County League Play Offs 25th September

Written by: Nick Archer
Date: 25/09/2021

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A dramatic afternoon at Lichfield saw the home side defeat Stourbridge by 51 runs to clinch promotion into BDPCL for the 2022 season where they will be joined by Worfield who defeated Stratford by eight wickets at Swan’s Nest Lane.   

The drama at Lichfield was not confined to the pitch and the game did not recommence immediately after the interval between innings due to the presence of an air ambulance which attended the scene after a hockey player on the adjacent pitches was taken seriously ill. Following a delay of 27 minutes, Stourbridge set out in pursuit of Lichfield’s total of 138 from 50 overs. This represented a major recovery after they had slumped to 46 for seven against an accurate Stourbridge bowling attack spearheaded by Dan Such (4 for 23). The first signs of recovery came from Tom Stone (17) and the rebuilding was continued by skipper Callum Heanan (27). However, it was a last wicket stand of 46 between Joe Seager (38) and James Wilkinson (9 not out) that saw the home side though to their final total. The Stourbridge fielding became ragged as they became frustrated at their inability to finish Lichfield off and opening bowler Dan Wale suffered a serious hand injury which would affect his batting later in the game. Dominic O’Reilly took 2 for 43 and Jitesh Jivan-Patel took 2 for 38 for Stourbridge but Seager and Wilkinson’s partnership shifted the momentum of the game. When play resumed after the enforced delay, Stourbridge slipped to 36 for five before a sixth wicket stand of 42 between Josh Banks (32) and Seth Rogerson (16) gave them renewed hope. Although Banks stood firm, until he was last man out, Stourbridge lost five wickets for 11 runs as Lichfield celebrated their success. Brinder Phagura (4 for 28) and Riley Ward (3 for 13) were the pick of the home side’s bowling attack with great support from Stone (2 for 13).   

Worfield, who led the table at the start of the day, after two winning draws in their first two games went one better at Stratford where they beat the home side by eight wickets. Matthew Rees (4 for 38), Ryan Quiney (3 for 31) and Will Weir (2 for 14) were dominant with the ball for Worfield as the Shropshire outfit skittled Stratford for 117 in 49.1 overs. Nick Pepper top scored with 30 with Josh Colwell (20) and Gareth Langman (17) the only other batters to reach double figures. Half-centuries from Ben Hudson (54) and Basit Zaman (51 not out) saw Worfield make light work of their target as they raced to victory and promotion into Premier Division Two of BDPCL for the 2022 season.