Himley bottom after batting collapse

HIMLEY hit the bottom of the Birmingham Premier League after what captain Greg Wright described as the team's worst ever batting display.

Himley travelled to Brockhampton last Saturday as they looked to kick-start their season following a disappointing start.

The visitors won the toss and put Brockhampton into bat in the reduced overs contest.

Himley bowled well to keep their opposition to a total of 109 for their 23 overs.

A 47 from Brockhampton's Chris Boroughs and a 34 from William Barrett was the highlight of the home side's innings.

However, Himley's opportunity to claim a much-needed victory was soon to slip from grasp after a disastrous batting collapse.

They were bowled out for just 58 with Bilaal Hussain top scoring with just 13.

Skipper Greg Wright said: "We were pleased with the first part and kept them to an achievable score.

"We gave ourselves a very good chance of winning the game and getting our season back on track. However, we then threw that away with what can only be described as the worst batting display from any Himley side I have ever seen.

"We are not helping ourselves and are putting more and more pressure on ourselves by pushing the self-destruct button whenever we play.

"We have to show more guts and determination and play with a lot more intelligence. That is the only way we are going to improve.

"They players are fully aware of our situation and need to step up and be counted, now more so than ever."

Himley are hoping Worcestershire's Tom Kohler-Cadmore will return for this Saturday's home game against fourth-placed Knowle and Dorridge.

Ben Smith is also set to return from retirement after making himself available once again.

The Stourbridge Road club are due to take on Kidderminster Victoria in the T20 Challenge Cup tonight.

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