Below par total on damp wicket

IT never looked like being a good day for Rastrick when they lost the toss and were put into bat on a damp wicket by Thongsbridge in a Cedar Court Conference game sponsored by Kath and John Lynch.

Wickets fell at regular intervals as the home side meandered to 77 all out.

Skipper Matthew Lambert with 16 and Muhammed Saddiq with 21 were the only players to reach double figures.

The wicket dried out and the Thongsbridge openers made easy work of Rastrick’s below par total.

Barry Ravenhill (37 not out) and Daniel Webster (33 not out) took their time over 20 overs to see their side win by 10 wickets.

It is the first game since joining Rastrick last month that Saddiq has remained wicketless and that also applies to fellow opening bowler Atteeq Rehman.

l RASTRICK Seconds travelled to Shelley with possibly their strongest side of the season and with high hopes of pulling off a win but skipper Daniel Thaxter lost the toss and Shelley chose to bat.

The home side piled on the runs with Jonathan Sykes carrying his bat for 118.

Things may have been different if the Round Hill men had taken the opportunities in the field that came their way.

Shelley ended on 262 for three in their 50 overs with Thaxter taking two for 64 in 10 overs.

That target never seemed a likely option after both openers fell cheaply but Nick Marsden on his return to the side battled well for 41.

Paul Shaw also dug in for 29 and James Anderson hit 31 not out to add some respectability to the total as they stumbled to 166 all out.

That first win of the season still alludes, Rastrick’s second string.