Rowledge Renegades off to an impressive start

By Colin Channon   |   Editorial manager   |
Monday 10th August 2020 11:46 am
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ROWLEDGE Renegades produced a fine all-round display to beat Guildford Thunder in their Surrey Tier One national under-19 T20 competition.

Made to bowl first, the Renegades put in another excellent bowling and fielding performance to restrict the hosts’ total and then batted positively to win the game by seven wickets.

Rowledge’s opening attack of the brothers Will and Ollie Ryman bowled quickly and accurately and after an early wicket caught behind for younger brother Ollie, they contained the early Guildford batsmen.

With the assistance of Ethan Martin, they held the Thunder to 45 for two off ten overs.

The introduction of spin also made the home team work for their runs but Tom Greene played superbly for his 50 and held the team together – although 105 seemed a low score for the excellent Woodbridge Road ground.

Ollie Baker finished with 2-20 off his four overs as Max Martin controlled the bowling changes and field positions well.

Rowledge openers Lereux and Seeborn, fresh from his 81 against Hampshire Academy on Saturday, produced a positive and attacking approach. At the halfway stage the visitors were 64 for one with Seeborn going for a brisk 22 and coasting towards a win.

The wicket seemed to rattle the batsmen and runs dried up but the fast start made sure the result was never without doubt. Lereux carried his bat for 44 and Rowledge finally got over the line in the 18th over, losing only two more wickets.

Rowledge had earlier travelled to Valley End and beaten them by 42 runs at their beautiful new ground.

Mid-order batsmen Ollie Baker (33), Will Ryman (28) and Ethan Martin (27) all played positively and classically, and the total of 134 for seven seemed competitive on a fast outfield and good wicket.

The home side were in a good position early on but a couple of outstanding catches by Butterfield and Martin turned the game, and the introduction of spinners Ollie Baker and Max Martin saw wickets falling regularly as they took three wickets apiece, restricting. Only Clifford and Valley End to 92.

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