IN a 35 overs game at SWYNCOMBE on Sunday, GREYS GREEN were inserted on a pitch
IN a 35 overs game at SWYNCOMBE on Sunday, GREYS GREEN were inserted on a pitch heavily affected by the deluge of the day before.
After the loss of an early wicket, Shafqat and Cusden prevented any further inroads until, at 72, Shafqat was lbw to K Domnick. The second wicket pair had given the innings ballast, which left the field clear for the arrival of Rooke, who proceeded to strike the ball cleanly and frequently over the boundary. In the final 10 overs, 100 runs were added to give the visitors a total of 175-2 at tea, with Rooke ending on 80 not out from just 44 balls, with six fours and six sixes.
On a two-paced wicket, Swyncombe’s reply showed what, in different circumstances, might have happened in the first innings for early wickets fell in a cluster. Rooke made his mark, his opening gambit being three wickets, all clean bowled, in three overs and at one stage, Swyncombe found themselves six wickets down for just nine runs, with Ahmed, Jenkins, Sullivan and Shafqat all being successful along the way.
Stevens and J Crockett staged something of a recovery, which Hunt continued but it was always in a losing cause and Swyncombe were still 70 runs short of their target when their last wicket fell.