Cross forced to set­tle for draw in sear­ing heat

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El­liot Green As­ton Rowant Ger­rards Cross 249-8 172-6 GER­RARDS Cross were forced to set­tle for a draw against lowly As­ton Rowant on Satur­day, de­spite a sixwicket haul for for­mer Shrop­shire spin­ner El­liot Green and an un­beaten half­cen­tury from Sam West­away.

Rowant had the bet­ter of the morn­ing ses­sion as they reached 113-2 at lunch, but the Cross hit back af­ter the break as Rowant slipped to 169-7.

Richard Knud­sen bowled a marathon spell of 18 overs in the sear­ing heat, while Green took 6-82, but the Cross failed to cap­i­talise and Rowant were let off the hook, a tail-end stand tak­ing them to 249-8

The Cross then crashed to 43-4 in re­ply, be­fore West­away (51no) launched a sal­vage op­er­a­tion, ably as­sisted by Ben Lane (25), Sam Bracey (21) and Jamie Hod­dle (30no).

But with the run rate grad­u­ally in­creas­ing, their hopes of vic­tory slipped away and the match pe­tered out into a draw.

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