20th Aug, 2018

Solihull Municipal get better of rivals Olton

Craig Gibbons 25th May, 2018

SOLIHULL Municipal continued their winning start to this season’s Warwickshire League Premier Division with a 16-run success over rivals Olton.

Municipal batted first and Alex Roslyn (53) and Nathan Boyce (79) the latter in his first knock of the season, were the main contributors to a total of 244/7.

Olton lost wickets at regular intervals in reply as Gary Hawkins (53) held the top order together before he was run out by Nathan Reynolds reducing Olton to 112/6.

Phil Trilloe (25) and Nathan Myers (52) gave the visitors a glimmer of hope of chasing the target, however, the fall of Myers, well caught by Craig Bissett off Matt Stanley 4-34, signaled the last real hope, despite the youthful Farid making a rapid unbeaten 22 before Kevin Crotty was last out after slicing Reynolds to James Roslyn at deep gully.

The Seconds traveled to Kenilworth and upon winning the toss captain Kevin Bissett elected to field.

David Acton (3-9) and Jonpaul McGrane (2-27) continued their excellent early season form reducing the hosts to 40-6 after their allotted 12 overs stints.

There was no let up from the change bowlers with John Stanley picking up 3-13 and Amjad Aziz and Nigel Goodger a wicket a-piece.

For the second match in a row Giles Clements snaffled three catches at slip as the hosts mustered 67 all out with George Bains (10) and Charlie Stranks (11) the only batsmen reaching double figures.

Municipal had no real trouble in knocking off the required despite slipping to 50-4 before Michael Edwards (11) and McGrane (8) added the required 18 runs.

Surrounded on all sides by the railway, away at Bridge Trust, Solihull Municipal Thirds got off to an express start, reducing their hosts to 60-6.

A stubborn seventh-wicket partnership saw Bridge Trust recover to post 154.

Municipal made steady progress in reply, successfully completing the chase in the 39th over, six wickets down, thanks in the main to a partnership of 85 between Paul Tisdell (40) and Liam Walsh (27).

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