CAPTAIN Steve Adshead scored a magnificent double hundred but his Astwood Bank side had to settle for a winning draw and 17 points from Saturday’s visit of Aston Manor.
The skipper took advantage of a flat track to make 200 off just 144 balls including 25 fours and seven sixes as Bank racked up 368-6 off their 55 overs.
Adshead was ably supported by fellow opener Ryan Blakemore who made 71 and in-form Tom Underhill who scored 46.
However, Aston Manor clung on to finish on 251-8 in reply as Kamran Zaman and Jason Furnell survived 40 balls between them after opener Byron Wyngard had made 116.
Fellow Birmingham League Division Three promotion hopefuls Fordhouses, Pershore and Streetly were all victorious but, with seven matches remaining, Adshead is content with what he is seeing from his third placed side, who trail second placed Pershore by 19 points.
“We couldn’t have done much more really,” said the former Worcestershire and Gloucestershire player.
“It was a very good batting wicket and obviously it was pleasing for me to get big runs. I found the gaps well and it was a quick outfield, but you’ve still got to take advantage of the conditions of course.
“Tom (Underhill) again played well and for Ryan (Blakemore), who is only 17, to make 71 at the top of the order is also very pleasing.
“The only thing we can look back on with regret is spilling a couple of chances to dismiss their top scorer early in his innings.
“Aside from that, we bowled and fielded brilliantly in conditions which never helped the bowlers so overall it was a good performance.
“I’ve said before there’s nothing we can do to effect Fordhouses’ position at the top now but we still have to play Pershore and Streetly, who both have to face Fordhouses too.
“Therefore, if we continue in the form we are showing against sides we have nothing to fear from, then we should be able to pick up the results we need to put pressure on other sides, knowing that points have to be dropped elsewhere.”
Bank, who have a fully fit squad to select from, have a tricky-looking fixture at fifth placed Handsworth on Saturday.