21st Jul, 2019

Cookhill keep up pressure on leaders

Liam Moakes 20th Jun, 2019

COOKHILL overcame the disappointment of losing their eighth consecutive toss to defeat Hagley 3rds by 50 runs and cement second place in Worcestershire League Division Ten. Leaders Stone also beat the weather to secure victory.

A downpour just before the scheduled start reduced the match to 35 overs per side but when play did begin Cookhill skipper Kenny Hirst – once again opening after seeing his side inserted – made 35 in putting on 53 with Neil Shuttleworth before both fell to the unorthodox Harry Vickers.

Joe Arul bowled a superb delivery to remove Stuart Griffiths and the wheels then fell off somewhat, but Chris Pearsall (27no) battled hard against his attacking urges to see out the overs with Nathan Hill (9no) in an entertaining partnership worth an unbeaten 37.

Cookhill finished on 141-6 from their 35 overs, exactly the same as the previous week when also facing 35 overs.

Opener Dave Price was snaffled by Hirst off the bowling of Andrew Fennell as Hagley began their reply but that was the sole wicket in the first ten overs until the pack was shuffled and Shuttleworth bowled Henry Deacy.

Omair Ihstiaq produced a fine delivery to dismiss the bamboozled Gurpreet Nandra, leaving divisional leading run-scorer Ranvir Sandhu as the hosts’ main hope.

Wickets tumbled at the other end though and when Sandhu was dismissed for 20 – caught by Shuttleworth off the mystery spin of Brad Horsnall – the outcome was all but sealed.

Hagley were dismissed for 91 with ten balls remaining and Cookhill, who host Halesowen 4ths on Saturday, were able to celebrate a sixth win of the campaign.

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