Derby win for Rockware over Aston Hall in thrilling finish

Aston Hall took on Rockware at the Rockware Cricket ground, Worksop.'Rockware were Batting,  Aston Hall Bowling & Fielding' Brad Roe batting for Rockware
Aston Hall took on Rockware at the Rockware Cricket ground, Worksop.'Rockware were Batting, Aston Hall Bowling & Fielding' Brad Roe batting for Rockware
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It was third versus fourth on Saturday in Bassetlaw Division Six as Rockware and near neighbours Aston Hall went in search of a win to boost their promotion hopes.

Rockware batted first and were in trouble early on, but eventually came out on top in a thrilling finish.

Initially, Glass wickets fell at regular intervals to leave the hosts 43-4.

Andy Bell steadied the ship and it was again left to Kev Sanders to breathe life into the Rockware innings.

Bell misjudged a hook shot and was caught off the bowling of T. Graves for 29, which brought captain Carl Lake to the crease.

A captain’s innings from Lake saw him and Sanders bring some respectability to the total.

Lake was well caught on the boundary for 47 and was soon followed by Sanders (42).

Despite a late flurry from Brad Roe (15) the Glass were all out in the 37th over for 167, a disappointing total on another cracking Sandy Lane wicket.

Rockware made early inroads into the visitors top order.

Nicklin was caught and bowled by Greg Atherton for one and shortly after a cruel in-swinging yorker from Atherton saw Simmonite given out LBW without troubling the scorers.

Aston were further in the mire when opener Josh Weaver was well caught behind by Jake Stansbury off Atherton for seven.

Further success followed when all-rounder Andy Bell bagged a brace to leave the hosts firmly in control.

Any hopes of an early finish were soon forgotten as the Aston lower order began an heroic fight back.

Cooper (20) and Graves (23) started the ball rolling and some big hitting from Josh Freer saw Aston needing only 30 to win with three wickets remaining.

Some inspired captaincy from Lake bought Bell back into the attack and with his first ball had Freer (41) caught by the reliable Ady Bateman.

It was Lake himself up next to claim the ninth wicket, when he had Glaves caught by Atherton for three.

The scene was set, Aston needed only 16 to win with one wicket remaining.

Young pace bowler Roe steamed in with maximum effort and a mistimed hook saw the ball loop over square-leg, where a superb catch from Rich Eccles, a veteran of these tense situations, saw the visitors finish just 12 runs short of the required total.

Rockware recorded a much needed 20 points, Aston taking six in a keenly contested and entertaining game.