September 29th, 2016

Solihull Blossomfield on the verge of historic league title victory

Updated: 5:51 pm, Aug 31, 2016

SOLIHULL Blossomfield know that a win in either of their two remaining fixtures will see them crowned champions of the Warwickshire League Division Two following two comfortable victories over the bank holiday weekend against Pickwick and Leamington Khalsa.

Firstly, on Saturday the league leaders welcomed Pickwick to Widney Lane and after captain Ben Seifas had won the toss, he chose to bowl first.

It was a decision which looked to be justified as Harvey Satterthwaite (5 for 25) picked up two wickets in the first over of the match.

He and fellow opener Nathan Myers (4 for 40) were clinical in picking up regular wickets to leave the visitors 38 for 8. Despite some very brief resistance from the tail they were unable to pass 100 and left Bloss requiring 76 for victory.

Despite the loss of an early wicket, Bloss cruised to their victory target for the loss of one wicket. Seifas made an unbeaten 24 while playing the supporting role alongside Richard Weaver who made a very brisk 40 not out.

Victory on Saturday and results elsewhere meant that Solihull could technically have been promoted on Monday with a win away at Leamington Khalsa. However with three of the chasing sides needing to lose it always looked unlikely.

Again captain Seifas won the toss on a glorious day and decided to bowl first.

Again it was Myers who lead from the front with 4 for 38 to remove the top order and Satterthwaite returned after a wicketless first spell to collect 4 for 28 as the hosts mustered a below par 217 all out.

After a rare failure on Saturday, Naveed Bashir was determined to make amends and after the early loss of his opening partner, Bashir continued to pick up boundaries at regular intervals to always keep Bloss ahead of the required rate.

He received strong support from Edward Thompson (17) and Nickunj Patel (30 not out) on his way to 158. Incredibly his innings included 16 fours and nine sixes as he guided Bloss home with 20 overs to spare for the loss of three wickets.

Bloss will look to wrap the Warwickshire League Division Two title when they host Lyndworth on Saturday.

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