October 28th, 2016

Warwick close to promotion

Updated: 3:10 pm, Sep 08, 2016

PROMOTION destiny lies in the hands of Warwick after they claimed a satisfying 24-point victory over Pak Shaheen’s second team in what was the only game in the Warwickshire League Division Five to survive the wet weather.

After a delayed start, the efforts of the players and groundsman Paul Finch ensured the match was able to get started soon after the initial rain showers had subsided.

Visitors Pak Shaheen won the toss and elected to bat with opening bowler Tom Austin (2 for 23) getting Warwick off to a fantastic start with two wicket maidens in his first two overs.

Wickets began to fall at regular intervals as Rajan Bhatti (1 for 15) was replaced by Jorje Singh, and the left arm orthodox bowler knocked the stuffing out of the Pak Shaheen middle order with a devastating spell that saw him claim four wickets and concede 29 runs from seven overs.

Matthew Warren (1 for 17) and Richard Rudnicki (1 for 15) completed the rout as Pak Shaheen were bowled out for 109 off 28 overs. Ahsan Raza top-scored for the visitors with 27 not out.

A further rain shower at tea meant that once the players were able to return to the field Warwick were left with a maximum of 21 overs to chase down the Pak Shaheen total.

Openers Adrian Passey (20) and Michael Hope (28) got the Warwick reply off to an ideal start as the pair amassed a 54 partnership in quick time.

It was left to skipper Matt Warren (35 not out) and Jorje Singh (11 not out) to complete the job and steer the team home as Warwick registered an eight wicket win as they reached 110 for 2 off 17 overs.

Warwick’s victory ensures the team return to second in the league, now knowing a maximum points victory in their final fixture of the season at home to Moseley 3rds will ensure promotion.