September 29th, 2016

Olton close in on league leaders after victory over Solihull Municipal

OLTON and WW strengthened their title push and left Solihull Municipal in a relegation fight after the sides met in  the Warwickshire League Premier Division.

Olton’s 64-run win pushed them within three points of joint-leaders Handsworth and Bedworth, while Municipal lie second from bottom.

Having won the toss and batted, Olton were struggling after falling to 35-3.

Marc Webb was bowled, first ball of the match, by Alex Roslyn and Shoaib Masood accounted for Richard Weaver (22) and Michael Pickering (6).

But Olton recovered with a fourth wicket stand of 107 between Michael Ceillam (60) and Michael Collins (64)

Ceillam faced 118 balls, striking five fours and a six, whilst Collins was more aggressive in hitting 12 boundaries from the 63 balls he faced.

Jon Stanley trapped both lbw and only Gary Hawkins (28) offered any other resistance as the last six wickets fell for 22 runs and Olton were dismissed for 203. Roslyn finished with 4-31, Stanley 3-48, and Masood 2-43.

Municipal found Collins in equally good form with the ball as he claimed three of the top four batsmen to reduce their reply to 58-4.

Roslyn joined Masood in a stand of 22 before Harvey Satterthwaite removed the latter and George Gray in the space of three balls.

James Roslyn (17) steadied the innings and shared a stand of 31 with Alex Roslyn which was ended when Phil Trilloe trapped James lbw for 17.

Alex Roslyn (38) was last out when caught by man of the match Collins off the only delivery bowled by Sunil Vyakaranam. Collins took 3-36, Kevin Crotty 2-30, Satterthwaite 2-19, and Trilloe 2-34.

Six Municipal batsmen recorded ducks as the Second XI slipped to defeat to Bridge Trust.

Bridge Trust won the toss and batted first, posting 137 with Amir Aftab (26*) top scoring as Matt Stanley (5-18) was well supported by Ian Hughes (3-44) and John Stanley (2-34).

The Municipal innings never got up and running as Syed ripped through the batsmen to record a seasonal best 7-18, including a hat-trick to conclude the match, as Municipal were all out for 49.

The Third XI travelled to Handsworth and rattled up 236-6 with Paul Tisdell (69) Barry Vaughan (40) and Martyn Cox (38*) the main contributors.

But an unbeaten 103 from Tony Stone was enough to secure Handsworth a two-wicket success, despite Nigel White claiming 5-37.

Tomorrow (Saturday), Solihull Municipal visit Four Oaks Saints and Olton head to Bedworth for a top-of-the-table contest.

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