Rams eager for finals action

Andrew Groves caught up with the in-form Rams batsman Tom Stray......

On-song Ringwood is looking to tie up a finals spot sooner rather than later according to red hot batsman Tom Stray.

He cracked a superb 162 not out against Camberwell Magpies on Saturday as his side took control of the two-dayer at Russell Lucas Oval.

Stray and Ian Holland (102) put on a club record 226 for the Rams beating the previous stand between Matthew King and Sean Flynn in 2007-08.

It was Stray’s top score in Premier cricket and comes just at the right time with the business end of the season approaching.

“We didn’t know it was a record at the time, then there was this strange clap from the pavilion when we brought up the 220 partnership,” he said.stray_drives_r5

“It was good to get some runs, I’ve not been getting that many over the last few weeks. We definitely back ourselves to finish the job now, especially with Michael Topp firing and Ian Holland being a top bowler.

“Simon Hill is probably the key batter for them. He’s a big wicket, he’s the captain too so it will send out a message if we get him early.”

Stray tasted success with the Rams when they collected back to back flags in 2007-08 and 2008-09.

He also had a brief spell in Adelaide with Woodville Cricket Club.

Coached by former West Indian legend, Carl Hooper, they won their flag last season.

“It was unreal,” he said about Ringwood’s Premier success.

“It was definitely something we enjoyed to go back to back, that was something special. We’d love to win another one.

“We’ve got a good enough side to do it. Hopefully we can win on Saturday and then we’ll finish in the top four and secure home finals.

“It was a great move for me to go to Adelaide. I really enjoyed my time there, I learned a lot from Hoops, and it was a great club to play for."

If he continues to make huge three figure scores like Saturday, Stray is sure to attract the attention of the Victoria selectors.

“I’d absolutely love to get back in there,” he continued.topp_bowling_r5

“I’ve still got ambitions to play for Victoria in the future, that’s something I want.”

It’s been another big week for Ringwood as a club.

All eyes have been on the Toyota Futures League game between Victoria and New South Wales in Sydney, with Ian Holland playing.

Bowling first, Holland carried on his good form over the weekend with 2-36 off six overs as the home side were all out for 293.

Victoria replied with 236. Tom Donnell (55), Ryan Carters (44), Matty Chasemore (39) and Holland (29) in the runs.

Resuming at 2/4 this morning, NSW slumped to 5/45 before recovering to 6/167 approaching tea.






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