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Staplefield cricket team 8-28 bowling performance
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Staplefield cricket team 8-28 bowling performance

Staplefield cricket team lost by 57 runs to Crawley Down on 30th August 1959, but it was a Staplefield player who received most of the plaudits.
Crawley Down was set to make a very high score, but the skipper of Staplefield, Roger Ray, put himself on to bowl his slow left arm spinners. The slow flight of the ball foxed most of the opposing batsmen and he took the last 8 wickets for 28 runs in 8.3 overs. The newspaper report gave the score at 100 for 4 when he came on to bowl, but it must have been about 85 for 2 in reality.
The ball with a plaque was presented to the bowler and it stands on the mantelpiece in my office to this day.
The Large Version shows a newspaper cutting reporting on a match when Staplefield beat Nomads II with Roger Ray using his left arm spinners to good effect, and Sam Farmer and Ian Robertson scoring many of the required runs.
Click on Open Document to view two pages of the score book featuring the Crawley Down match, followed by a newspaper report. The latter also mentions Staplefield players, Tony Hemsley, Albert Frackleton, Les Pateman, and John Robins.

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