THE THREAT of relegation continues to loom over Kenilworth Wardens, after a 124-run loss to Barnt Green sent them further down the mire in Birmingham & District Premier Division One.
Kenilworth are 56 points from safety after their ninth loss of the campaign, but were unfortunate to come up against a man in form in Edward Pollock, who smashed 150 and helped The Green on their way to a 308-7 total.
The Wardens managed to reach a respectable 184 score before being bowled out, though they were never likely to match the visitors’ efforts.
After the hosts elected to field, Pollock and Jacques Banton (19) neared a century with their opening partnership, but were denied after Banton was caught by Harry Johnson off Tommy Rex’s delivery at a score of 97.
Rheedyi Amin (11) was the first man to fall to Kenilworth bowler Nathan Edwards (3-63), before Dominic Harding’s (50) introduction added even more firepower for Barnt Green at the crease, hitting 77 with Pollock before being dismissed.
Pollock ended with a stand of 75 alongside George Hargrave (31), with the former finally being dismissed in the 37th over from Richard Linfield’s catch from a Matthew Hancock delivery.
Barnt Green’s middle-to-late order struggled to match the feats of the top order batsman and fell cheaply at regular intervals, though their combined efforts helped edge their side over the 300-run mark to further impact the hosts psychologically.
The Wardens struggled to get a foothold in reply, slipping to 38-4 after the cheap dismissals of Nick Seager (1), Richard Linfield (6), Edwards (19) and James Sykes (0), before recovering with a stand of 82 through Harry Johnson (51) and Ben Rex (37).
Johnson’s dismissal from Amin’s catch off Darrel Williams’ delivery put a halt to any momentum mid-way through the innings, with the Wardens’ challenge ebbing away despite useful scores from Harry Butler (23) and Mark Pidgeon (22).
Kenilworth were dismissed in the penultimate over, leaving them with another defeat to consolidate ahead of a visit to Berkswell on Saturday (noon).