Stuttering 2nds 
soundly beaten

Cricket'Rugby v Marsden Green (batting).'Batsman Adnan Effeind
Cricket'Rugby v Marsden Green (batting).'Batsman Adnan Effeind

Warwickshire Cricket League Division 1 2nd XI

Rugby CC 2nd XI 120 all out lost to Marston Green CC 2nd XI 219 all out.

Rugby’s 2nd team were soundly beaten by league leaders Marston Green at Webb Ellis Road on Saturday.

Skipper Keith Bradbury won the toss and chose to bowl on a green wicket and Rubans Sugatharubans struck in his first over, removing Ul Haq for a duck.

Opener McWalter kept the scoreboard moving with frequent big shots, though Rugby were unlucky that he didn’t quite find a fielder as he raced to an extravagant 50. He was particularly harsh on Hinks (15-0-76-1) although Rubans was running through the top order in an excellent spell (15-2-45-4), and after 22 overs Marston Green were 83 for 5. Number seven Cresser looked good from the outset, and with McWalter added 91 for the 8th wicket until the opener fell to Alan Milsom (7-0-32-3). Mo Sadiq (9-0-29-1) bowled well and the tail were soon dismissed to bowl the visitors out for 219 in the 50th over.

Rugby needed a good start to chase down a decent score but the innings never took off, as the pacy Mo Khan and Marston Green skipper Nikki Meek hit great lines, removing prolific openers Chris Evans for 6 and Alan Milsom for 2. There was a slight recovery as Alex Smith (26) and Mo Sadiq (11) took the score to 51 for 2 from 20 overs, but the middle order collapsed in a familiar fashion, with only the in-form Henry Parker contributing, hitting seven delightful boundaries in his 34. Rubans offered some late resistance with a breezy 21, but Meek’s 5 for 28 saw Rugby dismissed for 120 in the 34th over.

Rugby CC 3rd XI 234 for 9 drew with Warwick CC 3rd XI 165 for 7

Another good performance from Andy Attwell’s team as they piled on the runs against Warwick. Tom Mitchell whacked 15 fours and a six in his 96 and was supported by Attwell (20) and Nik Sona (20). In reply, tight bowling from Arfan Mahmood (10-4-22-2) and man of the match Mitchell (10-2-32-2) saw Warwick struggle to 165.