23rd Sep, 2018

Astwood Bank eye hat-trick in final game of season

ASTWOOD BANK will be aiming to finish a disappointing Birmingham League Division Two campaign on a high with a third successive victory when they host second-bottom Coventry & North Warwickshire on Saturday.

Bottom side Bank made it two wins in a row when they prevailed by six runs in a tight encounter at Pershore last weekend.

The visitors were put into bat and recovered from 97-6 to post 181 all out off 46 overs thanks to crucial middle order contributions from Connor Adams (49) and Tom Harris (33). Earlier, opener Rob West had made 30.

Chasing a revised 181 from 46 overs, Pershore made steady progress to 119-3 but, despite an unbeaten 66 from Alex Clasen, they could only muster 174-7.

Harris (2-24 off nine) and David Sewell (2-36 off nine) led the way, whilst Jake Price and Dan Taylor also bowled economically to do the job for Bank as two late run-outs put paid to Pershore’s hopes.

STUDLEY spurned the chance to end a frustrating Warwickshire League Division One season in winning fashion as they fell to a seven-run defeat at home to Highway Spartans, who finished runners-up.

Chasing 178, the hosts were 95-1 thanks to a second-wicket partnership of 76 between opener Chris Perrins (88) and Jack Williams (36).

However, no other batsman made double figures and the third highest scorer for Studley was the 25 extras as they were dismissed for 170 in the 44th over, with Matt McCarthy (3-13) and Rory Curran (3-42) doing the damage.

Studley’s batting effort was not dissimilar to the Coventry side who had earlier suffered a collapse from 102-2 to 177 all out in 38 overs.

Only opener Billy Dyal (45) made any impression with the bat for the visitors as Muhammad Safyan’s 6-18 off eight overs tore through their line-up.

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