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One more win will ensure survival
4:05pm Thursday 29th August 2013 in Football
SKIPPER Wes Griffiths believes a victory over fellow strugglers Coventry and North Warwickshire on Saturday could secure Halesowen’s place in the Birmingham League Division Two for another year.
With three matches left, fifth from bottom Halesowen only have a 32-point advantage over Stratford, who occupy the second spot in the drop zone.
Griffiths was buoyed by his team’s spirit after they bounced back from Saturday’s derby loss to Stourbridge by defeating basement boys Fordhouses by 10 wickets for a vital victory.
He said: “A win over Coventry would be enough to keep us up. You can never be sure when the format is win and lose but I believe it would be enough.
“We’ve all been given a lift by the Fordhouses win and we’ll be doing our best to get 20 points.
“We’ve got the top two sides in Oswestry and Harborne after that and I don’t want to be leaving it to those matches to make sure of survival.”
On Saturday, Halesowen were no match for local rivals Stourbridge as they slumped to a seven-wicket defeat.
Put into bat they were restricted to 177-8 in 50 overs, with only Mohammed Ishtiaq (62) getting among the runs.
But the visitors’ hopes of restricting Stourbridge were quickly dashed as opening batsmen Alex Bingham (72) and James Lawley (30) guided them to 104 before the first wicket fell.
Rameez Pinjara took two wickets as Stourbridge reached 178-3 in 37 overs.
But Halesowen hit back against bottom of the table Fordhouses on Bank Holiday Monday.
Daniel Jeavons and Pinjara took three wickets each as the away side were dismissed for 160. Opening batsmen Ishtiaq (71no) and Pinjara (80no) guided Halesowen to 161 in 28 overs.
“Fordhouses were no great shakes but it was a good response by the team after losing to Stourbridge,” added the captain.
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