Ross-on-Wye 1st XI made their return to the Marches League with an encouraging home game against Luctonians 2nd XI.
New Captain, Jack Donovan promised the team he would make changes and give opportunities to all of those who had attended winter training was fulfilled.
Having won the toss, Luctonians invited Ross to bat. Club chairman, Stu Mair, and Keith Flitton took to the crease to open the batting. Mair dispatched the first ball for four, an encouraging start which was shortlived, with Mair being bowled for six in the second over, with the total on seven.
New member, Masud Ahmed, was in at 3, and had displayed great promise in winter training with both bat and ball, but unfortunately, resisted for only seven balls.
One of the better known faces in the 1st XI, Graham Howls, was in at 4 and displayed a good mix of defence and attack, before pulling a short ball square when on seven. Matt Pudge took the catch safely with the score on 22.
Last year’s successful Under 15 Captain, Charlie Cole, was next to the crease, a more familiar young face, having played several times in the first team last season. His resilience and experience was well demonstrated as he patiently watched a series of wides and no-balls accumulate runs for his side.
In the meantime, Keith Flitton had been patiently digging in at the other end for 73 balls, until his resistance finally came to an end. He was bowled on 23, in the 23rd over, with the score on 78.
Captain Jack Donovan was in at 6, forcefully driving his first ball for four. Sadly, he was dismissed by a ball that jagged back off the pitch, removing the stumps via both bat and pads.
Number 8, Chris Mason put up some stout defence and supported young Charlie Cole admirably, contributed two runs before being caught by Ibbetson off Simpson.
Charlie was joined by another youngster making his debut, Alex Springer, who set about the bowling with great enthusiasm, putting on 18 before Charlie’s vigil came to an end.
Alex was then joined by Chloe Tingle, an under 14 of great promise who is already recognised by the Gloucestershire county set up. Her confident and mature approach worked extremely well before Alex was caught for 22.
This brought the final young debutant, Adam Davies to the crease, having again shown great promise during winter training. He and Chloe put on a further 13 runs before Chloe was finally bowled off the last ball of the innings, with the total on 155.
Captain Jack gave the new ball to under 14 Adam Davies and at the other end, Masud Ahmed opened his bowling campaign with some steady, if rusty bowling. Unfortunately for Ross, they were confronted with the big hitting Chris Ibbetson.
Unfortunately, the spirited bowling and fielding was not enough to stop Luctonians working their way to the target with eight overs to spare and they deservedly took the plaudits.
Read the full, unabridged report in this week’s edition of the Ross Gazette.