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Rockingham 2nd XI: Triumph at Sprotbrough CC Continues Winning Streak

Author: Steve Taylor

12 May 2024

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The brightest news of the day came from Sprotbrough, where the 2nd XI extended their victorious run with a compelling 4-wicket win against Sprotbrough CC. The match, a showcase of strategic prowess and tenacious spirit, saw Rockingham’s bowlers and batters rise to the occasion in a display that will be remembered for the games to come.

Bowling Brilliance Restricts Sprotbrough

The home team, taking the bat first, faced a formidable Rockingham bowling attack that kept the runs in check. The result was a paltry 91 runs on the board, a testament to the disciplined bowling display from the visitors. Kel Bennett, fresh from last week’s success, continued his form by adding another ‘W’ to his tally, giving away a mere 4 runs in his 6-over spell.

Ben Shore’s skill and pace were on full display as he claimed 2 wickets for 11 runs in 5 overs. Ryan Mann (sponsored by A&M Hadfield Funeral Directors) also made his mark, securing his first wicket of the season. However, it was the experienced duo of Richard Skipworth (sponsored by Howard Tenens) and Alan Lockwood who truly turned the screws on Sprotbrough. Skipworth’s consistent line and length earned him 2 wickets from 10 overs, while Lockwood’s accurate right-arm spin wreaked havoc, claiming an impressive 4 wickets for 32 runs in 9.2 overs.

A Chase Marked by Resilience

The second innings brought with it a sense of anticipation as Rockingham began their chase. An early setback saw both openers dismissed with just 6 runs each, momentarily igniting hope in the Sprotbrough camp. But the tide turned with Mason Bannister and Lewis Upton (sponsored by Seaman Herbert & Co and Scott Cricket Bats) at the crease. Upton, continuing his rich vein of form, top-scored with 27 runs, while Bannister contributed a crucial 16 runs. Despite falling to Frecheville’s ace bowler Sulaimaan Ahmed, their efforts had significantly dented the target.

Kel Bennett’s steady 12 runs and Skipworth’s classy finish, also adding 12 runs, steered Rockingham to a well-earned victory.

Celebrating the Win and Looking Forward

This win not only adds another chapter to Rockingham 2nd XI’s winning narrative but also serves as a beacon of inspiration for the club. The synergy between experience and emerging talent, the calm under pressure, and the collective drive to succeed are qualities that bode well for the future.

As Rockingham revels in this triumph, the focus now shifts to maintaining the momentum and carrying this winning attitude into the upcoming fixtures. The 2nd XI’s performance at Sprotbrough CC is a clear indication that they are a force to be reckoned with, and their journey is far from over. The path ahead is paved with opportunities, and Rockingham is ready to seize them all.

Scorecard: https://rockinghamcolliery.play-cricket.com/website/results/6154012