October 25th, 2016

Warwick keep tabs on leader Old Edwardians

Updated: 11:23 am, Jul 07, 2016

WARWICK picked up 20 points after thrashing Wilnecote by nine wickets at Hampton Road to keep hot on the heels of Warwickshire Division Five leaders Old Edwardians.

Skipper Matt Warren won the toss and had no hesitation in inserting the opposition in overcast conditions.

The visitors never really seemed to be up to the challenge and it was no surprise when Tom Austin (1 for 22) had Bell caught at mid-off in the fourth over and the other opener McKenna was clean bowled for a duck by quick Rajan Bhatti in the ninth over.

Spinners Anil Lohan and Jorge Singh then came into the attack and put a strangle on the middle order, regularly taking wickets as only Husselbee (14) captain Chaplin (16) put up any sort of resistance.

Both teams left the field with the score 38 for 5 after 20 overs as a heavy rain shower passed over the ground.

Without any league umpires present there was some dispute on when the teams could return to the field, however with the sun beating down the visitors had nowhere to hide and when the game restarted it did not take long for Warwick to rip through the remains of the tail as Wilnecote were bowled out for just 64.

Openers Burke (24 not out) and Passey (33) batted well to comfortably chase down the total and only a direct hit to run out the latter prevented Warwick from sealing the victory without loss.

Graeme Burke hit a big six to complete a nine wicket win as Warwick ended on 66-1 after just 14 overs.

Warwick’s emphatic victory leaves them second in the table and just seven points off top spot at the halfway point of the season.

Warwick’s second team also proved too strong for Ambleside’s third team after recording a comfortable victory.

Both Paul Shawcross and Adam Southorn took three wickets each as Ambleside were bowled all out for just 36 and Naresh Airody and Joe Evans wasted no time in reaching their small target in seven overs without loss.