September 28th, 2016

Dorridge increase lead at the top after Moseley victory

Updated: 9:46 am, Jul 28, 2016

DORRIDGE opened up a ten point gap over Smethwick at the top of Division One after they defeated Moseley at home by four wickets.

Captain Dave Ball won the toss and asked Moseley to bat and in taking two wickets quickly reduced them to 42 for 2 when he had Yates (19) caught by Forrester-Smith and trapping Harper (6) lbw.

A partnership then developed between opener Awan and Mark Adair and they took the score to 121 when Awan (38) was stumped by Khan off the bowling of Mohammed Akeel.

The state of the game was evenly balanced at that time but with Williams (19) helping Adair add 40, Moseley were getting on top.

However, wickets started falling at regular intervals and when Adair was stumped off Laurie Evans for 95, things were starting to swing back Dorridge’s way. Adair’s innings included 15 boundaries and he scored at a run a ball.  Evans and Ball then swept two more wickets each to leave Moseley 257-9. Ball returned 4-66 and Evans 3-47.

Ball felt confident as he had a strong batting line up and that he thought that it was a 300+ track. Their innings did not get off to the start Ball wanted though as Eburah dismissed Hemstock (1) and Ebad (15) to make Dorridge 24-2.

Barrie Forrester-Smith was joined by Laurie Evans and they dug in to compile a stand of 85 to take it to 109 when Forrester-Smith was stumped for 31.

Ahmed (0) went lbw the next ball but then Captain Fantastic Dave Ball came to the wicket and with Evans, more than doubled the score as he hit 61 off 64 balls with 11 fours.

He was caught by Yates off Eburah when the score was 247 and Swanick fell by the same duo next ball but it was too little too late for Moseley as Evans saw Dorridge home in the 45th over.

Evans scored 140 in 117 balls with 22 fours and two sixes to cap a superb all round performance. Eburah took 4-68.

Dave Ball said after the game that with ten games to go, there was a lot of tough cricket to play and that Dorridge need to keep up the good performances if they want to make an immediate return to the Premier league.

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