24th Mar, 2019

Leaders Warwick stretch advantage

Craig Gibbons 15th Jun, 2018

UNBEATEN Warwick moved 24 points clear at the top of the Warwickshire League Division Four table following their four-wicket victory over Star Alvis.

After Star Alvis won the toss and chose to bat, it was not long before swing bowler Joshua Osborne found an early breakthrough and clean bowled Pragnesh Tavadia (1).

Dhruv Pathak and Pragnesh Kansara kept the scoreboard ticking over slowly, despite a typical accurate spell of seam bowling from openers Osborne and Rajan Bhatti (0-20).

Once again Osborne found the breakthrough as Pathak was caught behind by Graeme Burke for 22.

The dangerous Kansara (18) was then run out before then Anil Lohan was introduced and trapped Yogesh Narvekar for one.

Reliable seamer Richard Rudnicki (1-23) dismissed Pankaj Mishra (5) to leave Star Alvis reeling at 80-5 before Jasdeep Singh (33) and Sukhmanjeet Mann (30) threatened to take control of the game with some aggressive batting.

Ashu Sharma (2-25) was brought into the attack and quickly got the key breakthrough as he had Singh stumped and then clean bowled Janorkar three balls later to leave Star Alvis on 110-7.

Spinner Lohan then had Mann (30) caught at long off and Manish Pandey (8) LBW to finish with 3-36.

Osborne was brought back into the attack and took a wicket two balls into his spell to finish with figures of 3-23 and end the Star Alvis innings on 144.

The Warwick innings got off to a bad start when Graeme Burke (5) was caught but a brilliant 81-run partnership between Adrian Passey (33) and Shubhayan Chandra (43) put Warwick well in control before the latter was caught behind.

Passey soon fell to leave Warwick still needing 32 runs to win.

Despite losing three more wickets it was up to Tazik Sharma (8no) and Richard Rudnicki (4no) to guide Warwick home with 13 overs to spare.

Warwick travel to Bournville on Saturday.

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