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Rimmer: Hugely encouraging season
ASTON Rowant CC and Gerrards Cross CC finished third and fourth respectively in Division Two West of the Home Counties league.
Cross won their final match to hold on to fourth, but they weren’t able to catch Rowant despite their final day defeat by Cove.
Cross were desperate for a victory after a dismal month that has seen them crash from champions-elect to also rans.
They hadn’t won in any of their previous five matches before rousing themselves against Great & Little Tew.
And it was a stunning spell of leg-spin bowling by Matt Watson that ensured Cross ended well, as he ripped the heart out of Tew with four wickets in one over.
Cross won the toss and batted first, and after slumping to 49-3 after 16 overs they rallied themselves with Pratik Patel (44) and James Hammerton (56 not out) shared a fourth wicket stand of 70.
That was followed by an 89-run stand off 84 balls between Hammerton and Brynley Richards (58).
Sam Bracey (24 off 15 balls) finished the innings with 18 off the last over as Cross reached 243-5.
In reply, Tew started well until Richards (3-25) reduced them to 73-4, but they regrouped to reach 148-4 with 12 overs remaining.
But this is when Watson struck. Four wickets in six balls left Tew’s innings in tatters and he went on to get his fifth wicket before the end as Cross won by 77 runs.
Captain Steve Rimmer said: “It was good to finish with a convincing win after a difficult August.
“We just stopped scoring runs. But it’s very easy to get down after four bad weeks in a row, but overall it’s been a hugely encouraging season.
“We won eight games compared to two last season, and we put ourselves in position.
“We’re disappointed we couldn’t force it home, but we’ve got to be pleased with that.”
Meanwhile, Aston Rowant were all out for 199 in reply to Cove’s score of 212-7.
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