Rowledge III 173 – 4
Penton I 172 – all out
O Baker 4*28
Rowledge won by 6 wickets
Penton opened the batting against top of the league Rowledge with openers Richard Jenson (12) and John Hunter (7) facing the tight bowling of young Olly Baker and Tony Watts. Baker didn’t have to wait too long before he took both their wickets, but Bevon Joseph (32) raised the game with a quick volley of six 4’s and a 6 in his first 14 balls to push the score along. Unfortunately Joseph’s innings was cut short when another hit went sky-high and Jack Powell kept his nerve to receive the catch.
The Staff brothers kept the score moving along, but with more wickets lost Corbett Joseph (44) followed his brother’s lead and started hitting the ball out of the ground with two 4’s and four 6’s in his first 16 balls. Baker again halted Penton’s progress by taking Joseph’s wicket. Penton were all out on the last ball of the innings with a total of 172.
Rowledge openers Tom Reeves (31) and Max Martin (18) kept the score moving along at an average of 3 an over, but Jack Moodie’s bowling finally saw Reeves caught with a fine catch by Kerry Charles. Martin Patrick’s bowling then saw Max Martin caught by wicket keeper Huw Rouse on the 21st over with the score on 70. With 103 runs required off the last 21 overs Rowledge needed to keep their nerve, and the loss of Richard Fulham (23) and Mark Garman (9) with the score on 97 by the 27th over gave Penton hope of a win. Olly Baker (48*) and captain Carlo Bruno (28*) steadily kept the total moving upwards and their tenacity eventually passed Penton’s total in the last over of the game, to the delight of Rowledge and the “if-only’s” of Penton.
Report by – Bob Wootten