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Stourbridge still haven't given up on promotion
10:46am Thursday 5th September 2013 in Sport
STOURBRIDGE still haven’t given up hope of promotion this season from Birmingham League Division Two after pulling off a 33-run success over second placed Harborne.
Josh Banks took over the captaincy in the absence of Richard Bradley and led from the front by scoring 71 while Matt Bradley provided plenty of support with 67.
The pair took Stourbridge to a healthy 245 for eight from their allotted 50 overs before Harborne gave chase.
Early wickets from West Indian overseas player Audy Alexander, who took three for 40, had Harborne on the backfoot in reply, before George Land threatened to turn things around in Harborne’s favour.
Land had made 74 when he was caught by Banks off Adam Lawley’s bowling as Harborne were finally removed for 213 with 10 balls to spare.
Skipper Bradley insisted: “Promotion is still a long shot to say the least. We obviously need to win our two remaining matches and then hope for a bit of luck. “We’re still 24 points adrift of Harborne, so we really need them to slip up again.
“At the same time, we need to get a result at Coventry and North Warwicks this Saturday - and that won’t be easy as they’re still fighting for their lives to stay in this division.
“We’re really paying the price for a couple of earlier poor performances, Eastnor is one match in particular that comes to mind”.
Bradley hopes to be back in charge at Coventry having been forced to miss the trip to Harborne owing to family commitments.
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