CRICKET: RUGBY boosted their chances of winning the Warwickshire Cricket League Premier Division after tieing against Solihull Municipal on Saturday afternoon.
Following a morning downpour across the region, Rugby won the toss and elected to bowl first.
Solihull didn’t make the best of starts when Mike Rowley fell for seven runs while No.3 Nathan Boyce could only add four to the current league leader’s total.
Tyler Walsh and Alex Roslyn helped Rugby’s cause by adding 55 and 17 runs respectively, however inconsistencies in the middle order saw Rugby fail to establish a genuine total.
Joseph Jarema (28) and Craig Bissett (20) helped the home side reach into the three figures, but accurate bowling from Lee Golding restricted Solihull’s total.
Golding returned with outstanding figures of six wickets for just 77 runs from ten well bowled overs as Solihull were skittled out for 158.
In reply, Rugby made a good start as Asaad Qureshi hit 41 to set the visitors on a good early note.
But, like Solihull, Rugby were plagued by inconsistencies as middle order batsmen Jeevan Barhey (7), Michael Powell (4), Matthew Ewer (0), and Hugh Cochrane (8) failed to hit double figure scores.
Henry Wilkins and skipper Owen Edwards helped the score along with 15 and 22 respectively.
But only Raj Chohan (17) could post another score of note as Rugby’s tailend collapsed.
Incredibly though, No.11 Vishaal Rathod stood tall and hit an unquestionable 16 – including a four and six – to ensure Rugby reached 158 before they were bowled out, meaning the game ended in a tie.