Ross-on-Wye 2nds continue winning run

By Ross Gazette sports reporter in Cricket

On a beautifully sunny afternoon in picturesque Hay-on-Wye, Ross 2nds won the toss and despite a lush, green wicket, had no hesitation in opting to bat first.

Despite the immediate setback of losing new opener Dee Springer for a duck, skipper Richard Jeffryes (35) and Tony Leslie (47) took a patient and considered approach against a disciplined attack and despite only reaching 69-1 at the half way point in the innings the pair began to up the run rate against the change bowlers before Jeffryes holed out in the deep and shortly afterwards Leslie followed suit.

Ross were then indebted to Alex Springer (23) and Michael Jeffryes (50) as the pair peppered the boundary with a barrage of aggressive shots.

With Si Timewell chipping in with 14 not out at the end of the innings Ross had rapidly transformed the final score into a very defendable target of 193-6.

In reply the hosts were soon in trouble as Lizzie Jeffryes and Cameron Hill made serious inroads into the Hay top order. Jeffryes (4-34) picked up four wickets for the second week running and Hill one as the hosts slipped to 62-5. Then T Davies (65) and G Moore (23) dug in to generate a threatening partnership before Wayne Husbands (2-37) caught and bowled Moore.

Husbands and Alex Springer (1-29) then took a further wicket apiece to leave Hay at 133-8 before Davies and number ten Griffiths added 39 for the 9th wicket. Just as the hosts threatened to sneak victory Alex Springer took a fantastic catch off the bowling of Cameron Hill to dismiss Davies.

Hill then immediately followed this up by dismissing Griffiths for 19, courtesy of a catch by Dee Springer, to leave Hay 172 all out. Hill finished with figures of 3-39 which enabled Ross to close out an excellent victory by 21 runs.

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