19th Dec, 2018

Bank secure a valuable draw

Liam Moakes 28th Jun, 2018

ASTWOOD Bank survived a tumble of late wickets to salvage a losing draw against high-flying Pershore in their battle to escape the bottom two in Birmingham League Division Two.

Set a target of 248 at Sambourne Lane, Bank had recovered from 61-4 with a 101-run fifth-wicket stand led by a cracking 81 from 63 balls by Tom Underhill and Pete Alexander (27).

However, their departures prompted a collapse to 183-9.

The last pair of David Sewell and Dan Brookes, however, managed to see out the final overs to 184-9 to take eight points, with Pershore earning 17.

Taylor Pugh, returning from injury, was the pick of the bowlers with 3-38 off 17 overs, with two wickets apiece for Charlie Cross (2-15), Darren Critcher (2-36) and Stephen Miles (2-37).

Earlier, fifth-placed Pershore, having won the toss and elected to bat, had progressed to 247-9 off their 55 overs, led by Chris Miles.

He scored 78 off 126 deliveries, including 12 fours and one six, and there were further contributions from skipper Chris Ridings who hit 40 off 44 deliveries, Andrew Hill (37 off 32) and opener Liam Ridings (33 off 45).

Jake Price took 4-60 and Dan Taylor 3-50 for Astwood Bank.

Bank remain second from bottom in the table – 19 points behind Wombourne – as they prepare to head to Coventry & North Warwickshire on Saturday.

Connor Adams smacked an unbeaten 81 to help Astwood Bank 2nds earn victory in the Second XI First Division contest at Pershore.

Pershore had reached 231-7 after their 50 overs, with Arshad Mahmood top-scoring with 92 including 14 fours and one six.

Lee Wilks (41) also impressed. George Haslam (3-59) was the pick of the bowlers.

However, Bank eased to their target with five wickets and four overs in hand, led by Adams and 61 from Chris Perkins.

Bank 2nds are at home to Coventry & NW on Saturday.

Jess Humby was the star as Astwood Bank 3rds defeated West Malvern by 94 runs in their Worcestershire League Division Four contest.

Bank were dismissed for 193, Isa Zarro top-scoring with 40, before Humby took 5-16 in her nine overs to help skittle the visitors for 99.

Bank, who lie third in the table, six points behind Romsley & Hunnington, visit Stourbridge 3rds on Saturday.

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