Rovers cricket match is a massive hit

Rovers' Tommy Spurr smashes a six at the annual cricket match against Doncaster Town. Picture: Andrew Roe
Rovers' Tommy Spurr smashes a six at the annual cricket match against Doncaster Town. Picture: Andrew Roe

DONCASTER Rovers required some underarm tactics to tie last Sunday’s annual Twenty20 clash with Doncaster Town.

With Town requiring one run for victory from the final ball, man of the match Tommy Spurr sent down an underarm delivery which clean bowled bamboozled batsman Jonathan Redfern.

The comical finish was in-keeping with a game played in tremendous spirit and one that produced several humourous moments for a healthy Town Field crowd.

It was no laughing matter for the hosts, however, as Spurr set about despatching the Doncaster attack to all parts during the first innings.

Opening with chairman John Ryan, who departed cheaply, Spurr struck a cultured 88 before some late big-hitting from Chris Brown (42) helped Rovers post 171-7.

Town’s Gareth Cox made 61 and the hosts looked set for victory - but crafty Spurr had other ideas by bending the rules somewhat to leave the scores level.

Rovers impressed with their agility in the field and Gary Woods collected the champagne moment award for a smart boundary catch - even though his momentum carried him over the rope.

Goalkeeping coach and Rovers skipper for the day Lee Butler entertained the crowd with his cajoling from behind the stumps, but was left red faced when he dropped a skier, much to the amusement of the spectators.

The event raised over £1,500 for Doncaster Town’s junior section.