overs.
A pacey opening burst from Owen Edwards (8-3-19-1) removed the dangerous Richard Swaffield early in Bablake’s reply, before a flurry of wickets to Matt Ewer gave Rugby a glimmer of hope.
Ewer (15-5-38-3) bowled unchanged from one end and kept his side in the hunt, but Josh Manning (26 not out) held firm for the visitors and allowed his side to edge towards victory.
A pair of late wickets to Steve Ward (3-0-17-2) meant Bablake were six down when they reached the winning line, to secure a four-wicket victory.
Having propelled themselves to the top of the table a month ago, this defeat leaves Rugby in fifth spot and now a distant 55 points from the leaders Bedworth.
With 10 games remaining, there is still time to get back into the title hunt, but Rugby will need to turn things around quickly when they visit Handsworth next Saturday.