18th Jul, 2019

Rain proves a washout for Moseley CC in clash against Kenilworth Wardens

Ben Tyler 1st May, 2019

MOSELEY CC suffered disappointment when their Birmingham & District Cricket Premier Division One clash with Kenilworth Wardens was abandoned, restricting them to a six-point weekend.

A match in which the hosts had been below par in their innings in the face of blustery weather was made even more frustrating when the match was called to a stop after just 13.3 overs bowled in the second innings.

The start of the game was already delayed and reduced to 44 overs per side to begin with, before being forced to bat after the Wardens won the toss and elected to field first.

It only took until the 31st over for the Griffs to be bowled out for 113, after they suffered a disappointing downfall from a 71-3 scoreline.

Whilst opener Bhavik Patel provided some prowess at the crease, with 41 runs from 65 balls faced, the rest of his team-mates were unable to meet their usual standards – with former Warwickshire under-19s player Finn McCreath taking 5-16.

The visitors were set a reduced target of 75 from 26 overs following a DLS ruling, which looked to be within reach for the Wardens.

Kenilworth lost opener Ben Rex from the first ball, but endeavored to build a solid number of runs through opener Nick Seager’s 22 not out, whilst third batsman McCreath hit 25 prior to being bowled by Brinder Phagura.

But with Wardens looking promising on 59-2 in the 14th over, the match was eventually abandoned.

Moseley captain Fred Eburah spoke of his frustrations after the game, and said: “It was a frustrating day, both with the weather conditions and our batting display.

“Credit to Wardens who bowled well, but we know we are capable of better in terms of our application and shot selection with the bat.

“Bhav Patel batted with real resilience though, and it was good to see him in the runs.

“It’s still early days and I’m confident the more work we put in at training and the more games we play, the better our side will gel and the more runs we will start putting on the board.”

The Griffs next visit Kidderminster on Saturday (12 noon), who lost to Knowle & Dorridge by 26 runs last time out.

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