Wrington strengthen their position at the top

JOINT top Wrington 2nds travelled to Fry's Club to face third placed Easton Cowboys.

JOINT top Wrington 2nds travelled to Fry's Club to face third placed Easton Cowboys.

Rain was forecasted for later, so taking this into account Cowboys skipper Ormesher won the toss and stuck the visitors in hoping to knock them over early and win before the rain came.

This theory looked good as Garner (8-1-47-3) took an early wicket. This only brought skipper McMullen to the crease, who had promoted himself up the order, to hit a measured 57 off 44 balls including seven fours and three sixes. Williams (31) and Garland (35) also looked impressive. Matt Beck was then joined by Matt Fowler, the latter smashing a quick 27, as the pair put on a wonderful 48 for the eighth-wicket partnership. Matt Beck finished with a superb 49 not out, his highest score in senior league cricket, to post a daunting 250-8 from their 40 overs.

Evan Gibbons was the pick of the Easton bowlers, at times proving unplayable, finishing with 8-0-27-2.

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The rain came in patches in the interval which left Cowboys wondering whether call it a day or go out and try to reach half the score in 20 overs before it was deemed to heavy to continue. They decided to take the field, with the visitors keen to try and defend their score and were soon regretting this decision as Matt Beck (8-0-24-3) and James Fowler (8-1-22-3), off of short runs, quickly went about bowling 20 overs in order to constitute a result. The wet surface however did not affect these two youngsters, hitting perfect line and length ball after ball, nor did stop Wrington's fielders producing one of their finest displays building up huge pressure as well as taking all their catches.

The rain got heavier around the 16th over, with the captains agreeing to halt things at the end of the over with the Cowboys all but beaten at around 40-6. The weather then steadied to a level similar to when Cowboys began their batting innings leaving the visitors keen to restart but some of the hosts not so.

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Cowboys soon re-took to the field in a massive sporting gesture as it was clear they would not gain any points from the move, which could potentially harm their promotion push, but recognised they were well beaten on the day. Captain Ormesher and Justin Avery (31) were particularly influential in producing a result on the day. Cowboys were eventually bowled out for 65 from 22 overs leaving the winning margin of 185 runs.

For the second week in succession it is a youngster with massive potential who is awarded the man of the match, with it this time going to Matt Beck for an outstanding all-round cricketing display.

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