DAN Cox is hoping for better weather after Old Hill’s Birmingham League Division One season belatedly got under way.

The Haden Hill Park outfit had suffered two washouts before finally seeing some action last Saturday as the picked up a solid winning draw at Moseley.

New skipper Cox was content with the performance and is hoping his side carry their form into this weekend’s home clash with Bromsgrove, should the weather hold.

He said: “It’s been frustrating not being able to play, particularly when others have had played two games.

“We can’t really afford to worry about that as postponements are going to happen at any stage of the season. It was a solid opening performance from us.

“We have just got to keep our heads down and keep doing what we have been doing.”

After being asked to bat first, Old Hill posted 207-8 from 55 overs, Sri Lankan Dmitri Ratnayake top scoring with a patient 58 while Ian Walker and captain Cox both struck 29.

Seb Soukup removed Moseley opener Simon Chase early in the hosts reply but the real star for Old Hill with the ball was Nigel Davenport, inset, who claimed 4-38.

When he removed Usman Awan to leave Moseley 161-8, Old Hill may have fancied the victory but in the end the hosts survived as they reached 171 for the loss of no further wickets.

Halesowen’s inconsistent batting returned to haunt them again as they went down by 30 runs at Barnards Green in Division Two.

The visiting bowlers restricted Green to 163-8 from 55 overs, Dan Jeavons taking 3-44 while Phil Croft and Asif Khan took two wickets apiece.

Hales’ lost wickets throughout their reply. Mohammad Shauib hit 34 from 79 balls but was running out of partners and when he was the eighth man out with the score on 128, the game was up.

Halesowen travel to Fordhouses on Saturday.