14th Oct, 2019

The Griffs slip into BDPCL Division One relegation places with losing draw against Shrewsbury

Ben Tyler 10th Jun, 2019 Updated: 11th Jun, 2019

MOSELEY captain Fred Eburah said that it’s another nine points gained, despite slipping to a losing draw against second-placed Shrewsbury.

The Griffs were unable to match Shrewsbury’s 147-8 total, and as a result slip into the relegation places in Birmingham & District Premier Division One.

Brinder Phagura took 4-37 during the host’s innings, though Ben Griffin’s 32 was the highest number of runs that a Moseley batsman could accumulate, as they finished on 122-7.

The Moseley captain admitted that the points could prove valuable, and takes a number of positives from the result.

“Given that half of the games this weekend were cancelled, we definitely see this as a good 9 points gained despite being on the wrong side of the result,” he said.

“They are a quality outfit and the addition of their home-grown county players strengthened them further and provided us with a stern test, especially the batters going in against four first class seamers.

“However, we were on top for periods of the game, particularly with the ball, so we come away a little frustrated that we couldn’t capitalise on that and get ourselves into a match winning position.

“To be unbeaten in the last three gives us good momentum though, with two consecutive home games coming up, and we are full of confidence and looking forward to hosting Smethwick on Saturday.”

The match was reduced to 29 overs on a weekend depleted by the weather, with second-placed Shrewsbury going into bat first after Moseley won the toss.

Shrewsbury were rocked by four early wickets at 30-4, with Ali Awan catching from Sam Ellis (9) and Edward Barnard (6) being caught by Alex Thompson – both bowled by skipper Fred Eburah (2-43) – while Phagura (4-37) dismissed Rob Foster (1) and Joe Leach (5).

George Panayi (42) and Asham Hodge (40) put on a partnership of 62 to start the Shrewsbury revival, while the unbeaten Dillon Pennington added 18, to set the Griffs with a target of 148.

Openers Griffin (32) and Bhavik Patel (18) hit 37 between them prior to the latter being caught by Tyler Ibbotson from Leach’s ball.

Brinder Phagura (20) and Kishen Patel (26) accumulated valuable runs, but their side were unable to match the scoring rate of the hosts and finished on 122-7.

Moseley currently sit joint second-bottom with West Bromwich Dartmouth, but know they can rise above a number of teams – including Saturday’s visitors Smethwick (noon) – with a victory.

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