Graham Williamson Trophy Review 25th July

Written by: Nick Archer
Date: 25/07/2020

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After two games, Bridgnorth are the only side in Group 1 with a perfect record after they cantered to a five wicket victory against Oswestry, who elected to bat first after winning the toss. The Oswestry innings began well enough with an opening partnership of 61 between Warrick Fynn (66) and Josh Darley (11) but the introduction of Sam Whitney into the Bridgnorth attack created havoc. He dismissed Fynn at 122 for five and went on to finish with 5 for 10 from eight overs as Oswestry collapsed to 137 all out in 37.3 overs. In reply, Simon Gregory (41) steered Bridgnorth to a comfortable win after James Kinder (36) and Ian Gregory (23) had opened with a partnership of 27. Wolverhampton came away from Wem with a four wicket win which would have been a lot more comfortable without a last wicket partnership of 61 for Wem between Danny Cohen (44 not out) and James Astley (24) which lifted the score from 123 for nine to 184 all out in 39 overs. Wem had lost early wickets as they slipped to 18 for three but 38 from Chris Peel Jnr. and 30 from Martyn Davies saw them make a partial recovery before Cohen and Astley completed the job! Kieron Patel (5 for 30) took five of the first six wickets to fall for Wolverhampton who reached their target with eight balls to spare. Rahul Kaushal with 56 from 91 balls anchored the innings and was well supported by Charlie Home with 40. Tom Astley finished with 3 for 32 for Wem, the only side in the group without a win. The clash between Shifnal and Shrewsbury was affected by rain and called off with the home side on 133 for two from 24.2 overs in response to a Shrewsbury total of 222 all out in 38.2 overs. At that stage, the DLS par score was 107, so Shifnal were declared the winners by 26 runs. The highlight of the Shrewsbury innings was 85 from opening batsman George Hargrave who added 87 for the third wicket with Rob Foster (37). Xavier Clarke took 4 for 49 for Shifnal and he was, also, influential with the bat, contributing 47 to a second wicket partnership of 92 with Steven Leach (59 not out). 

Pelsall, who came mighty close to victory against West Bromwich Dartmouth, last week, earned their first win of the season in Group 2, defeating another Sandwell based side, Smethwick, by three wickets at Broomfield. It was a former Smethwick player who led the way, as Scotland ODI player Navi Poonia returned to familiar territory with a brilliant 110 from 96 balls, including eleven fours and three sixes. His innings helped Pelsall reach their target of 203 for the loss of seven wickets with one ball to spare after Smethwick had scored 202 for six from 40 overs. Hamza Ahmed was unbeaten on 92 at the close and Omar Masood hit 36 at the top of the Smethwick innings. Ryan Brown was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 34 for Pelsall. West Bromwich Dartmouth eased to their second win of the season with a four wicket success against Harborne, who were boosted by an excellent century from Tom Payne. The all-rounder stroked 119 from 122 balls and he was joined in a partnership of 153 for the third wicket by Jasper Davidson (52) after Harborne had lost their first two wickets for four runs. Ismail Mohammed (91) and Omar Ali (40) put together an opening partnership of 63 for Dartmouth and by the time Mohammed was dismissed at 224, the home side were in full control! The other side in this group with a 100% record after two matches is Walsall who crushed Himley by 146 runs at Gorway. Walsall’s impressive total of 254 for six from 40 overs was built around a fine innings of 73 from Billy Cox and brisk contributions from Bruce Thomason (55) and newcomer Rafay Ahmed (47). Matt Jeavons took 3 for 46 for Himley, who soon fell behind the required run rate as they lost early wickets. At 57 for seven, they were in deep trouble and their eventual total of 108 all out in 31.4 overs was due to late resistance from Ben Robinson (19 not out) and James Lunn (19). Cox took 3 for 11 for Walsall and was well supported by Jordan Bulpitt with 2 for 11. 

Two of the games in Group 3 were decided by DLS and a third was abandoned before the first innings of the match had been completed, as heavy rain affected the South Birmingham and Warwickshire areas. The mouth-watering clash between two of the League’s “Big Guns” Knowle & Dorridge and Berkswell went the way of the visitors after the home side’s innings was curtailed on 99 for two from 30 overs. Hamza Shaikh (47 not out) fought hard for 100 balls for K & D but once DLS came into play, setting Berkswell a revised target of 106 from 22 overs, only one outcome looked likely. An undefeated 52 from 56 balls from Ateeq Javid set up a nine wicket win for Berkswell, aided by an unbeaten 30 from Chris Whittock who joined Javid in an unbroken stand of 64 for the second wicket to ease their side to victory with eight balls remaining. The rain arrived slightly later up the road at Moseley, after Dorridge had closed on 176 for six from 40 overs at Scorer’s. A fourth wicket partnership of 85 between Suffolk’s Ben Shepperson (71) and Herefordshire’s David Ball (42) took Dorridge from 13 for three to 98 for four as Brinder Phagura took 3 for 29 for the home side. After a lengthy delay, Moseley faced a revised target of 137 from 25 overs and they crossed the line with two balls and four wickets in hand after Andy Umeed top scored with 31. However, it required an unbroken seventh wicket stand of 26 between Kishen Patel (14 from 7 balls) and Ali Awan (8 from 11 balls) to clinch the win. The match between Leamington Spa and Kenilworth Wardens was abandoned with the visitors well set on 215 for seven from 36 overs. Harry Johnson cracked 90 from 80 balls and he was supported by 53 from Nick Seager and 35 from Nathan Edwards. There were three wickets apiece for Jon Wigley (3 for 37) and Louis Glover (3 for 38) before the match was abandoned. 

A superb unbeaten 83 from Phil Harris steered Barnards Green to a six wicket win against Worcestershire rivals Barnt Green in Group 4. Arriving at the wicket at 104 for four following the dismissal of former Barnt Green batsman Zain ul-Hassan (57), Harris dominated an unbroken fifth wicket stand of 100 with Oliver Halion (30 not out) as he hit seven fours and five sixes from 42 balls faced. Before Harris’s intervention, Barnt Green were on their way to a second win of the season after Will Baker (39 not out) had guided them to 200 for six from 40 overs. The most successful bowler was Jonathan Dovey with 3 for 23. One of the closest games of the day took place at Chester Road where Kidderminster held off a stern challenge from Ombersley. Half-centuries from Jujhar Johal (62) and Neil Pinner (54) and 32 not out from Nathan Round saw Kidderminster to 234 for seven from 40 overs with Elliot Mason taking 3 for 27 for Ombersley. In reply, Ombersley were going well on 192 for two, thanks to a third wicket partnership of 166 by Nick Hammond (93) and George Panayi (60) but once they were both dismissed by Chris Steele (2 for 28) the impetus was lost. Liam Weston took the other three Ombersley wickets at a personal cost of 44 as the visitors fell short by the narrow margin of seven runs with five wickets still standing. Halesowen join Barnards Green at the top of the group after a 20 run win over Bromsgrove who finished on 151 for eight from 40 overs after dismissing the home side for 171 with one ball of their innings remaining. Luke Tulacz top scored for Halesowen with 59 and Jack Taylor took 3 for 42 for Bromsgrove. For the second week running, the Bromsgrove top order failed to impress and it was left to tail-ender Alex Wilkinson (39 not out) to add some respectability to the total. Eddie Rhodes took 3 for 32 for Halesowen.