25th Sep, 2017

Birmingham League Round-up: T20 victory for Green, winning draw for Old Elizabethans and defeat for Worcester Nomads

BARNARDS Green booked their place in the semi-finals of the Birmingham League T20 Challenge Cup with a narrow one-run success over higher-ranked Barnt Green on Sunday.

Ashlea Brewer’s Barnards outfit were put into bat after losing the toss where they were bowled out for 153 with three balls to spare.

Opener Andy Ford smashed a quickfire 78 off 35 balls while Dannie Rees (14), Jonathan Dovey (13) and Monzur Ahmed (20) also reached double figures.

Andrew Sutton’s Green raced to 126-5 in reply with the help of Darrel Williams (36), Tom Banton (25) and Tom Brown (25).

However, the Premier Division Outfit came up just short of their target as they reached 152-9 after their allocated 20 overs.

Green entertain Berkswell in the last four.

Victory for Green came after they crashed to a eight-wicket defeat to Bridgnorth in Division One on Saturday.

The visitors were bowled out for just 136 as they could not cope with the bowling of David Exall and Sam Whitney who claimed five wickets each.

Bridgnorth then cruised to victory after 17 overs as Ryan Lockley (34 not out) and Simon Gregory (74 no) fired the Shrophsire outfit to 140-2.

Green entertain Smethwick this Saturday.

OLD ELIZABETHANS boosted their hopes of avoiding the Birmingham League Division Two drop zone with a winning draw at Coventry & North Warwickshire.

The visitors posted 170-9 from their 55 overs, thanks to 52 from Mahaaz Ahmed and an unbeaten 53 from Eliot Bartlett.

Greg Ricketts (4-41) and Maduranga Zoysa (3-50) were the main threats for the hosts who battled hard to deny OEs the victory.

Atiq ur-Rehman (3-21) and Bartlee (3-43) proved hard to get away, conceding just 64 runs from their 34 overs between them.

However, the hosts dug deep to limit OEs to just 15 points as they reached 130-8 in response.

Fourth-from-bottom OEs entertain basement side Old Hill on Saturday.

WORCESTER NOMADS sit 57 points adrift of the Division Three drop zone following their six-wicket home defeat to Milford Hall.

Nomads were put into bat after losing the toss where they were bowled out for just 162 as Hall’s Ejaz Nawaz picked up five wickets from his 16.3 overs.

Trevor Keen (370) top scored for the Nomads who have now lost their last four league outings.

In reply Zaheer Suliman smashed his way to an unbeaten 99 as the visitors reached 163-4 in the 42nd over.

Second-from-bottom Nomads travel to fourth-from-bottom Stratford-upon-Avon on Saturday.

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