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:
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!!!!!!!!!