Royston maintain fine start to season

ROYSTON CC skipper Paul Harris was an all round happy man after his side carried on their early season good form with a convincing win over Elmdon at the weekend.

A 61-run victory sees Royson now sixth in the Mr Cricket CCA Junior League 2 South table.

Harris said: “We batted well and posted what was probably a pretty decent total on a wicket which, this season, has developed somewhat of a reputation for deteriorating rapidly in the second innings.

“Paul Miller was in top form once again with the bat, but contributions from the likes of Rory Harper were invaluable.

“In the field it was a team effort and the wickets were shared around.

“It was also great to see another Royston youngster gain some experience at senior level, Connor Little, who I thought bowled excellently and with composure.”

The visitors to Royston won the toss and put the hosts in to bat, and it did not take long for openers Mick Miller and Harper to get going.

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Harper was in fine form, accelerating the scoring before his partner Mick Miller was caught behind to end an opening stand of 55.

Martin Leary joined Harper at the crease however the latter was soon dismissed, caught at point for 40.

Paul Miller met Leary in the middle and they kept the score ticking along. At the halfway stage Royston were 80-2.

After the drinks break, Leary (29) was eventually bowled by James Reeves, with the score at 120-3.

A couple of quick wickets followed, Bonham Harper and captain Harris coming and going.

Max Kindred joined Miller for the final few overs and good running saw Miller given the majority of the strike, which he duly took full advantage of sending the ball to all parts.

The innings culminated in a quick single by Kindred (10*) allowing Miller to face the final ball which he planted into the neighbouring field for six, as Royston ended on 181-5.

Miller finished 61 not out.

Elmdon’s response was sluggish, and runs seemed hard to come by as the wicket lost pace and the ball became softer.

Economic bowling from Philip Hall and Leary saw Elmdon initially restricted, however the dismissal of Turner after a catch by Kindred, saw the introduction of Reeves.

He upped the tempo and Elmdon looked as though they were up with the run chase at 54-1 from 15 overs.

Mediam pacer Jon Harper (10-2-34-2) did for Reeves just after drinks.

This was the turning point in the innings as the dismissal seemed to drain all momentum from the Elmdon chase. Spinner Matt Gillham (8-2-21-1) proved impossible to hit off the square and held down the other end as the innings petered out.

Fourteen-year-old Little was introduced into the attack and was rewarded with the wicket of Adams, stumped by Harper.

Elmdon ended on 120-7 meaning Royston won by 61 runs.

Royston travel to Helions Bumpstead on Saturday.