22nd Mar, 2019

Strong batting performance helps Warwick maintain top spot

CRICKET: WARWICK made it back to back winning draws on Saturday against Attock on Saturday afternoon to move 41 points clear of closest rivals Massey Ferguson.

Skipper Matthew Warren won the toss and elected to bat first on a dry deck.

Graeme Burke and Adrian Passey opened the batting with Burke looking to follow up on his first century of the season in the previous week.

However he fell for a run-a-ball 12 after a sharp catch at mid-wicket.

Naresh Airody added 15 before being clean bowled leaving opener Adrian Passey (48) and in-form 18-year-old James Sood (76) to take the attack to Attock with an 81 run partnership.

The wicket of Adrian Passey being caught at long off brought Warren to the crease.

His innings didn’t last long however as he was caught for 0 off two deliveries.

This was quickly followed by youngster Adam Southorn running himself out going for two to leave Warwick on 157/5.

Rajan Bhatti then walked to the crease and dispatched his first ball through extra cover for four to immediately signal his intent.

A quick-fire 50 run partnership was formed between Sood and Bhatti (26).

With five overs to go, Bhatti was bowled for 26 off 24 balls and James Sood fell quickly after for 76 off 96 balls.

Ducks for Joshua Osborne and Abhishek Sharma didn’t stop Warwick reaching 227/9 from their 50 overs as Edward Hare and Anil Lohan both hit nine not out.

Warwick went out to field in a confident mood, but knowing half the job was done.

Bhatti starred by taking three wickets for 41 runs, including both openers.

Wickets then fell progressively with good spells from Anil Lohan and 16-year-old leg spinner Edward Hare.

However a 64 run partnership between Mohammad Hassan (37) and Asim Tanvir (44) caused frustration for Warwick.

The resistance shown meant Attock finished the 50 overs with 187 runs on the board and 8 wickets down.

Warwick came away from the game with 17 points, further cementing their position at the top of the table.

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