Last Saturday saw Rostherne clock up another victory this time on the road away at Sandbach. With the weather imposing itself in the area for most of the day it seemed like the game would either be completed, or alternatively end up being a draw.
With the game starting just inside the regulation 15 minutes of the actual start time, it was Rostherne who were sent into the field for the first 48 overs to see if they could undo the Sandbach team's batting line up.
The Sandbach innings started quite slow with the scoreboard ticking over mainly due to the number of extras being served up to the opposition, however after a positive change in to the bowling attack by skipper Pete Britton, saw him reap the rewards, leading to him skittling the first three Sandbach wickets inside 41 runs.
From here a period of calm was restored into the Sandbach innings, stabilised by some effective defensive shots from the men at the crease. As a result the in batsmen seemed to want to turn the board over slowly and put up some positive resistance.
With a further bowling change, saw two more wickets fall both to Daniels. Firstly, a caught and bowled off the second ball of his first over, and the second on the second ball of the next over, thanks to a catch from Tony Rowland, a rarity indeed.
more to follow..........I will write some more when I get over the shock of Rowland's catch, yes Rosthernites he has finally done it!!
After Daniels partnership breaking wicket and the removal of the new batsmen the task of removing the final wickets came down to Rowland, Britton and Farooq who cleaned up the tail, leaving Sandbach on 108 all out.
Post tea Rostherne were set the task of reaching 109 runs to win the game. This was going to need to be a thoroughly professional performance from the openers Britton and Farooq in order to ensure the full amount of points.
With the target set both players set about achieving the target with relative ease, even though Sandbach's young attack gave both players a torrid time with some excellent left arm swing bowling that would test anybody.
After 35 overs the game was completed with Rostherne scoring 110 runs for the loss of no wickets.
Result: Rostherne 25 points Sandbach 4 points
I would like to wish Sandbach good luck for the rest of the season and would also like to pay tribute to their young bowling attack who bowled commendably well considering the oldest bowler was 18 years of age.