War­dens are pinned back by class act Neil

Warwickshire Telegraph - - SPORT - Alan Poole

DE­SPITE a five-wicket haul for Brinder Ph­agura and Blake Ma­her’s even-time 81, Ke­nil­worth War­dens slipped to a 46-run Premier League de­feat at the hands of Kid­der­min­ster.

The duo’s ef­forts would have been good enough to win most games, but they were eclipsed by a stun­ning all-round dis­play from the vis­i­tors’ Neil Pin­ner – the for­mer Worces­ter­shire and Le­ices­ter­shire all-rounder mak­ing 132 of his team’s colos­sal 322 for eight be­fore claim­ing 5-47 as War­dens were bowled out for 276.

Af­ter Ph­agura’s two early strikes had re­duced the vis­i­tors to 58 for two, Pin­ner joined forces with his for­mer Pears col­league Matt Par­doe, who made 62 from 80 balls, to add 117 for the third wicket.

Kid­der­min­ster then took full ad­van­tage of a su­perb Glasshouse Park pitch to smash 98 from War­dens’ fifth bowler com­bi­na­tion, and ac­cel­er­ate beyond the 300 mark.

Mike Hill’s 34 and a breezy 21 from Con­nor Smith pro­vided Pin­ner with ex­cel­lent sup­port, be­fore he even­tu­ally fell for a bril­liant 121ball 132, in­clud­ing ten fours and three max­i­mums. Ph­agura fin­ished with 5-43 from an ex­cel­lent spell.

Ar­jun Bath (33) and Ba­sit Za­man (46) added 74 for War­dens’ sec­ond wicket, af­ter which Bris­bane Heat prospect Ma­her, who made 81 from 79 balls, kept War­dens in the hunt.

Use­ful con­tri­bu­tions from Nathan Ed­wards (29) and Ph­agura (34) took War­dens to 235 for five, but the loss of the Aussie all-rounder was a ma­jor blow, and the chase even­tu­ally sub­sided in the 48th over – Pin­ner, the sev­enth bowler used, tak­ing 5-47 from 9.2 overs.

Berk­swell top the table at the end of the first win/lose sec­tion of the sea­son af­ter saun­ter­ing to a ten­wicket ver­dict against old spar­ring part­ners Knowle & Dor­ridge.

The vis­i­tors elected to bat but an open­ing stand of 46 be­tween Do­minic Hard­ing (18) and Alex Phillips (24) proved the high wa­ter­mark of their in­nings as they were rat­tled out for 127 in 38.2 overs.

Grant Thorn­ton (5-2-18-3) did the ini­tial dam­age as Knowle slumped to 56-4 and Dar­ren Maddy (9-1-24-2) put paid to fifth-wicket part­ners Nathan Roberts (32) and Chris Kenny (15) be­fore Nick James (10-1-18-3) cleaned up the tail.

The only is­sue when Berk­swell replied was how the open­ers would divvy up the runs and hon­ours were duly shared as Maddy cracked nine fours and two sixes in his run-a-ball 63 while Mark Best packed eight fours and two sixes into his 65 from 47 de­liv­er­ies as the points were se­cured in­side 19 overs.

It was a point­less week­end for Leam­ing­ton Spa as their mea­gre 115 to­tal was rapidly eclipsed by hosts Om­ber­s­ley.

Hav­ing lost both open­ers to An­drew Robert­son with only 18 on the board, Leam­ing­ton threat­ened a re­cov­ery as Alex Mel­lor (30) and Jonathan Wigley (40) added 45 for the third wicket be­fore the lat­ter teamed up with skip­per Lee Hopkins to put on 35 for the fourth.

But Wigley’s de­par­ture to a runout proved de­ci­sive as the lower order col­lapsed, Neil Slade fill­ing his boots for an 8-1-21-5 anal­y­sis.

Spa hopes flared briefly as the home open­ers de­parted for a com­bined to­tal of nine runs but Uday Kaul (44no) and Ni­cholas Ham­mond (35no) quickly found the mea­sure of the vis­it­ing at­tack and clinched vic­tory on 117-2 from 26 overs.

The Di­vi­sion Two go­ing re­mains tough for Coven­try & North War­wick­shire and Strat­ford-upon-Avon who both suf­fered hefty home de­feats.

C&NW elected to field but found them­selves on the re­ceiv­ing end of a su­perb knock from Old El­iz­a­bethans opener Nasir Jamshaid.

Hav­ing put on 79 for the first wicket with Jamie Boyle (39), Jamshaid blos­somed to pile up 124 from 134 balls, crack­ing 16 fours and a six in the process and dom­i­nat­ing a sec­ond-wicket part­ner­ship of 91 with Ash­ley Bul­lock (28).

El­liott Hennessy sweet­ened the pot with a quick­fire 32 as El­iz­a­bethans amassed 268-6 from their 50 overs. And that proved too rich for Coven­try blood as they were bowled out for 209 in 42.4 overs de­spite a flam­boy­ant knock from wicket-keeper Am­rinder Singh Brar who belted 11 bound­aries in his 59ball 66.

Opener Harry Hors­ley’s 24 was the next-best con­tri­bu­tion, Liam Booth spear­head­ing the at­tack with 3-24 as the vis­i­tors com­pleted a 59run vic­tory.

Strat­ford, mean­while suf­fered a 71-run re­verse against Oswestry af­ter the Shrop­shire lads had thrown down the gaunt­let with 237-6.

Opener War­rick Flynn off­set some early losses with an en­ter­pris­ing 55 (66 balls, ten bound­aries) be­fore a fifth-wicket al­liance of 120 be­tween Joe Car­rasco (66 from 101 balls, eight fours) and cap­tain Jonathan Miles (72 from 85 balls, ten fours) beefed up the tar­get.

Sam Douth­waite showed ad­mirable ap­pli­ca­tion to claim those three big scor­ers for his 10-0-38-3 re­turn but it was all in vain as Strat­ford were rat­tled out for 156 in 42.3 overs.

Only David Baily (39), Rob West (30) and Chris Cal­cott (20) caused Oswestry any real prob­lems as Char­lie Mor­ris led the way with fig­ures of 8.3-2-29-4.

Dar­ren Maddy weighed in with runs and wick­ets as Berk­swell moved to the top of the table.

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