OFF FIELD Success
Whilst the Rovers continue to experience a superb resurgence on the pitch, off it there has been arguably more success in the shape of cricket journalist Will Macpherson (2004-2009).
He is now the full time cricket and rugby correspondent for the Evening Standard.
You can also follow him on twitter via the below link:
Recent Rovers News
Guernsey make strong start in vantaa
Our man Nighters stars with the bat as Guernsey win their first T20 World Cup Qualifier. Tom top scored with 40 off 24 balls including four 4s and a couple of maximums, and picks up the Player of the Match award in the process as Guernsey beat Bulgaria by 52 runs.
Next up Luxembourg today - Mission accomplished, another win, this time by 17 runs, 28 more for Tom. Huge game Wednesday against table toppers Austria. An angonising loss to Austria by two wickets with just two balls to spare, a great scrap given the winners were 100-3 in the 9th! Next up Slovenia tomorrow, the 28th, good luck. Bosh - dispatched by 9 wickets, come on Guernsey. I think that means Guernsey are in the play-offs - have it.
makes international debut
Congratulations to Alice who made her 'long awaited' international debut last
Saturday the 23rd July. While we originally thought she was a keeper, her exploits in
last season's Hundred showcased her ability with the bat, but it was with the ball that she made an impression for England, taking a wicket with her second delivery - we're sure there's much more to come.
Alice followed this up with a cracking 25 from 17, including four consecutive boundaries, in the 3rd T20, helping England to another win and white ball clean sweep against South Africa.
good luck 'nighters'
Good luck to Tom Nightingale in his upcoming T20 World Cup qualifiers for Guernsey over the next seven days - bring it
Congratulations to Mason and Hampshire who became this year's T20 Blast champions on an unbelievable night in Birmingham last Saturday. Batting first against Lancashire they were in a bit of a pickle, but a 19 run 9th wicket partnership with Chris Wood saw them post 152.
Long story short, 1-19 from 'our' man, what looked like a
clear caught behind which remained not out after reviewing, followed by an LBW reversed under review and Lancashire were cruising. However if there's one team in the competition that can defend, it's the Hawks. If you haven't seen the last few overs I beg you to go and find them, you'll thank me later...and you'll also understand why the Rovers WhatsApp group went into meltdown.
rovers week 2022
So another hugely successful tour has been put to bed:
P4 W1 D1 L2
The week started with our much anticipated Cricketer Cup quarter-final against the Bradfield Waifs on the Sunday before concluding on the Friday with our one victory of the week against the Ivy Club. I'm pretty sure everyone had a great time, including the many younger debutantes - I think we can count ourselves fortunate to have played last week, beautiful as the weather was, compared to this week's heatwave. Click on the link on the left for match reports and other 'snippets' for the week.
rovers v waifs
cricketer cup quarter-final
So Sunday July 10th saw the Rovers play their first Cricketer Cup quarter-final since 1994 having 'seen off' the Old Tonbridgians and Old Cliftonians in previous rounds.
A tremendous number of supporters from both sides were present on a glorious day at Lancing, and having won the toss Hector inserted the Waifs as the President's Bar opened for business.
Nick Ballamy opened up with Matt Lee, the
latter making a couple of early breakthroughs and after nine overs the Waifs
were reeling at 28-3. Unfortunately the pitch dried out, the covers had been on overnight, and Darby (142) and Bransgrove (73) put on 171 for the 4th wicket, forming the backbone of their par total of 286-7 in their 50 overs. Matt was the pick of the bowlers with 3-54, Ballas finished with 2-47, Hector 2-60, James Allen was his usual miserly self (0-36 off 10) whilst Henry Gane and Lewis Franklin toiled hard for no reward.
Rovers talisman Ryan Maskell opened up with AJ Wood, the latter departing for 7 before Jack Dawling (he's the one missing from the team photo!) helped put on 63 for the 2nd wicket before being run out. Everyone chipped in but once Ryan was out for 59 scoreboard pressure took over, and despite 24 from Hec, 17 for Ballas, 22 from Wakers and 13* from JAllen we succumbed to a disappointing 97 run defeat.
Unfortunately Clifton match winner Mason Crane was unavailable due to his day job (playing for Hampshire), but similarly the Waifs were without Harry Came who scored a ton in the previous round (he played for Derby the previous night in the Blast).
But what a run...not to be this year but we made a few friends on the way and have something to build on for next season, the Cup knows we're back and we won't fear anyone, apart from maybe Millfield!
you've been craned!
***rovers win in Bristol***
The Rovers pulled off another win in the West Country on Sunday, beating the Old Cliftonians by four wickets. Their reward being a home quarter-final on July 10th against the Bradfield Waifs who saw off the Eton Ramblers.
Following the traditional evening out in Bristol before the match the Rovers arrived at the stunning setting of Clifton College with showers in the air. Ballas lost the toss and eleven slightly hungover Rovers took to the field.
Ballas and Matty Lee took the new ball, and with the help of some slightly sub-standard fielding the OCs cruised along at five an over for the first eight before Ballas made a double breakthrough in the ninth to leave them 38-2. When Matt had their star man Ollie Meadows caught behind for 21 we began to get on top. JAllen bowled a magnificent spell taking 2-24 off his ten, and ably supported by Plod, 2-16 off 5.2 we pulled back the run rate and had them in all sorts. With the exception of their skipper with 33, their last six batsmen only contributed 19 runs between them. The introduction of Mason, third change in the 25th over accelerated their demise and a wicket with his first ball set the tone, finishing with 3-16 off seven. Clifton all out for 130 in 37.2 overs - game on.
As in the previous round, we decided to make it exciting for the spectators! Ryan, AJ, Ballas and Disco scoring just 19 between them, Rovers 48-4 after 16. OJ then ran a miss-field, surely the first thing you're taught not to do at prep school, and all of a sudden we're in real trouble. While all this was going on Mason was quietly going about his business at the other end, he never looked like giving his wicket away, and with our erstwhile skipper George at the other end, they put on 62 for the sixth wicket, George departing with just three required. The partnership wasn't without its highlights though as George consistently drove 'uppishly', was dropped once, and nearly run out about six times by Mason, neither of them realising just how unfit George is.
Mason finished with a magnificent 79* as the Rovers knocked off the required runs in 42.4 overs, securing the MOM award. and ensuring the Rovers equalled their best ever performance in the Cricketer Cup, is this the year we finally reach a semi-final - make sure you're down at Lancing on July 10th to find out. #UTR
cricketer cup 2nd round update
With a rather plush looking apartment, for now anyway, secured for Saturday night's revelries in Bristol, the squad for our second round match against the Old Cliftonians is coming together nicely.
Unfortunately new club skipper Hector is still unavailable for selection, and we'll be without the services of Wakers, Isaac and Lewis, but in steps George H, OJ and Freano so the balance of the side remains.
If the guys can pull themselves away from this particular establishment any time before sunrise we could be in with a shout! And if we can pull off another victory we'll find ourselves back at HQ on July 10th, the day before the Rovers Tour against either the Eton Ramblers or Bradfield Waifs.
12 JUNE 2022: ROVERS BEAT OLD TONBRIDGIANS BY 4 WICKETS
Lancing Rovers hosted Old Tonbridgians, the most successful team in the Cricketer Cups history. With the challenge ahead, Lancing managed to secure the services of Mason Crane, an England Test spinner, to make his debut for the Rovers 7 years after leaving the college.
Tonbridgians won the toss and chose to bat. Lancing took to the field and set the tone with skipper for the day Nick Ballamy picking up the opening wicket in the 3rd over. Lancing’s bowling attack continued to impress throughout, keeping momentum and consistently breaking any partnerships starting to form. The pick of the bowlers went to Henry Gane taking 4 for 25 off his 10 overs. Lancing reduced Tonbridgians to 127 all out off 39 overs, without having to call upon the services of Mason
Lancing then took to the crease for a 15 minute session before lunch, losing a wicket in the first over, which gave Tonbridgians hope. After lunch Lancing looked comfortable with their situation as they were slowly making strides closer to the target, but the drinks’ break caused some distraction as they lost 3 wickets in 2 overs. A fine partnership from AJ Wood (50) and Rob Wakeford (47) then swung the momentum back into Lancing’s hands as they chased the total down in 43 overs, beating Old Tonbridgians by 4 wickets.
The Nicholson Player MOM award went to Henry Gane for a magnificent bowling display. Lancing Rovers now travel to Bristol on the 26th June to play Old Cliftonians in the next round.
ROBIN "FREANDOG" FREAN HAS BEEN DROPPED TO 12TH MAN ESKY DUTIES... #tease
7 JUNE 2022: CRICKETER CUP FIRST ROUND SQUAD ANNOUNCED
The following have been selected to take on the Old Tonbridgians on Sunday…in no particular order:
N. Ballamy (c)
R. Maskell (wk)
12th man: tbc
MASON CRANE - 50th T20 CAP
Congratulations to Mason who won his 50th T20 cap last night playing for Hampshire against Somerset at the Ageas Bowl. Unfortunately it wasn't in a winning cause as the Hawks went down by 4 wickets, but with a cheeky red inker batting at 10 and a wicket with his third ball, not a bad evening's 'work'.
CRICKETER CUP 2022 DRAW ANNOUNCED
June 12th 2022 sees our much anticipated 1st round fixture against the Old Tonbridgians at Lancing. No other side has won the Cricketer Cup more often, their last win coming just three years ago so it won't be easy.
That said, the only team to have beaten the Rovers in knock-out cricket since 2016 are last year's Cup winners the Old Millfieldians and I'm sure Tonbridge won't relish a 1st round shoot out, hopefully without too many of their stars.
The match is scheduled for 50 0vers and due to start at 11.30am.
It would be great to have some support, and of course, everyone is more than welcome to come and watch a famous victory.
Up the Rovers!