Ryan Lockley hits century in Ludlow Cricket Club's 223-run win over Worfield in Shropshire County League Premier Division (From Ludlow Advertiser)
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Ryan Lockley hits century in Ludlow Cricket Club's 223-run win over Worfield in Shropshire County League Premier Division
1:00pm Friday 16th August 2013 in Sport
Ludlow 333-4 Worfield 110
CENTURION Ryan Lockley led Ludlow to their first league win since July 13 as part of a heavy hitting top-order performance that skipper Bryn Simmons believes is their best this season.
Lockley’s opening stand of 170 with 17- year-old Dylan Grinker (76) set the tone, before Jason Van Loggrenberg smashed 89 off 59 balls as Ludlow finished on 333-4.
Chasing an imposing total, Worfield’s batsmen went down swinging – and missing – with their top seven combining for just 19 before Joseph Arnold made 50.
The win puts to bed a frustrating run for Ludlow – third in the Shropshire Premier Division – following losses to relegation candidates Bomere Heath and Wroxeter and Uppington.
“I couldn’t ask for more,” said Simmons.
“That was the best batting performance of the year for us. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that those losses have come against teams at the bottom – it’s complacency.
That’s the thing with a young side – I’m the oldest at 28 – there’s a lot of lads who haven’t played a lot of cricket.”
Two of Ludlow’s young guns – Grinker and James Ger ritse – led the way on Saturday, Grinker notched his best score at Premier Division level before his fellow 17- year-old opened the bowling with careerbest figures of 3-19.
And while the youngsters are gaining experience, their team-mates are finding form as Ludlow look to finish strong and overcome second-placed St Georges.
Lockley’s 127 was his second century in as many weeks, while Van Loggrenberg, who also took 2-7, continues to dominate sides with both bat and ball, averaging 62 with the bat and having taken more than 50 league wickets in 2013.
“Dylan’s been fantastic for us all year and he’s one to watch,” said Simmons.
“Ryan’s in great form – he’s a proper opener – and Jason likes to hit the ball hard.
“If we get everyone back against (league leaders) Newport – we can happily beat them.”