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Tight win for St Mary Bourne
1:50pm Monday 12th August 2013 in Sport
Ropley II v St Mary Bourne.
In a tense game, Bourne battled to a worthy victory without performing at their best.
Skipper Martin Clay took to the field with his strongest team in weeks, duly won the toss and elected to bat. ‘Bourne made a decent start, helped by some indifferent bowling and had 36 off six before losing their first wicket. On a pitch offering assistance to tight lines and lengths, Ropley rang the changes and gained a level of control as the huge playing surface and slow outfield yielded only 86 runs off the next 25 overs. Tris Comber (50) completed his maiden league fifty and the in form Rob King (47) batted beautifully again. Seamer John Happel (5-20) extracted good movement as ‘Bourne struggled to post a competitive total but Clay (24no) gave the innings the momentum it needed going to the tea break as Bourne took 90 off the last 11 overs to close on 202-9.
Ropley’s response got underway nicely with an opening stand of 67. Chris Randall bowled a superb but ultimately luckless opening spell and Clay (1-22) also bowled a decent spell as Bourne strived to contain the run-rate. Ten dropped catches certainly didn’t help and the hosts were in the box seat at 148-2 with ten overs to go. Finally hitting on the right bowling combination for the death, Rob King (3-45) and Adam Parsonage (3-32) kept their nerve as the removal of the dangerous Toby Sampson (60) opened up the tail and Ropley fell 11 runs short on 191-9.