BROMSGROVE Sporting got the better of their rugby counterparts in a T20 cricket match as the Rouslers claimed a five-wicket victory.
Held at Bromsgrove Cricket Club’s St Goldwald’s Park as an end of season curtain closer, the Boars were put into bat first and reached 121-9 in their regulation 20 overs.
Dan Protherough (26 no) top scored for the Boars with Devlin Jacob (24) also making a sizeable contribution to their tally.
Matt Edgar (19) and Gino Belmonte (13) opened the batting for the Boars and a made a solid start before Sam Wills trapped Edgar LBW.
Belmonte then lost his wicket when Matt Seeley ran him out with a spectacular throw from the mid-wicket boundary.
Protherough and Jacob steadied the ship for the Boars but Liam Spink proved the hero for Sporting after dismissing the Boars’ tail-enders with a run out and three wickets for 23 runs.
In response, the Rouslers went on to score 122-5 in 13 overs, giving them a five-wicket victory with Reece Hewitt (28 retired) and Craig Jones (26 retired) top scoring.
Sporting’s opening batsmen Spink (8) and Aaron Roberts (11) made a good start before being dismissed by Jack Pitt who took figures of 2-25 for the Boars.
Hewitt and Jones pushed the score along leaving their team-mates with several overs to overhaul the Boars’ total.
Sporting’s first team manager Paul Smith failed to add any runs after going for a golden duck before Sam Wills and Adam Williams finished the job with six overs to spare.
The Rouslers celebrated their win in front of a respectable crowd before being congratulated by their opponents.
Both teams thanked the cricket club and chairman Nick Husbands for the hospitality and further collaborations between the three clubs were talked about including boat races at the rugby club in pre-season.