Ross-on-Wye cricketers fall short at Eastnor

By Ross Gazette sports reporter in Cricket

Ross on Wye 1st XI made the short trip to Eastnor for their latest Marches League fixture and, despite a terrific fightback in the field being followed up with an improved batting display, ultimately fell 42 runs short of the hosts total.

Eastnor won the toss and elected to bat, but lost their first wicket in Chloe Tingle’s opening over when Spiller popped a straightforward catch to Jack Donovan at short cover.

Experienced campaigner Williams and hard hitting Coleman then took control of the game, with a century stand as the Ross bowlers failed to hit the line and lengths that had proved so valuable in the win at Almeley the previous week.

However, once Ben Element finally removed Coleman for 72, courtesy of an excellent running catch by Chairman Mair, the scoring rate was checked and wickets began to fall at regular intervals. Element picked up two further wickets including Williams (53) to finish with 3-56 whilst skipper Jack Donovan produced a miserly 12 over spell of bowling to record figures of 1-33.

Opening bowler, Adam Davies, returned to take two wickets in his second spell, aided by a second catch by Mair. The Hedgehogs were very pleased to have restricted the hosts to less than 40 runs in the last ten overs and headed off to tea satisfied to be chasing a total of 220-7.

After an excellent tea, Ross openers Mair and Element strode to the crease and early boundaries raised confidence before the Chairman nicked to the keeper for 8.

Graham Howls reached a circumspect 14 before falling leg before wicket to the hosts Captain Emery and Charlie Cole, quickly followed for just a couple.

Meanwhile, Ben Element continued untroubled on his way to his first 50 of the season and added a half century partnership either side of drinks with the Captain but, with the required rate increasing, a cluster of three quick wickets scuppered the Ross reply in its tracks.

First Donovan was adjudged leg before wicket for a classy 26, Keith Flitton quickly followed for a duck before Element was stumped trying to up the scoring rate.

With 100 still required and overs running out, bonus points came into the equation, Simon Timewell (30) and Jim Lewis (21) made sure that batting points were collected and both hit some lusty boundaries before Alexander Springer joined in the fun to take Ross to a final total of 178-8 and a nine point haul from the game.

Lots of action to look forward to at The Park this weekend with both Ross teams playing at home. The Firsts entertain early league leaders Canon Frome whilst the Seconds aim for back to back victories in their fixture against Kington, having enjoyed an exciting three wicket away victory at Woolhope last weekend.

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