Premier Division Two Review 8th June

Written by: Nick Archer
Date: 08/06/2019

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With Wolverhampton’s match with Himley abandoned without a ball being bowled, Leamington Spa took advantage of the Danescourt side’s inactivity and a disappointing Harborne performance against Barnards Green to leapfrog the leading pair at the top of Premier Division Two with a dominating display against Bridgnorth who went down to an 83 run defeat. In a game reduced to 30 overs per side, Leamington batted first after an uncontested toss, reaching 168 for six by the close of the innings. Skipper Jon Wigley lead from the front with 55 as Bridgnorth’s overseas player Jean-Pierre Erasmus snapped up 3 for 39. Sulaiman Hussain (39) and Chris Calcott (33 not out) also made useful contributions before Leamington’s opening attack of Joe Midgley (5 for 39) and debutant Craig Miles (3 for 26) reduced the visitors to 68 for eight. The Shropshire side were, eventually, all out for 85 after some late defiance from Joe Smallman (18). 

The poor weather over the last 24 hours had little effect at Barnards Green, where play started, slightly, late as a 51 overs per side contest. Barnards Green rattled up 262 for four, thanks to an unbeaten 112 from Joe Crichard, 63 from George Rhodes and 53 not out from Josh Tongue. Crichard faced 107 balls and hit 15 fours and 2 sixes. In response, Harborne reached 172 for six from their 51 overs with a top score of 37 not out from Tom Payne. The match between Brockhampton and Bromsgrove was reduced to 42 overs per side and, in another match with an uncontested toss, the home side struggled to 121 for nine. Ashley Newfield (4 for 25) and Gareth Williams (3 for 22) were the most successful bowlers for Bromsgrove, while Oliver Rogoff top scored for Brockhampton with 29. Despite the best efforts of Param Uppal (3 for 34), Bromsgrove cruised to a six wicket win with more than four overs remaining with 30 from Jayden Levitt and 29 not out from Matthew Russell. The Herefordshire outfit remain winless and they are 18 points behind Tamworth, whose match at Oswestry was abandoned without a ball being bowled, and 28 points behind Bridgnorth. 

Ombersley’s progress up the League table continued with an emphatic performance against Halesowen. In a match reduced to 33 overs per side, the home side, including Worcestershire players Josh Dell, Brett D’Oliveira and Ross Whiteley reached 176 for six with 63 from D’Oliveira and 61 from Dell. Hassan Qaumi (3 for 38) and Eddie Rhodes (3 for 65) shared the Ombersley wickets but they were, both, out bowled by Neil Slade, who took 4 for 33 as Halesowen finished on 139 for eight. Shropshire all-rounder Alexei Kervezee hit 71 for Halesowen.