October 25th, 2016

Warwick made to settle for a point in battle for top spot

Updated: 11:51 am, Jul 28, 2016

A BATTLING performance saw Warwick secure a draw in their Warwickshire League Division Five top of the table clash clash against Old Edwardians seconds.

Stand-in skipper Michael Hope won the toss and decided to bowl first on a solid deck, and opening bowler Tom Austin got Warwick off to the perfect start as he took an outstanding one-handed catch off his own bowling to leave the hosts on 3 for 1.

The dismissal brought the league’s leading run-scorer Iman Kang to the wicket and Warwick were forced to work hard in sweltering conditions for the next breakthrough.

After the batsmen had put on a century stand and several bowling changes later, it was the leg spin of captain Hope (1 for 10) that bowled Kang who eventually departed for a well-made 61.

Next to go was the opener Faruqui (46), who was tidily caught by Passey off the bowling of debutant Safiq Sheikh (2 for 40).

Old Eds really started to up the ante at this point as their middle order began to crash the ball to all parts of the ground, with Satveer Kang (24 off 11) and captain Parmar (37 off 24) proving particularly dangerous.

But both departed to good catches in the deep from Hope and Shaikh off the bowling Osbourne (1 for 43) and Tom Austin respectively. From a position of 205 for 5, Warwick’s opening bowlers then returned to finish the innings strongly as Austin (3 for 31) and Rajan Bhatti (3 for 46) managed to bowl out Old Eds for 219 in the 48th over.

Opener Graeme Burke (23) got Warwick’s reply off to a flying start before he was caught top edging a short delivery, and Jon Davis joined Adrian Passey as the two patiently built a foundation for the innings.

Davis (23) was the man next out with the score 70 for 2, at which point Warwick’s innings began to falter as Eddon, Hope and Passey departed in quick succession to brothers Iman (3 for 35) and Satveer Kang (3 for 41).

However, Tom Haley (25) and Rajan Bhatti (53) then built an 85-run partnership for the sixth wicket to secure the draw for Warwick, and an 11-point haul was decent reward for the hard work that the team had put in to the game.

The result leaves Warwick third in the table and still very much in the hunt for promotion as the teams approach the business end of the season.