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23rd May, 2022

CRICKET - Rugby maintain winning start with win against Aston Manor

RUGBY CC maintained their winning start to the season with an eight-wicket victory against Aston Manor in the Warwickshire Cricket League Premier Division.

Rugby won the toss and elected to field at Webb Ellis Road before bowling their opponents out for 196 and reached the required total in 43.1 overs for the loss of just two wickets.

The result means Rugby sit joint-top of the WCL Premier Division table and are one of just two clubs with a perfect record after two matches.

And Rugby’s bowlers set the tone by restricting Aston Manor to 53-5 as Lee Golding (4-46), Neal McGrath (3-23) and Seth Westley (3-35) bowled their opponents out with five balls left of the innings.

Despite losing opener Alex Watson for one run, Michael Hughes’s 67 not out and a captain’s knock of 71 from Wes Landsdale eased Rugby to victory with Jeevan Barhey scoring 44.

Elsewhere, Rugby’s 2nd XI beat Thimblemill’s 1st XI by five wickets to secure back-to-back victories in Division Five.

James Nuttall ripped through Thimblemill’s top order taking five wickets to reduce the visitors to 30-6  before they were eventually all out for 125.

And despite losing two early wickets, Nuttall’s 51 alongside opener Charlie Robards’ 29 and Jonathan Sage’s 23 not out sealed the points in 24 overs.

Lastly, Rugby’s 3rd XI played a friendly against North Kilworth and won a low-scoring encounter by 42 runs.

Only Keiran Vaghela (26) and Chris Evans (12) reached double figures on a challenging wicket as Rugby were bowled out for 113.

However, this total proved more than enough as the Leicestershire side also struggled to build any meaningful partnerships and collapsed to 71 all out.

Rubans Sugartharubans (4-27) was the chief wicket taker, whilst Jag Barhey, Vaghela and Advay Pophali all took two wickets apiece.

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