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Old Hill secure their Division One status
12:20pm Thursday 5th September 2013 in Sport
OLD Hill secured their Birmingham League Division One status for another season after obtaining a four-wicket win at fourth placed Barnards Green.
The Haden Hill side approached the game requiring a minimum 14 points to make themselves mathematically safe, but the victory endorsed safety beyond doubt.
Fielding possibly the youngsest side in the club’s history, Old Hill chased down a Barnards Green total of 218 for nine in some comparative ease once Dimitre Ratnayaka joined skipper Danny Cox at the crease.
At that stage, Old Hill were in trouble at 37 for four with former Gloucestershire player Mark Hardinges, who claimed five for 46, causing considerable early damage with the ball. But Cox and Ratnayaka turned the game around, Cox making 71 while Ratnayaka remained unbeaten on 78 not out.
Jimmy Howell chipped in with a quickfire 30 as Old Hill reached 222 for six with eight overs to spare.
Skipper Cox paid tribute to his young guns afterwards and confirmed: “The average age of the side against Barnards Green was 20.2 years. Nitesh Patel was the eldest at 23!
“We’ve brought some youngsters up from the Second XI like Humais Butt, Dan Brosnan, Jared Daniels, Dan Such and Tom Genders. they’ve all taken their chance and the future looks bright.
“We will be going flat out to win our two remaining fixtures at home to Moseley this Saturday and then away to Bromsgrove.”
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