Fleming ton helps Roffey knock off testing total for last 16 place

JPCT 310514 S14230237x Cricket -  Roffey v Three Bridges. Roffey batting, Josh Fleming. Bowler, Tim Moses -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-140306-092232001
JPCT 310514 S14230237x Cricket - Roffey v Three Bridges. Roffey batting, Josh Fleming. Bowler, Tim Moses -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-140306-092232001

Roffey skipper Josh Fleming led by example, hitting a century as his side chased down a lofty 239 to advance into the last 16 of the ECB National Club Championship on Sunday.

They won the area final of the knock out competition with a comfortable eight-wicket home victory over Guildford and will now take on Havant, at home, in a repeat of last year’s area final on July 12.

Fleming said: “We made the last 16 last season so would be great to go a few better.

“The limited overs format suits us and it’s a competition we like to do well in.

“Being in the last 16 teams in the country is great for the club and hopefully we can progress further.”

At the halfway stage, it looked a tough ask for Roffey, as they put their visitors in and they amassed 239-8 in their 45 overs.

A Mike Norris run-out and Leigh Harrison (2-47) wicket had Guildford at31-2, before a 151 third-wicket stand between Jack Cunningham (95) and Ben Walker (67).

Oliver Rivers’ only wicket of the day dismissed Cunningham, while Daniel Smith also claimed the scalp of the latter.

Alex Collins (2-34) grabbed a couple of late wickets.

Fleming led from the front in Roffey’s reply. The skipper’s unbeaten 100 saw him hit 12 fours and one six.

He batted all the way through the innings, which included an opening stand of 88 with Theodore Rivers (41).

Fleming and Norris (69) put on 122 for the second wicket, before an unbeaten 18 from Rohit Jagota helped them home with 240-2 with 15 deliveries to spare.

Fleming said: “It was very pleasing to bounce back after the disappointment of Saturday and we were determined to do so.

“Guildford batted well and made it tough for us in the field. At half-time I thought 240 was about par but knew we would have to play well to chase it down.”

“It was nice to get a score myself and Mike and Theo both played good innings which allowed us to chase it comfortably in the end.”

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