Robertsbridge I 214 Firle 156-3 (revised target 153 in 32 overs)
In perhaps the most important moment of the match skipper Ben Collins lost the toss and Robertsbridge were asked to bat - in a rain affected game the side batting second were always likely to benefit from a shortened chase. Robertsbridge were bolstered by the return of club captain David Neill, who settled back into the side at No.3 and composed the innings with a steady 19 after both openers fell quickly. Firle kept Robertsbridge in check by taking constant wickets, with Mark Berry (7-0-38-3) and Charlie Gorton (10-1-34-3) the pick of the bowlers. The middle order firepower of Collins (42), Cameron Christie (48) and Alex White (38) meant they reached 214 and claimed maximum batting points. However, the rain fell and the Firle target was reduced to 153 in 32 overs. Rob Goodsell (7-0-23-0) and Alex Collins (6.3-1-23-2) both bowled tight opening spells and meant that Robertsbridge managed to push the run rate required up. Firle opener Peter Warman (67) anchored the innings and was well supported by some muscular blows from Alex Yearsley (28). A tense finish always looked inevitable and it came down to Firle needing 14 off the last two overs. Charlie Gorton held his nerve to score 13 from just 4 balls to see his side over the line with 3 balls to spare.
Hadlow Down MC CC 158-6 Robertsbridge II 159-6
Robertsbridge won the toss and elected to field on a wet day in Hadlow Down. Hadlow Down struggled to score quickly early in their innings. The flamboyance of Joseph Pearson (23) and Ryan Clark (19*) helped get Hadlow Down to 158 in their 40 overs. Paul Nice (8-1-34-3) and Dave Monger (10-2-36-1) were were the pick of the Robertsbridge bowlers. In reply, Robertsbridge lost a couple of early wickets before Martin Simms(37) and Kevin Burgess(29) steadied the innings with a stand of 52. The introduction of Karim Iqbal (5-0-24-3) prompted a minor middle order collapse but the big hitting of Lee Mardell(33) saw Robertsbridge across the line with 11 overs to spare, securing 30 important points. A hard fought game of cricket, played with a great attitude by all despite the less than ideal conditions.
Hellingly IV 193 Robertsbridge III 198-7
A magnificent opening stand of 153 between Dean Chapman(58) and Peter Goodsell(74) paved the way for this close win at a damp Ninfield on Saturday. Asked to bat the openers concentrated well through the rain breaks and the damp conditions and only when they were both out did the innings falter as Kalyan Oruganti(7-0-16-3) and Aiden Miller(9-0-45-3) hit back for the home team. With the game reduced to 38 overs a side the Hellingly reply was faltering at 32-4 as Barney Heasman(8-0-46-3) took early wickets assisted by some good catches. However John Ottley(77) and Jon Rose(37) provided a 132 run counter attack that threatened to take their team to victory. Both were bowled by Ed Flint(6-0-36-3) and when Peter Goodsell(4.4-0-15-2) trapped Callum Lainchbury(12) leg before wicket a great day for him was capped off with a victory.
Cooper Cup 2017
This year's Cooper Cup kicks off on Monday 31st July.
Finals Day will be on Sunday 27th August. Fixtures and further information can be found below.
Download our 2017 Fixture Card
Our 2017 Fixture Card for mobile is now available to download (4.2MB) - complete with links stats, live league tables and even our RCC kit shop.
Robertsbridge Fantasy League
This season we are doing a fantasy league. It is FREE to play, prizes are currently TBC. Click here to find out how your team is getting on; make your weekly transfers and find out who's going strong in the league tables.
Junior training will restart after the Autumn half term at Robertsbridge Community College.
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