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Rockingham's 2nd XI Advances Amidst a Spirited Effort from Darfield's Youthful Side

Author: Steve Taylor

12 May 2024

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In a commendable display of sportsmanship and resilience, Rockingham's 2nd XI has gracefully moved to the second round of the President's Trophy. The match against Darfield CC, though challenging, showcased the spirit of cricket at its finest.

Rockingham, having been put in to bat first, saw openers Tyler Jowitt and Joe Evans build a formidable partnership. Jowitt's steady 30 runs and Evans' outstanding 110 runs set a strong foundation for their team. Lewis Upton's (sponsored by Seaman Herbert & Co and Scott Cricket Bats) swift 52 runs further bolstered Rockingham's position, leading them to a respectable total of 226 for 3.

Darfield CC, fielding a side with a significant presence of under-15 players due to last-minute dropouts, faced an uphill battle. Their young squad, brimming with potential, stepped onto the field with determination. Captain Kyle Kitching led by example, scoring 24 runs and showcasing the talent that runs deep in the team's ranks.

Rockingham's bowlers, Kel Bennett and Matty Cox (sponsored by Lion Autos), delivered impressive spells, taking 5 wickets for 7 runs and 3 wickets for 1 run, respectively. Their performance, while remarkable, came against a Darfield side that showed great promise through their young players' participation.

The game concluded with Darfield scoring 62 runs in 16.1 overs. Despite the outcome, the experience gained by Darfield's youthful team is invaluable and speaks volumes about their future potential in the sport.

As Rockingham prepares to face Frecheville in the next round, both teams can take pride in their performance. This match was not just a victory for Rockingham but a testament to the enduring spirit and emerging talent in cricket.

Scorecard: https://rockinghamcolliery.play-cricket.com/website/results/6154414