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SuccessOFF the Field

Whilst the Rovers have been experiencing a superb resurgence on the pitch, off it there has been more success in the shape of cricket journalist Will Macpherson (2004-2009).


Having been a journalist for the Guardian, Times, and ESPNcricinfo, Will was named the 2016 Christopher Martin-Jenkins Young Cricket Writer of the Year.

 

He is now the full time cricket correspondent for the Evening Standard.

You can also follow him on twitter via the below link:

 

@willis_macp


 

ROVERS SCORE 470 AND WIN THEIR SECOND CRICKETER TROPHY IN THE MOST PHENOMENAL FASHION - RYAN MASKELL SCORES 309!

August 03, 2019

Superlatives cannot do justice to what occurred on Sunday 4 August 2019 - but I will try...
 

Having won the toss, we elected to bat...this would prove to be a good decision.

 

Ryan Maskell and Aden-jay Wood strode to the crease as they have done for every trophy game for the past 2 years and proceeded to very patiently see off the two opening bowlers (both of whom were very handy).

After 10 overs with the score at 47-1, no-one was expecting what next followed...

Ryan and Matt Clarke proceeded to put on an incredible 404 - yes FOUR HUNDRED and FOUR - for the second wicket and when Ryan was finally out (in the 48th over) he had scored a staggering 309 including 33 4s and 21 6s!!! When Matt then followed suit at the start of the 49th over he had scored a run a ball faultless 110.

We ended our innings in somewhat bizarre circumstances with the final over including a hattrick for G.Warwick of Old Monmothians and a reverse lap for 4 by skipper Holman off his first ball and the last ball of the innings. So at the close of play we had scored a somewhat unfathomable 470-6! 

In reply, the Old Monmothians had to come out guns blazing (and, in fairness, gave it a good go) however they were all out for 273.


Many thanks to all the parents and supporters who witnessed this incredible performance. 

 

The Trophy win caps another absolutely outstanding season for the Rovers and will (fingers firmly crossed!) put us in contention for being re-admitted to the Cricketer Cup next year!

 

To add even further icing to the cake our efforts got us a mention on Test Match Special! Here is the link to the clip:

https://www.lancingcollege.co.uk/sites/default/files/Lancing%20Rovers%20Cricketer%20Trophy%20Win%202019.m4a

We will be having an end of season party to celebrate this year so stay tuned on that front but for now a massive thank you to everyone for your endless energy and enthusiasm - it is the heartbeat of our now flourishing club!

  

Up the Rovers!!!!!!!!!

ROVERS WEEK 2019

July 13, 2019

Rovers Week 2019 was going to need to be something extraordinary to top Rovers 2018...and extraordinary it was... 

 

The club played a record 7 games in 8 days including: 

 

- a memorable trip down to Bath in the Cricketer Trophy Quarter Final on Sunday 7 July;

 

- 5 back-to-back fixtures from Monday 8 July through to Friday 12 July; and

- a cracking win against Old Hamptonians in the Cricketer Trophy semi-final as well as England winning the world cup on Sunday 14 July!

To read El Presidente's thoroughly entertaining report of the whole week click on the button below! 

ROVERS BEAT OLD HAMPTONIANS BY 153 RUNS TO BOOK PLACE IN CRICKETER TROPHY FINAL FOR THE SECOND SUCCESSIVE YEAR

July 13, 2019

Having lost the toss, we were a little surprisingly asked to bat. We went on to amass a very strong 295-7 off our 50 overs with all of the top order - messrs AJ, Maskell, M.Clarke, Crosby and Nightingale - scoring runs. Special mention to M.Clarke for a very patient 75 and Nightingale for an incredibly destructive 50.

 

Set 296 to win, and with England just beginning their run chase in the CWC Final, it is fair to say the OHs had a tall order and, after N.Ballamy picked up a 3 wicket maiden to leave them at 35-5, the game felt all but done. That said, the OH tail did wag well and so when Nighters finally dismissed their number 11 they finished on 142 all out.

This win sees us make the Cricketer Trophy Final for the second successive year which is absolute testament to the current strength of our squad and there is no reason whatsoever why we shouldn’t go the whole way and win it.

We will face Old Monmothians in the final and, having spoken to quite a few of you already, I know there are lots planning to come for the day which is cracking news.

It should also be the perfect way to end the Rovers season so please if you can do bring a picnic and come support the boys!

The gazebo will be there in force and the bar will be open with landlord El Presidente holding court!

 

The match will be at Gerrards Cross Cricket Club and play will start at 11:30.

Up the Rovers!!!

ROVERS CHASE DOWN 189 IN 19 OVERS AGAINST OLD MONKTONIANS IN CRICKETER TROPHY QUARTER FINAL

July 06, 2019

Very happy to report that the Lancing Rovers continued their 2019 Cricketer Trophy campaign in fine style yesterday with a 6 wicket victory in Bath against the Old Monktonians.

 

Set 189 to win by Old Monktonians, R.Maskell and T.Nightingale set about business in emphatic style and the Rovers knocked off the required runs in just 19.3 overs!

 

R.Maskell finished with an unbeaten 110 off only 59 balls and T.Nightingale 63 off 40 balls!

 

The Rovers now face Old Hamptonians in the semi-final at Lancing this coming Sunday so if you are available to come and support please do!

 

Up the Rovers!!

ROVERS WEEK 2019 MATCHDAY SQUADS

July 02, 2019

With Rovers Week 2019 almost upon us below are the final teams for each of the five days! 

Yet again we have managed fill 5 back-to-back fixtures throughout the week with fully fledged Rovers which is absolutely great to report and full testament to the current health of the club!

On behalf of the committee, a massive massive thank you to you all - without your enthusiasm and commitment both Rovers Week and the current status of the club just would not be what it currently is!

 

The newly jazzed up gazebo is ready, the eski will be filled with iced g&ts and beers, and, most importantly, el Presidente's hotly awaited 2019 Rovers Week t-shirt design will finally be unveiled!!

Very much looking forward to seeing you all at some point next week!!

Up the Rovers!!!!

Rovers beat Old Westminster by 54 runs in the Cricketer Trophy First Round - onwards to Old Monktonians and a tour to Bath!!

June 15, 2019

The Rovers got their Cricketer Trophy campaign off to a sterling start with a 54 run win against Old Westminster!

 

Following a delayed start due to the heavens, we lost the toss and were put into bat.

With 11 fully fledged batsmen on the team sheet and a bowling attack consisting of 5/6 spinners we somewhat welcomed this news.

 

Indeed what next followed is probably only best described as carnage as Ryan Maskell and AJ Wood proceeded to hit the first 5 overs for 50 runs.

 

Maskell went on to score his 50 and AJ 20 odd. A slight wobble in middle overs left us looking a little light on the runs however some strong hitting from lower down the order from Disco, Hector, N.Ballamy and a few thwacked sixes from James Allen saw us finish on what seemed a slightly above par 180 on a wet outfield off our 30 overs.

 

That said, it was going to take a decent performance in the field to ensure we got over the line. Cue Brandon Hanley and James Allen proceeding to bowl the first 6 over power play (only 2 outside the ring) for the loss of only 10 runs. This also included a rather ridiculously good caught and bowled for Jallen, snaffling a straight drive which looked set to kill the umpire.

 

OWs were from there somewhat up against it with the run rate and, following a strong squeeze in the middle overs courtesy of the bowling of H.Gane and Hector Loughton, they never got up to the required rate. Two brief but highly enjoyable stints late on from Maskell and Ballamy as well as the reintroduction of the unplayable B.Hanley and J.Allen saw us over the finish line bowling the OWs out for 126.

 

A fantastic effort by all involved and an away trip to Old Monktonians (and a Saturday night in Bath) now awaits on Sunday 7 July!!

Inaugural Free Foresters fixture goes down to the wire - Rovers lose in final over!

June 01, 2019

On a somewhat glorious somewhat overcast day, the Rovers narrowly lost for the first time this season at the hands of the Free Foresters.

 

Having scored a slightly under par 210 off our 45, we kept it competitive thanks to some tight bowling and fielding and indeed took the game to the last over. Requiring 4 runs to win, the Free Foresters got home with 3 balls to spare to win by 5 wickets.

 

Result aside, a cracking new Sunday fixture has hopefully been cemented for the club against a good bunch of chaps.

 

Memorable moments from the day included:

- The first ever Rovers Instagram Live broadcast of the toss (1 from 1 for the season)

- AJ Wood being somewhat bizarrely run out without facing a ball off the first ball of the game (if anyone knows what the technical term for this is please let us know (not sure a “diamond duck” applies to the non striker?!))

- R.Maskell 46, G.Holman 44, R.Frean 34, N.Ballamy 24

- J.Cobbold 7.3-1-35-2, R.Maskell 7-0-21-1, N.Ballamy 9-1-31-1

 

Massive thanks to all that made the effort to play - I know there were a few dusty heads after the champions league final...onwards and upwards to Clifford Chance next Sunday!

 

Up the Rovers!!!

Rovers go back-to-back at Founders Day!

May 24, 2019

On a glorious afternoon the Rovers kickstarted their 2019 season with a 44 run win against the School!

Batting first, we posted 209-4 off our 35 overs with runs coming from G.Holman 79*, A.Hares 34, F.Aylett 26 and R.Frean 24*.

In reply our opening bowlers - messrs R.Clarke and J.Kilhams - did proverbial bits with the new ball (Clarke ending with 3 wickets and JK 2 wickets) before R.Frean, J.Smethurst and H.Gane shared the remaining wickets between themselves.

By all accounts a cracking way to start the 2019 campaign with a few beers in the sun after the game - onwards and upwards to Free Foresters next Sunday!

Up the Rovers!!!

2019 FIXTURES

March 09, 2019

Following the success of last year's new fixtures against Clifford Chance, Oundle Rovers and the Ivy Club, we are very pleased to welcome them all back in 2019. 

In addition, this year we very excitingly welcome the Free Foresters!

For the full fixture card click below!

Rovers lose to Old Millfieldians in Cricketer Trophy Final

August 04, 2018

The Rovers ended their 2018 season with a loss by 7 wickets in the final of the Cricketer Trophy Final to a very strong Old Millfieldians.

Having knocked up 220 off our 50, this was very professionally chased down by OMs with the loss of only 7 wickets. Despite the loss, there can be no doubt that the Rovers have experienced one of their most successful seasons in recent memory, with highlights including: 

 

- a glorious pre-season dinner at Lords;

- new fixtures against Clifford Chance, the Ivy Club and Oundle Rovers;

- a sun drenched 5 day Rovers week; and

- a cup run to the final (including a memorable weekend away in Monmouth!).

 

It really has been an incredible season - here is to 2019 being even better!

 

Onwards and upwards!

 

Up the Rovers!!!

Rovers beat Old Georgians by 38 runs to make the 2018 Cricketer Trophy final!

July 14, 2018

The Rovers sterling season continued on Sunday with the club beating last year's finalists Old Georgians to make it into the Cricketer Trophy final. 

Having won the toss (6 out 7 for the season), AJ Wood and J.Dawling strode to the crease. The pair put on a solid 40 before Dawling was caught. Disco Steve then took up the mantle and both he and AJ took it to the Old Georgians. Both knocked up half centuries and took us to a great position before some solid hitting from Wakers and H.Loughton lower down the order saw us get up to 248.

 

In response, N.Ballamy and H.Loughton bowled tight up top limiting their openers in the opening 10 overs. The Georgians then got going and despite some good bowling from Gane and Jallen, the Georgians were edging closer and closer courtesy mostly of their number 4 - ex-Derbyshire pro O'Gorman - who was looking very tidy.

 

With 10 overs left it was very much in the balance with the Old Georgians requiring a run a ball with 5 wickets in hand. This all changed when O'Gorman ran past a Freano leggie and was stumped (cueing jubilant scenes).

 

The Georgian lower order were then not able to keep up with the required rate and the reintroduction of Loughton and Ballamy saw them bowled out for 212 (38 runs short).

The victory capped an absolutely unbelievable week for the Rovers: played 7, won 6 (2 walkovers), lost 1.

 

The final game of the season will be the final of the Cricketer Trophy against Old Milfieldians on Sunday 5 August at Gerrards Cross cricket ground.

Up the Rovers!

ROVERS WEEK 2018

July 19, 2018

In what can only be described as one of the greatest Rovers Week in living memory, Rovers Week 2018 bore witness to 5 days of sun, cricket, a few refreshments, world cup highs and lows and much, much more. 

As ever, for a detailed account of the whole week written by El Presidente - Tim MacKenzie - click on the link below.

The First of Many: Rovers vs Ivy Club

July 12, 2018

The final game of Rovers Week 2018 saw the inaugural fixture between the Rovers and the Ivy Club. Skippered by one of the Rovers very own, Ralph Brunjes, the Ivy Club were absolute delight to host and all were in agreement that this was (and will continue to be!) the perfect way to close out Rovers Week.

 

For those interested, the Ivy Club have written a fantastic report of the day which can be accessed via the link below!

Rovers vs Clifford Chance

June 02, 2018

Click below to read the match report from the inaugural fixture between the Rovers and Clifford Chance!

An Evening with the Rovers

May 15, 2018

The Rovers kickstarted their 2018 campaign with a much overdue pre-season dinner at Lord's!

Test Debut and Wicket for Crane at the SCG

January 04, 2018

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