Premier Division Two Review 11th May

Written by: Nick Archer
Date: 12/05/2019

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Premier Division Two leaders Harborne were invited to bat first at Tamworth and closed their innings on 160 for seven after 50 overs. Top scorer was overseas player Swapnil Gugale who completed a hard-fought 59 from 109 balls. At 127 for seven, a second batting point looked remote but eighth wicket pair Daniel Wright (20 not out) and Jack Holloway (16 not out) added 33 to clinch that point plus a 10-run bonus. Jake Flower took 3 for 30 and he was, also, Tamworth’s top scorer with …………9!! Seven of his colleagues failed to trouble the scorer, as the home side capitulated to 26 all out with Harborne skipper James Hunt returning the astonishing figures of seven wickets for six runs from 6.1 overs. Leamington continued their pursuit of Harborne with their third win in four matches, at home to Barnards Green. Top scorer for Leamington was Harrison Smith (28) but determined efforts from his team-mates saw their side to a competitive 191 for nine from 50 overs. Worcestershire’s George Rhodes picked up 3 for 42 for Barnards Green, who were bowled out, in reply, for 175 in 46.1 overs. Skipper Ryan Tongue scored 35 but Oliver Currill, who returned to the attack after a wicket-less opening spell, took the last three wickets for 29 and proved to be the match-winner for Leamington. 

The most notable individual performance of the day came from Bromsgrove opening batsman Jayden Levitt who was unbeaten on 135 as his side were beaten at Wolverhampton by one run. Matthew Kleinveldt (51) and Jack Stanley (49 not out) eased Wolverhampton to 232 for six in 50 overs with little hint of the drama to come! After Bromsgrove’s second wicket fell at 44, Levitt was joined at the wicket by Alex Milton and they added 124 for the third wicket before Milton was out for 56. It, eventually, transpired that they had not done quite enough as the remaining Bromsgrove batsman were unable to assist Levitt and Bromsgrove finished, agonisingly, two runs short of victory. Another outstanding contribution came from Oswestry’s Warrick Fynn who batted throughout the Shropshire outfit’s innings of 237 for five from 50 overs against Halesowen. He faced 145 balls and finished on 124 not out in a 20-run victory after Halesowen were all out for 217 with eight balls remaining. Wes Griffiths hit 56 but it was, only, a ninth wicket partnership of 51 between Hassan Akram (30) and Eddie Rhodes (28) that kept the visitors in the game. Oswestry’s best bowler was Glamorgan seamer Roman Walker, fresh from his cameo role on television, in midweek, with 3 for 29. In a match reduced to 46 overs per side, Brockhampton crumbled from 63 for one to 99 all out against Ombersley, as off-spinner Oliver Uffindall took 6 for 19 from 6.4 overs. Oliver Rogoff (28) and Nick Powell (24 not out) scored more than half of those runs, as Brockhampton slumped to their fourth defeat in a row. Ombersley opening batsman Jack Haynes scored 47 not out as he steered the Worcestershire club to a seven-wicket win. After a delayed start, due to water running under the covers in midweek, the match between Himley and Bridgnorth was abandoned after 4.3 overs because the umpires deemed the pitch to be dangerous with the home side on 12 for two.