September 27th, 2016

Studley climb to the top of the pile

Updated: 9:30 am, Sep 15, 2015

STUDLEY moved to the top of Warwickshire League Division One thanks to a winning draw at home to Coventry outfit Highway on Saturday.

The Washford Fields side now sit nine points clear of second placed Knowle Village after the previous leaders were beaten by one wicket by visitors Coleshill.

A fascinating finish to the season is now in prospect as just 15 points separate the top four with four matches remaining. On Saturday there is a crucial game between the top two as Studley host Knowle Village and on Monday Studley visit Southam.

It was a tense game between Studley and Highway, who are now fourth, on Saturday as the hosts reached their winning draw target in a rain-affected match.

The visitors won the toss and chose to bat and Ari Doak-Smith was the pick of their batsmen as he made 54 before being dismissed by Greg Moore.

The pick of the Studley bowlers was Andy Rhodes who claimed 4-56 off his 12 overs, whilst Brandon Miller took 2-45 as Highway made 233-8 off their 50 overs.

In reply wicketkeeper Chris Perrins was in fine form as he made 62 opening the batting and solid contributions throughout the batting order, chiefly from Stuart Harris (31), guided Studley to 203-6 off 43 overs to earn 17 vital points.

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