23rd Aug, 2019

Phagura takes six wickets as Moseley earn second successive victory

Ben Tyler 4th Jun, 2019

MOSELEY captain Fred Eburah said that his side’s emphatic victory over Shifnal is a just reward for the efforts displayed by the players in recent weeks, as they achieved a first maximum-points win of the season.

Opener Asim Shoaib top-scored with 65 after Shifnal won the toss and put Moseley into bat, en route to reaching a total of 215, whilst Brinder Phagura claimed six wickets for 22 runs to bowl Shifnal out for just 49 in Birmingham & District Premier Division One.

The Moseley captain admitted his side were surprised by how quickly they managed to dismiss the visitors in Saturday’s victory.

“We’re delighted with a second win in as many games and we seem to be improving with each match in terms of consistency both with bat and ball,” he said.

“This is no coincidence given the amount of work going in at training and the whole team deserves credit for a performance of this quality.

“If we’re ultra critical, we would have hoped to post 250 with the start we got.

“We knew we would be competitive with the ball and in the field but nobody quite expected us to blow them away so quickly.”

Eburah highlighted the impact of Phagura in the second innings, and believes the Griffs can test second-placed Shrewsbury when visiting London Road on Saturday (12 noon).

“Brinder and I have just talked about consistency and being patient, so we weren’t necessarily chasing wickets, but he bowled a sensational spell and it was nice to chip in from the other end.

“We go to Shrewsbury next week full of confidence and it’ll be a good measure of the progress we’re making as a side to see if we can raise our game at one of the toughest teams in the league.”

Despite losing opener Bhavik Patel from the opening ball, Shoaib and Kishen Patel (48) put together a 98-run partnership before the latter was bowled out.

A mid-innings collapse at 132-5, much in part to Alex Wyatt’s 5-59, meant the Griffs were in danger of slipping up after losing Shoaib – but Ali Awan’s 35 helped their cause.

Shifnal then fell to the bowling prowess of Phagura, whilst Eburah took the other four wickets for 19 runs conceded, to clinch their best victory of the season.

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