20th Jul, 2019

"We look forward to Berkswell test" says Moseley captain Eburah after the Griffs extend winning streak to four games

Ben Tyler 27th Jun, 2019

CAPTAIN Fred Eburah says his Moseley side continue to raise the bar with their performances, after a maximum-points victory against Barnt Green in Birmingham & District Premier Division One.

The big-hitting Griffs claimed a third successive win thanks to an unbeaten stand of 98 by Imandeep Kang, who built a match-winning partnership of 95 with Brinder Phagura (75) before the sixth-wicket to take Moseley to a 262-7 total.

Usman Awan then took 4-25 to help dismiss the visitors for 173 and send the Griffs up to sixth in the table.

Eburah said his team were rewarded for their perseverance after a tough opening to the game.

“It was great to keep momentum going after a couple of weeks of rain,” he said.

“It leaves us unbeaten in the last four which is a superb response after a below par start to the season.

“The most pleasing thing about this game was the character shown in a match when we didn’t have it all our own way.”

He highlighted the impact of Moseley’s top scorers and the desire to go and claim the win in the second innings.

“With the bat, Brinder and Iman counter attacked after a few early wickets,” said Eburah.

“Iman’s innings was incredible, with some powerful and intelligent hitting, and Brinder produced a near perfect all round performance with crucial wickets later in the day.

“The game then looked like it was fading out to a draw, but nobody was settling for that and it was a great spell from Uzzy (Usman Awan) to step up to finish things off.

“We keep challenging each other to continue raising the bar with our performances and next week will be a serious test of that at Berkswell, but one we look forward to.”

The Green won the toss and fielded first, initially finding success when reducing the hosts to a 44-4 scoreline, dismissing Bhavik Patel (0) from the second ball, before removing Asim Shoaib (13), Kishen Patel (0) and Ben Griffin (24).

Jugdip Singh Nandra (18) was bowled at 89-5, prior to the stunning partnership between Kang and Phagura that blew away the visitors.

Kang then hit 42 with Jona Watts (9) and 36 with Oliver Jackson (12 not out) to build an unassailable lead.

Barnt Green always looked to struggle after losing opener Ed Pollock (18), although Tom Brown (41) and Zain Ul-Hassan (36) helped get their side back on track.

Awan took four of the final five wickets to dismiss the Green with 17 balls to spare, with Phagura (3-48) and Eburah (2-48) chipping in earlier in the innings to help Moseley take maximum points.

The Griffs next test themselves with a visit to leaders Berkswell on Saturday (noon).

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