STUDLEY were unable to build on a promising start to their Warwickshire League Division Two encounter against Attock 2nds as they slipped to a 69-run defeat and dropped to second-bottom.
However, the Washford Fields side have every incentive heading into Saturday’s trip to fifth-placed Marston Green as the four sides immediately above them are all within four points.
Attock won the toss and chose to bat but found themselves in trouble at 55-4 and 106-6 despite 49 from Yasin Khan as Andy Rhodes’ 4-34 off 12 miserly overs put the hosts in healthy positions.
However, Qasim Tanvir’s unbeaten 30 helped the visitors to what proved to be a more than sufficient 194 all out despite the best efforts of Raheem Basharat (3-32).
Studley found themselves in trouble at 26-3 in reply after Imran Hamid’s (3-24) early burst but Daniel Taylor (39) and Brandon Miller (48) put on 70 for the fourth wicket to give the hosts hope.
Once Miller was the seventh wicket to fall with the score on 118 though, the game was rapidly slipping away from the home side who slid to 125 all out in the 49th over as Zahoor Azam took 5-19 off 10.5 overs.