STUDLEY sit sixth in the Warwickshire League Premier Division after a four-wicket victory over visitors Kings Heath on Saturday.
The Birmingham side won the toss and decided to bat but only Joshua Baker (53) provided serious resistance in a total of 144 all out as Andy Rhodes (3-34), Stuart Harris (3-33) and Greg Moore (3-28) all impressed.
However, Studley’s reply began poorly as four early wickets went down and a disappointing defeat looked a distinct possibility until Jack Williams (35) steadied the ship.
Simon Stamenkovic then produced an unbeaten match-winning knock of 66 as Studley reached 148-6 off 48 overs.
A trip to Coventry side Bablake Old Boys awaits Studley on Saturday.
STUDLEY 2nds remain top of Division Eight West despite only managing a losing draw at Olton & West Warwickshire.
The Washford Fields side are 14 points clear of second placed Castle Bromwich and 24 above third placed Hampton & Solihull ahead of Saturday’s home game against Willclare 1sts.
Olton were put into bat by Studley skipper Chris Moss and they began well until a great run out from Shane Ward got Studley up and running.
Wickets were hard to come by and it took another special piece of fielding by Nick Hobbis to break the third wicket partnership.
A few quick wickets from Moss (3-57) and tight bowling from Bash Bashir (2-33) saw Studley pull themselves back into the game on what looked a good wicket.
Tight bowling from youngster Owain Erskine (1-25) helped restrict the hosts to 215-9 when at one point they had looked odds-on to score 270-plus.
Studley got off to a rapid start thanks mainly to an explosive 31 from Bashir until he was bowled by a ball that kept low.
After this Moss (46) led the Studley reply to put them into a match-winning position and once he departed Ward (26) and Jordan Hobbis (20) shared a good partnership to leave the visitors favourites for victory.
However, Ward was spectacularly caught and Studley needed eight off the last over, but they fell five runs short and picked up 12 points for a losing draw as they closed on 211-7.
Moss said: “We were missing a few players on Saturday, so a win would have been huge.
“We played some good cricket but the draw feels like a loss due to the position we were in.
“The main thing is we are still top, still learning and still working hard. The lads were gutted we didn’t win and this will hopefully spur them on to get a result on Saturday.”