Spurr’s ckeeky underarm bowl earns Rovers a tie

Doncaster cricket James Coppinger
Doncaster cricket James Coppinger

IT might not have been the sort of delivery normally seen at Town Fields, but the umpire turned a blind eye to the under-arm bowl by Doncaster Rovers star Tommy Spurr which tied the club’s annual Twenty-20 game against Doncaster Town.

With the young Town team needing just one run off the last ball, Spurr ran in as though to bowl a normal delivery only to switch to an under-arm at the last second and bowled Jonathan Redfearn.

Doncaster cricket John  Ryan

Doncaster cricket John Ryan

Rovers openers chairman John Ryan and Spurr gave them a solid start.

Ryan, who injured his groin early on, showed nice touches when making three singles before being bowled in the fourth over with the score on 20-0.

Spurr joined forces with James Coppinger in a hard-hitting 50-run second-wicket stand.

The partnership was broken when Coppinger was out for 20. Spurr continued with his onslaught despite losing James Husband after he had cracked two good fours.

Chris Brown joined Spurr and they put Rovers into a strong position before Spurr was bowled having made an impressive 84 including four sixes and eight fours.

With both Jordan Ball and Gary Woods, bowled first ball, making way it was left to Brown, who hit six boundaries in his 42 to keep the runs flowing as Rovers closed on 172.

With several players and manager Dean Saunders unable to play and Ryan unable to field, Rovers’ captain Lee Butler drafted in a couple of Town youngsters and Jon ‘The Beast’ Parkin

The striker, who played for the club on loan last season, opened the bowling with Coppinger but Town stood at 30-0 after four overs.

Gareth Cox brought the 50 up with a four from a straight drive off Brown’s bowling.

Spurr and Jonathan Maxted bowled well, and captain Lee Butler was impressive behind the stumps, but Town looked favourites at 166-4 going into last over.