Rockhampton CC 2nd XI
2nd XI Team Captain
Results & Match Reports
Stone 1st XI v Rockhampton 2nd XI – 19 May 2018
Following a convincing six wicket win at Tetbury the previous week Rockhampton 2ndXI made the short trip to Stone looking to make it two wins on the bounce. After losing the toss and being asked to field on a scorching hot day, new recruit Sam Jukes made a early breakthrough bowling Ball in the second over.
A key moment in the game followed as tight bowling from Jukes and Chris Pearce (5-3-13-0) saw dangerman Pete Lavis attempt an ambitious quick single only to be run out thanks to some athletic fielding from youngster Sam Downes in the covers.
As Jukes continued to tie up one end (finishing with superb figures of 9-1-16-2), Cameron Waite, making his season debut due to university commitments, began an excellent spell, which would see him pick opposition skipper Pete Booth without troubling the scorers.
Spinners Ryan Tyler (8.3-2-26-0) and Mark Beale (6-0-18-1) both bowled with good control to tie down the middle of the Stone innings while Jordan Harding (5.3-0-24-2) followed up his impressive four wickets the week before with a further two as he dismissed Smith and Jones. After some late Stone resistance the Waite returned to mop up the final three wickets to finish with excellent figures of 7.4-0-22-4).
The Rams reply got off to a bad start as veteran Jeremy White fell to Lavis for 0 after a tight opening spell from the Stone opening bowlers. Nigel Hopkins and Harry Collins, in good form following his match winning 72 the week before, steadied the ship putting together a calming 56 run partnership before Hopkins fell for 17 looking to increase the run rate against the wily Ian Hall.
Rockhampton skipper Simon Hore (22 from 24 balls) then added a further 48 with Collins before the latter fell to the returning Lavis for 48. This precipitated a remarkable passage of play which saw Rockhampton lose seven wickets for 21 runs to leave the match hanging in the balance. As the chaos unfolded around him the experienced Beale remained calmness personified as he saw his team home with an unbeaten 19 with Harding also showing good resistance. The win sees Rockhampton stay at fourth in the third division of the Greene King Gloucestershire County League.