CRICKET: Rowland United

Jimmy Carter plays on. Picture by Aaron Doyle
Jimmy Carter plays on. Picture by Aaron Doyle

Victory over Massey Ferguson

Warwickshire Division 2

Rowland Utd v

Massey Ferguson

With the wicket, due to mainly the dry week of weather, being uncovered for the last eight days, looking full of runs, so when the visiting captain won the toss he had no hesitation in electing to bat.

After just 10 overs they had put on 61 runs for the loss of just the one wicket, Kumar (15) who got an edge when the score was 20 and was caught by the keeper Danny Simms off the bowling of Lee Golding.

The scoring rate slowed with the introduction of Rowland’s medium pace bowler Mark Randle, and with the total on 96 had No. 2 batsman S Akhlague (39) lbw.

In came Massey skipper Ali who decided to take on Randle whose four overs had only cost him 9 runs, on trying to hit his first ball out of the ground, got it slightly wrong and got height and not the distance and holed out to wonder catch by Steve Hillyard running round the mid-on boundary.

Only 11 runs later another brilliant catch, this time by John Ardern who stuck out a left hand in the slips and saw it stick, the end of Z Akhlague (41) off new bowler Joe Golding.

The game was changing, but nothing like when three wickets fell with the score not moving off 142, I Farid (19) W Choham (0) M Shaikh (23).

The tail was now in shock and could manage only 20 runs before the innings closed at 162 in 39.1 overs which included just 5 extras.

Mark Randle finishing with 6-34 Riv Monsell 2-64 and the Golding brothers wicket one apiece.

After an early tea Rowlands took up the challenge but had reached only 23 when Jimmy Carter (11) flashed at one outside his off stump only to succeed in chopping it on to his stumps.

Joe Golding joined Jack Randle and progressed steadily on to 74 when Joe (23) was bowled.

Only 10 more was added when Jack Randle was caught low down, the first of bowler Kumar 2 wickets, and at 96 French (13) became his second victim.

Steve Hillyard (15) was at the crease and was joined by captain Danny Simms, who was in no mood to hang about and the game lasted only six more overs which saw some strong hitting from Simms (45) which included six fours and three sixes and lasted just 27 overs.

The whole game lasted only 67 overs in which time 38 fours and 7 sixes were scored. Rowland United needed the 24 points to get them out of the bottom three.