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Hagley hitters slump at Nomads
10:00am Friday 18th May 2012 in Cricket
SKIPPER Russ Andrews believes defeat at Worcester Nomads was a “wake-up call” for Hagley’s batsmen.
Hagley failed to capitalise on a seven-wicket haul from Amjad Ali as they were bowled out for 126 and lost by 86 runs — their first loss of the season.
Andrews said: “It was a very disappointing performance with the bat after Amjad’s superb effort with the ball. “It has been a wake-up call to our batsmen to see what Division One is like and how tough it is going to be, and hopefully we wont fail like this again. “I must say Amjad was absolutely fantastic today and every team would have found him unplayable — I hope his form continues.”
Hagley had struggled to find a breakthrough as Nomads opening pair Angus Robson (95) and William O’Driscoll (36) put on 90 for the first wicket.
But the introduction of Ali had a devastating effect as he removed O’Driscoll and then ripped through the top-order to leave the hosts faltering on 120-5.
Nomads skipper Ben Shiffman (12) supported Robson to rebuild the innings, before the latter was run out by Ali before he returned to mop up the tail and finish with 7-36.
However, Hagley’s reply never recovered from the early loss of John Porter and despite Simon James (21) and Paul Morgan’s attempts to stabilise matters, the introduction of slow-left armer Steve Bowman (6-27) triggered the collapse.
Some late blows from Craig Bray (30) and Steve Plant (13 not out) got Hagley up to 126 before they were bowled out in the 36th over.
Andrew’s side will look to rebound when they host Redditch next week.
The second claimed a losing draw against their Nomads counterparts.
After winning the toss and choosing to field, the Nomads openers Roger Dixon (56) and Malcolm Jones (44) got Nomads off to a solid start but Rob Hancock (5-64) helped keep the run-rate down as the visitors finished on 250-9 from their 50 overs.
Hagley's reply was solid, though they never really looked in with a chance of winning.
Fady Jadayel (38) and Andy Lee (31) forming a solid partnership in the middle order to settle any worries of losing but it was Hancock (53no) again who was the crucial man to see Hagley to 201-6 in their 50 overs.
Skipper Andy Shaw said: “This was a decent effort from the lads with the amount of guys we had missing. “In the end we possibly could have won it, if we had kept them down a bit at the start.”
Hagley seconds travel to local rivals Belbroughton next week.
Oldswinford Oldswinford continued their fine start to the Division One season with a 34-run victory over Coombs Wood.
Batting first on a damp wicket, Oldswinford were soon in trouble at 19-4, but skipper Tom Blunt (21) and Danny Attwood (58) stood firm to begin recovery.
After Blunt departed with the score on 65, Attwood was joined by Sud Ali and he added 29 to help the hosts reach 163-8.
Oldswinford’s bowling attack were soon into the swing of things with Andy Gauden and Jack Stanier particularly impressive.
Gauden finished with figures of 4-37 and Stanier 4-11 as the visitors were dismissed for just 129.
The seconds fared less well away at their Coombs Wood rivals. Batting first, they made 205 with John Stanier (65) top-scoring but the hosts knocked off the runs for the loss of two wickets.
Pedmore Pedmore picked up some much needed points as they claimed a winning draw against Pershore.
Wasim Ashiq top-scored with 87 from just 64 balls and hit six sixes as Pedmore racked up 259-9 from 50 overs.
The hosts looked set for victory as Asif Iqbal, Paul Taylor and Chris Bourne left the visitors reeling on 78-6.
But a stubborn 51 from Samuel Cross stemmed the flow as Pershore hung on at 184-8.