CRICKET: Collapse costs Rowant dear

CRICKET: Collapse costs Rowant dear

CRICKET: Collapse costs Rowant dear

First published in Sport

ASTON Rowant lost their final eight wickets for just 28 runs in a five-wicket defeat at Burnham in Division 1 of the Home Counties Premier League on Saturday.

The loss means Wes Morrick’s side are still looking for their first win of the season.

Things looked good for the visitors, who had been put into bat on an extremely damp surface.

Despite the awkward nature of the pitch, Rowant were handily placed at 94-2 in the 30th over, thanks mainly to some responsible play by Nick Ferraby (31).

At the fall of his wicket, Joshua Smith (43) continued to negotiate the damp conditions before the innings came to an abrupt end.

A succession of poor strokes saw Rowant collapse from 99-2 to 127 all out – a total at least 40 runs below par.

Despite having a low total to defend, conditions were still in the bowler’s favour.

Morrick took the early wicket of Rizwan Nadeem, caught by Cook, but Burnham never looked in danger after that.

Some lusty blows by the home skipper Harveer Gandham (68no) saw his side pass their target in the 31st over, despite a late wobble.

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