WARWICK remain second in the Warwickshire League Division Five after being held to a frustrating drew away at Moseley’s third team on Saturday.
Matt Warren won the toss and chose to bowl first on what looked a helpful green pitch, however looks were deceiving and flat, even bounce of the wicket combined with the lightning outfield made it a high scoring affair.
Opener seam bowlers Tom Austin (1 for 58) and Paul Jackson (1 for 59) failed to make early inroads, and it took the introduction of Michael Hope until the first wicket fell with the score 71 for 1.
Leg spinner Hope (2 for 39) was the pick of the bowlers and was unlucky not to have number three Belfield caught early on after a dropped chance that proved to be a turning point in the game as he went on to make 66 off 55 balls.
A serious knee injury to Josh Osbourne left Warwick a bowler down, but they did not help themselves by conceding 58 extras as Moseley went on the make a commanding 277 for 5 off their 50 overs.
Warwick’s reply started poorly as the wickets of Jon Davis (1) and Ed Hare (0) off consecutive balls left Warwick 7 for 2.
This brought captain Warren to the crease and he arrived with a bang, crashing the ball to all parts of the boundary as himself and Ady Passey rebuilt the innings.
Warren was the next wicket to fall leaving the score 136 for 3, having contributed an outstanding 89 off 81 balls. Eddon (2) followed shortly afterwards and it was left to Bhatti (30) and Passey (78) to try and get Warwick into a position to win the game.
However, the rate became too steep and despite a late effort from Hope (24) Warwick ended up on 255 for 7 as the visitors failed to chase down the total.