Last weekend saw three highly entertaining games for Ross Cricket Club. Firstly, on the evening of Friday, July 26th, the club hosted a highly anticipated game between Now Storage - sponsors of Ross’ Seconds for the 2019 season - and PGL, long term supporters of the cricket club.

In wonderful conditions an entertaining match unfolded, both from some experienced players and from those who had never even picked up a bat before. The Now Storage team came from EC Drummond employees, and many thanks go to Now Storage director, Mark Drummond, who had provided team shirts, as pictured, and the popular BBQ for the evening. Mark’s side chose to bat, and put on an imposing 162, featuring fine attacking innings from Tom Wareham, Hamish Cooke and Jim Burston. Ben Rimington, captain of PGL and regular Ross cricketer, helped to control the Now innings with two wickets from his allotted three overs.

After a break for refreshments, the two PGL openers, Giles Smith and “Scholesy” put on a fine opening partnership before Mike Thorn caught both out from close range, one off his own bowling. Ali Cook and Alex Springer, representing their mothers’ employer, scored 50 runs between them, supported by some PGL guys who had a wide variance in levels of experience at cricket. The game went to the last over, although PGL finished 29 runs behind. Everyone, including the many spectators, really enjoyed the evening, and there was much talk of a rematch. Many thanks to both companies for their support.

On Saturday, July 27th, both of the Ross-on-Wye sides returned to Marches league action, but unfortunately suffered the same fate, both sides losing by a handful of runs in unsuccessful chases. The firsts, entertaining Canon Frome, fell five runs short chasing 200 after Cameron Hill had shone with the ball, taking three wickets.See the full story in this week’s edition of the Ross Gazette, or subscribe to our online edition here