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Rugby players fail to match prowess at cricket crease

Ealing Trailfinders rugby players were unable to match their heroics of 2015 when they took on the Ealing Trailfinders Cricket Club in the now annual T20 match at Vallis Way last Thursday.

The match completed a fun day for the players, who were able to take a short breather from their pre-season preparations. Earlier in the day they welcomed 360 Fit Food to the club for a healthy eating and nutrition workshop. 

Unfortunately the Ealing Trailfinders rugby players couldn’t cook up anything as tasty on the cricket pitch as they did on the barbeques earlier in the day. 

The Cricket Club maintained their grip on the cross-club bragging rights by beating the Chris Kinloch-led XI by 116 runs and while they may need to put some time in in the nets, the talk among the rugby players is of denying the Cricket Club a hattrick of wins come summer 2016. 

“The result wasn’t as close as we would have liked, but overall it was another fun event, ” Kinloch said. “It was a good way to build team spirit further ahead of next season and introduce the new players to the supporters who came down to cheer us on. 

“Some of the boys showed some good touches with the bat and ball out there, but we’ve now played the Cricket Club twice at their own chosen sport, so it might be time they came over and tried a bit of rugby with us.”

The Cricket Club opened the batting and showed that they were in no mood to relax from their Middlesex League duties by running up an impressive 173 for four. 

Tom Bliss and Phil Chesters opened the batting, but Chesters wasn’t as impressive with the bat as he has been on the wing and fell for four. 

Bliss also missed out on double figures by going for eight, though Alex Penny and Sam Rodman held their own by adding 19 for the third wicket. Penny in particular showed some deft touches with his left-handed batting and was the only rugby player to reach double figures, with 10.

Arthur Ellis added another seven, but Kinloch fell for two. Joe Munro and Tristan Roberts tried to make the tail wag with another eight apiece, but Tom Wheatcroft could only add one more, while Adam Preocanin and Chris York fell for ducks.