Sizzling century for Ash the Bash
ASHLEY Rodgers cracked a 38-ball century for Castor at Whittlesey on Sunday.
There were just 17 overs left of Castor’s innings in the Rutland Division Four clash when Ash the Bash walked to the crease. Seven sixes and 11 fours later he was celebrating his second speedy century of his career - a couple of seasons ago he cracked a 40-ball ton against Bretton.
The world record for the fastest century in international cricket is the 37 balls used by current Pakistani captain Shahid ‘Boom Boom’ Afridi in a one-day win over Sri Lanka. Sir Viv Richards hold the Test match record for a 56-ball ton against England.
Rodgers’ efforts didn’t lead to a victory though as rain washed his match out with Whittlesey on 66-3 in reply to Castor’s 282-3. Openers Luke Broekman (67) and Kieran Rodgers (58), Ashley’s little brother, had also started Castor’s innings with a bang.
Heavy rain on Sunday meant not a single Rutland League match was completed. Others to see fine individual efforts come to nothing included Bretton’s in-form all-rounder Andy Bennett who made 81 out of 235-9 at Oundle seconds in Division Three and big Dave Stratton who was unbeaten on 57 as Yaxley closed in on victory at Nassington in Division Two.
Orton Park were also unfortunate in Division Three as they dismissed Loddington for just 123, but were denied the opportunity to reply. John Clifton claimed 5-29 for Orton.
Oundle celebrated three North- 37 balls Shahid Afridi (Pakistan v Sri Lanka) 38 balls Ashley Rodgers (Castor v Whittlesey) 40 balls Ashley Rodgers (Castor v Bretton) 44 balls Mark Boucher (South Africa v Zimbabwe) 48 balls Brian Lara (West Indies v Bangladesh) 48 balls Sanith Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka v Pakistan) 56 balls Viv Richards (West Indies v England) 57 balls Adam Gilchrist (Australia v England) ants League wins on Saturday. Martin Van Der Merwe (66) and Richard Cunningham (6-50) were the stars of the first team’s 65 run win at Loddington which kept them clear at the top of Division Two.
The second team delivered an excellent all-round effort to see of Yelvertoft by 164 runs in Division Eight, while a couple of exceptional individual performances saw Oundle thirds to a handsome 141 run win over West Haddon seconds in Division 13.
Bradley Bergh smacked 132 of Oundle’s 289-6 before evergreen seamer Dave Ryan (7-55) helped skittle Haddon for 148.
It wasn’t such a great day for Peterborough Town seconds who lost for the first time in Division Three. The club had commitment issues and fielded for much of the time with 10 men as they slipped to an 85-run reverse at Towcestrians.
Newborough bounced back to form in Hunts Division One thanks mainly to a brilliant 98 not out from Gareth Clingo against Sawtry.
Newborough’s 234-6 proved 27 too many for Sawtry despite 74 from Ian Bonsall and 59 from Rob Nelson. New dad Ross Harris and Jason Newman took three wickets apiece for the winners.
AK 11 moved smoothly to the top of Division Two following a 59 run win over Ufford Park. Tanveer Hussain
ASHLEY RODGERS (59 & 4-37) was again in outstanding form.
In Division Three Peterborough Town thirds came agonisingly close to securing their first win of the season in a city derby with Hampton.
Skipper and opening batsman Brian Howard reached 100 off the final ball of the Town innings as they posted an impressive 234-3. Teenager Josh Green chipped in with 55.
But Hampton smeaked home by one wicket with three balls remaining. John Dee top scored with 60.
Spalding won their local derby against Moulton Harrox in South Lincs Division One by two wickets, but Tim Norris of Long Sutton was unlucky to finish on the losing side at Boston seconds after making 94.
In Division Two Dave Robinson was a clear man-of-the-match as Cavaliers won by four wickets at Boston thirds. Robinson returned figures of 3-47 and then creamed an unbeaten century as the city side successfully chased down the home side’s 207-8.
Veteran opener Mick East (49no) batted throughout Spalding second team’s 122 during a defeat by Billingborough seconds, while Chris Bore (96 & 3-20) enjoyed himself as Stamford beat Skegness seconds by 57 runs in a high-scoring clash.
Clive Simmons (102no) was another centurian as Stamford seconds powered to a 104-run win over Long Sutton seconds in Division Three.
NEWBOROUGH: Pictured before their win over Sawtry are from the left, back, John Harris, Dennis Compton, Andy Walker, Ashley Fisher, Andy Fitzgibbon, Stewart McCracken, Ross Harris, front, Kieran Jones, Jason Newman, Gaz Clingo, Andrew Rowland, Nick Lawton. (METP-05-06-10GM035)