18th Nov, 2017

Promotion thoughts increase at Warwick following double success

CRICKET: WARWICK continued their strong run-of-form against Sheldon Malborough on Saturday to extend their lead at the top of Warwickshire Cricket League Division Five by 55 points.

Skipper Matt Warren won the toss and elected to bowl in overcast conditions.

Hoping his seamers could make the most of the conditions, Warren’s hopes soon turned to reality when Josh Osborne picked up a wicket with just his second ball.

Osborne was well complimented by Rajan Bhatti, who also picked up the wicket of the dangerous Hamza Latif.

But it was Osbourne who stole the show, producing a fine spell of swing bowling to test four key wickets.

Sheldon did not help themselves by taking risky singles which resulted in two run outs leaving them 55-7.

Warwick stalwart Rudnicki bowled with impressive accuracy to take two wickets while leg spinner Ashu Sharma chipped in with a wicket of his own following his three over spell.

Sheldon were eventually bowled out for 77 in just 30 overs.

Graeme Burke got Warwick off to a flying started – and the opener looked to be in a hurry as he blasted 26 runs from 24 balls.

James Sood then followed to leave Adrian Passey to hit 26* while Matt Warren’s 9* helped see Warwick home.

Warwick travel to Bulkington next Saturday with the aim of continuing their winning streak.

2ND XI

WARWICK’S 2nd XI boosted their chances of league success following a solid performance against Rugby’s 3rd XI on Saturday.

Played on an artificial pitch, Warwick skipper Steve Webb won the toss and bowled first.

A shower before the start meant Warwick’s seamers struggled to find their feet on the surface.

However – without a run-up – Webb removed Rugby opener Mitchel early on.

Morgan (50) survived being clean bowled by spinner Joe Evans when the bails refused to move to hit his half century before being bowled by Matt Hodgkin.

Evans had better luck when a short ball kept low to claim Koria.

An aggressive 78 by Barhey helped Rugby close their innings on 233/7.

Openers Jon Davis and Naresh Airody fell early for Warwick in reply, but a strong partnership from Ben Rhodes (47) and Joe Evans (53) helped Warwick passed 100.

But from 125/2, Warwick started to lose wickets at regular intervals.

Knocks from Sudhakara Reddy Konda, Simon McLellan, Paul Coleman and Mat Hodgkin kept the run rate up as Warwick’s total was finally reached when Callum Webb hit the winning runs with four overs spare.

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