25th Nov, 2017

Birmingham League Round-up: Tongue inspires Barnards Green to victory + defeats for Old Elizabethans and Worcester Nomads

Craig Gibbons 21st Aug, 2017

RYAN TONGUE smashed a century as BARNARDS GREEN recorded a convincing 84-run victory at Himley in Birmingham League Division One.

The brother of Worcestershire ace Josh Tongue hit 121 runs off 147 balls while Andy Ford and Josh Haynes chipped in with scores of 54 and 53 respectively as Green set a commanding target of 276-6.

In reply, Himley recovered from 84-4 to 143-5 with the help of Nipun Karunanayake’s 80 before crashing to 192 all out in the 45th over.

Green take on promotion hopefuls and local rivals Bromsgrove on Saturday at North End Lane.

OLD ELIZABETHANS dropped back into the Birmingham League Division Two drop zone following their crushing 167-run defeat to promotion-chasing Oswestry.

The Shropshire visitors chose to bat after winning the toss with Joe Carassco’s 85 going someway to their score of 243-9.

Roman Walker also hit an unbeaten 48 while OEs’ Alex Bastable and Hemaka Pathiranage chipped in with three wickets each.

In reply OEs were bustled out for 76 in the 26th over.

Tom Goodwin top scored with 23 while Ian Davies (4-29) grabbed the lion’s share of the wickets for Oswestry.

OEs travel to Fordhouses on Saturday.

WORCESTER NOMADS edged ever-closer to an immediate return to Worcestershire County League Division One following their four-wicket defeat to Stourbridge in Birmingham League Division Three.

Trevor Keen hit 60 for Nomads who were dismissed for 121 as Luke Alexander (4-20) and Zain Ul-Hassan (4-25) caused havoc with the ball.

Stourbridge then raced to 123-6 in their reply with Alex Bingham (33) top scoring.

Nomads, who sit 60 points adrift of safety with five games to go, entertain league leaders Streetly on Saturday.

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