Ross-on-Wye Hedgehogs close in on promotion

By Ross Gazette sports reporter in Cricket

Ross-on-Wye 1st XI travelled away to fourth-placed Ledbury in the Marches League last Saturday, for an encounter at the hosts’ stunning new ground. 

Ross lost the toss, and were put into bat on what was a very hard wicket, with a good covering of grass.

An early run out immediately gave the Hedgehogs some early nerves, but Masud Ahmed and Harry Friend both settled down to take Ross past 50. They were up against steady accurate bowling before they both fell in quick succession, for 27 and 26 respectively.

The wicket was proving quite tricky to score on as the normally fluent Toby Hiram took 41 balls for his 11, whilst Jack Donovan also fell for the same score.

This week it was the turn of Ben Lander to play the starring role with the bat as he plundered an excellent 53, at better than a run a ball, as Ross upped the scoring rate in the last 15 overs of the innings.

Harry King 31 and Andrew Tingle 17 then piled more misery on Ledbury as they hit a few maximums to help Ross reach a total of 198-9 from 45 overs.

This latest win sees the Hedgehogs 25 points clear at the top of the table with three home games left to finish the season. All supporters are welcome as the fight for silverware is played out over the remaining Saturdays of August at The Park.

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