A SETBACK in the form of a losing draw against Streetly prevented Rugby from closing the gap to the top five in the Warwickshire League Premier Division last weekend.
Having decided to field first in the Webb Ellis Road clash, the visitors batted a 269-5 score – much in part to Imran Qadir’s (130) ton and a Craig Moore (62) half-century – leaving Rugby with a tough ask in their reply.
While early struggles were overcome to produce a 73-run partnership between middle-order duo Wes Landsdale (79, lbw) and Henry Parker (38), the lack of a follow up from the batsmen that followed meant that the hosts were forced to settle for a paltry share of the spoils.
Rugby will look back on their fantastic start during Streetly’s innings with discomfort, having taken two early wickets at 7-2 to provoke thoughts of a low-scoring effort from the away side.
But with Moore and Qadir having other ideas with their 180-run partnership for the third wicket, Matthew Ewer’s men had to go back to the drawing board.
Neal McGrath (4-66) did star throughout with a productive 12 overs, but lacked the support necessary for Rugby to truly threaten Streetly’s run chase.
Sixth-placed Rugby go to Sollihull Municipal, who are one place behind, on Saturday.
CENTURIES from Daniel McManus and Dale Coles, who both retired on 100 runs apiece, helped Bourton & Frankton’s Sunday XI run riot in a friendly at Northamptonshire outfit Crick Lions.
Losing just three wickets and smashing 275 runs in all, B&F then looked equally impressive when turning their attentions to bowling, with Richard Parsons (4-18) and Mark Whitehead (4-25) showing their class to help dismiss the Yelvertoft Road hosts for just 86 runs.
A trip to Willoughby’s second Sunday team is now on the cards for Mick Waller’s side.