Look towards the east, west, north or south, you will find a Royal playing a game of cricket. Add to that, you face the extreme possibility of finding out that they perform well too. Some of our Royals have been cranking it up in various formats of the game, around the world in the last week or so. Jos Buttler: 70, 5th Ashes Test It is quite improbable that Jos Buttler goes through an entire series without a stand-out performance. In 4 Ashes Tests before the final one, Buttler could only manage a high score of 41. He managed to string some key partnerships in the context of some of these matches, but couldn’t go past 50. His time arrived In the fifth and final Test. After a good start to the innings, England slumped and slid into trouble. Buttler walked in to bat when Root fell for 57. He witnessed a few wickets fall at the other end and was left with the lower order batsmen. At 226/8, Buttler had to switch gears, and go into one-day mode. Realising that runs were the key for the team, he took some calculated risks and brought out the counterattack. Some of the Aussie bowlers were dispatched to the fence and beyond with disdain. Buttler smashed 7 fours and 3 sixes, as he guided England to a respectable total in their first innings. Krishnappa Gowtham: 4 wickets, India A vs South Africa A Gowtham’s rich vein of form has stayed intact irrespective of the format he was playing in. He blew West Indies A away with his bowling in the Caribbean, then had a lot of fun in the Karnataka Premier League, and finally earned his spot in the India A squad. South Africa A had some notable players in their line-up such as Aiden Markram, former Royal, Heinrich Klaasen and Lungi Ngidi. After the India A pacers put the Proteas on the back foot, early on Day 1, KG ensured that the lower middle order and the tail did not put up any kind of resistance. Gowtham claimed 3 wickets and helped his team bowl the Proteas out for just 164. Oshane Thomas: 3/26 Jamaica Tallawahs vs St. Lucia Zouks Oshane Thomas already has 7 wickets in 3 games in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL). He was the leading wicket-taker with a 4-fer in a high-scoring thriller against St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots. However, his performance against the Zouks was very economical and fetched him 3 wickets as well. Thomas didn’t have the best start to his spell, as he leaked 22 runs off his first two overs. The Zouks openers were on song and went after all the bowlers. Oshane returned with an impressive wicket-maiden in the 14th over. In his last over of the evening, Oshane picked up two more wickets which included that of skipper Darren Sammy. Liam Livingstone: 71, Lancashire vs Derbyshire Livingstone had a ball in the Vitality Blast and put in some consistent performances. He got his turn to shine in the County Championship this time around. Liam joined a well-set Josh Bohannon as they steered Lancashire to a dominating position. In what was a fluent knock, Liam collected 10 boundaries in his 71. Lancashire won the game, enabling them to qualify from Division 2 to Division 1 in the County Championship for next season. The Royals have made the most of the opportunities in front of them, whether they are in a dominating situation or with their backs against the wall. We hope this rich vein of Royal form continues over the next week and beyond.
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