Beaten by return of summer

By Mark Elson   |   Senior Reporter   |
Wednesday 1st August 2018 7:10 am
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Ruardean: Jack Weaving, Nick Jayne, Aaron Barnett, Dave Elsmore (president), Tom Penson, Nathan Hawkins, Jack Robins, Terry Powell, Paul Weaving, Adam Cole (captain), Tony Williamson, Kieran Lilley. ()

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Gloucestershire County Cricket League

Ruardean Hill 100-2 (16.4 overs) v Hardwicke

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A USEFUL winning run for Ruardean Hill was frustratingly brought to a halt by the weather which forced the abandonment of their county league fixture against Gloucester side Hardwicke.

The Forest side had made 100-2 after being put into bat.

Both sides agreed the match could not continue after 16.4 overs had been bowled.

Top scorer for the home side was number three batsman Tom Penson who scored 35 before being bowled by Paul Lane.

Opener Paul Weaving was undefeated on 30 when time was called and also at the crease was Nick Jayne on 12 not out.

The other Ruardean batsmen to take to the field, opener Tony Williamson, was caught off the bowling of Chris McWhannell for seven.

Both sides were awarded seven points for the abandonment.

It was frustrating but inevitable that the game had to be called off, said Ruardean captain Adam Cole.

He said: “There were puddles on the pitch and at one point we had hail so there was no way the game could continue.

“It was frustrating because we have had three wins on the trot and from where we were, we would have hoped to have got a good score.”

The weather also put paid to the Division Two game at nearby Cinderford St John’s where just 17.2 overs were bowled.

Cinderford and opponents Woodmancote were each awarded six points.

A full quota was possible in the Division One game at Chipping Sodbury where Lydney came up just short of the target.

Set 222 to win, the Forest side were bowled out for 194, a deficit of 27 runs.

Corey Notley-Barnard and Paul Morris each picked up a couple of wickets.

Captain Jonathan Kear hit 77 including seven fours and a six.

In Division Four, Lydney Seconds were defeated by Fairford.

Redmarley coasted to victory in Division One, set a target of just 64 by Apperley..

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