Siz­zling cen­tury for Ash the Bash

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - World of Sport - by ALAN SWANN

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)

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