CRICKET - Cochrane century helps Rugby to winning draw - The Rugby Observer

CRICKET - Cochrane century helps Rugby to winning draw

Rugby Editorial 5th Aug, 2022   0

HUGH Cochrane smashed a brilliant century but it was not enough to steer Rugby to victory in last weekend’s contest with Solihull Municipal.

Opener Cochrane hit 107 after Rugby opted to bat first, but visitors Solihull held on for a draw in the Warwickshire League Premier Division contest.

Rugby rattled up 258-4 in their 50 overs, led by Cochrane.

He shared an opening stand of 84 with Kyle Taylor (24) and then bettered that with a 85-run partnership for the second wicket with Jarvan Barhey (34).

Wes Landsdale continued the momentum with 48 not out, taking his summer run tally to 1,453 whilst Solihull’s Gurpal Dahele finished with 3-51.

Municipal also enjoyed an excellent start with openers Waleed Bajwa (63) and Giles Clements (31) putting on 93 before Daanyal Sadiq (2-18) made the breakthrough.

Wickets fell in a flurry to leave the visitors 134-6 but Rugby ran out of time to finish off the innings and had to settle for a winning draw.

Hasir Shah led the Rugby bowlers with 3-21 off 11 tidy overs.

Rugby, who sit sixth in the table, travel to second-placed Sutton Coldfield on Saturday (noon).

Elsewhere, Rugby 2nds also had to settle for a winning draw in their Division Five fixture at Nuneaton 2nds.

Charlie Robards top-scored with 108 to fire Rugby to 284-9 in 50 overs. Oscar Briggs (40) and Joe Bramley (39) made good contributions.

Nuneaton’s reply looked in trouble at 86-6 but an unbeaten 104 from Lyndon Topp steered them to 183-7 at close of innings.

Additionally, Rob Stipanovic hit 66 as Rugby 3rds lost by a single wicket to Dorridge 3rds in Division Eight South Central.

Lastly, Rugby 4ths pulled of a fantastic run chase to win by six wickets in a high-scoring encounter against Dorridge 4ths in Division Nine South Central.

Rugby chased down 299 as Ram Kumar Singh hit a magnificent 138 and Max Johnson finished on 86 not out.

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