Rockware’s early season form halted by Bawtry

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Rockware’s promising early season form was abruptly ended at the seventh time of asking at the hands of visitors Bawtry.

The Rockware skipper Carl Lake was asked to bat first on what looked like at least a 200 wicket.

Stand-in opener Jake Stansbury reached 28 before being bowled by I.Bailey, but wickets fell regularly for the hosts.

Kev Sanders’ run of form continued until the veteran stroke player was caught by Langford off the bowling of Roberts for 27, leaving the Glass 70-5.

Next up was long time Rockware servant Ady Bateman, who strolled to the wicket with the sun on his back and produced a vintage display.

Bateman’s mix of power and precision saw him reach 53 off only 33 balls (10 fours, one six) before he was bowled by K. Abbas, leaving the visitors needing 135 for victory.

Bawtry openers N. Saynor and A. Abbas reached 42 before Saynor was well caught in the slips by Lake off the bowling of Brad Roe for 24.

This breakthrough proved the only success of the day with the home side producing an uncharcteristicly poor display with the ball.

Bawtry reached the required total in the 32nd over, with Abbas (72*) and Langford (31*).