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Five Ways Old Edwardians CC - Saturday 2nd XI
Bartestree & Lugwardine CC - 2nd XI
Sat 17 Jun 13:00 - Worcestershire County League - Division Three 2nd XI

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2's romp to win in Saturday scorcher...

It was not a day for the faint hearted on Saturday, when Ways met Bartestree & Lugwardine CC at a very warm Masshouse. With temperatures in the upper twenties it was no surprise when Alan Dabbs decided to bat first when he won the toss. Steve Moore and Amir Hemraj opened the innings, with Moore given free licence to play his preferred aggressive style. It certainly appeared to be paying off too, with the score racing along. Playing on a track towards the middle of the square, however, meant some pretty big boundaries, and both batsmen were starting to wilt in the heat, with a couple of all run fours and threes leaving Moore, in particular, in need of an iron lung! The pair had reached a 50 opening stand when Moore tiredly swished at a ball outside off stump and edged through to keeper Evans for 34. Iain Wingfield came in at three, and despite obviously struggling with a heel injury, soon got the measure of the bowling, with a couple of nice straight drives from Sri Lankan spinner Koralalage. Hemraj, one of four Ways players observing Ramadan, was visibly suffering in the heat, and eventually gave his wicket away to the spinner, dancing down the track and missing one that bowled him for a hard fought 37. Chris Jones was in next, and although fortunate to survive an early dropped catch, looked to push on in his usual way. In keeping with the innings as a whole, just as the pair looked set, the partnership was broken, Wingfield bowled for 41 by Joseph, trying to flick a straight delivery through mid-wicket and missing it. Chris Webber was in at 5, and the veteran pair continued to punish any loose bowling before Jones held back on a shot he should have given the beans to and was caught for 34 by Joseph off Harris. Naqeeb Majid joined Webber, and another partnership looked on before the latter was done with a slower ball by Harris, bowled for 38. Nobody seemed able to go on to get the big score that looked on the cards all day, and after another decent stand, Mo Bhanji was bowled for 17 in the final over, leaving young debutant James White to play the last two balls. Majid remained unbeaten on 16 as Ways finished on a decent 246-6.
It was always going to be difficult for B&L to gather the strength to put a challenge to the total together after such a hard stint in the field, but with Dabbs giving leg spinner Bhanji the new ball alongside Sabir Ahamedzah, the visitors were made to work hard to begin with. Bhanji was unlucky with a couple of chances that either dropped short, or were dropped in the slips, but was then fortunate to pick up the first wicket with a full toss that was swept straight to Ahamedzah at short fine leg. This bought Hattingh to the crease, and he wasted no time in showing his intention, taking a distinct liking to Nick Porter, who had replaced a tired Ahamedzah. Porter then managed to pick up the wicket of Spink, top edging a ball for Bhanji to pouch at point. This bought the visitors' skipper, Evans, to the wicket, and along with Hattingh he looked to try and put the bowling to the sword with some hard hitting. However, a clever change to the field after the first drinks break saw the end of Hattingh, when Bhanji, flighting the ball more, got the power hitter to try and smash a third six to the longest boundary, only for him to perfectly pick out Ahamedzah, who took a fine catch yards from the rope. Wingfield replaced Bhanji after a fine 9 over spell, and although hampered by his injury, managed to tighten things up, so much so, that Evans danced down the track to smash one, and was cleverly stumped by Webber, standing back. This seemed fitting, as an earlier attempt to do the same had been adjudged not out by the square leg umpire when it was obvious to all that Evans was way short of his ground. Despite some decidedly iffy fielding, what with half the side older than conker trees, and four of the others suffering from virtual heat stroke on account of their observance of Ramadan, Ways were very much on top, and could even afford to ease off a little once Dabbs had bowled Harris, Porter had affected a run out from a chance he should have taken a simple catch off, and Wingfield had bowled Koralalage. White was given an opportunity to replace Dabbs, who was nursing a shoulder injury, and Ahamedzah was bought back at the pavilion end. Ahamedzah proved too much for the visitors, bowling Monteath and having Joseph brilliantly caught by Jones at slip. Porter was reintroduced at the shed end and wrapped up precedings with his first delivery, bowling Fisher with a lovely in swinger, to leave B&L 83 runs shy of the total.
A good all round display from Ways, with many contributions, despite some obvious difficulties with the heat, injury and old age!

Scorecard

Five Ways Old Edwardians CC - Saturday 2nd XI won the toss and decided to bowl.

Five Ways Old Edwardians CC - Saturday 2nd XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Stephen Moore
ct. A Evans, b. S Bowen
34
7
 
Amir Hemraj
b. C Koralalage
37
3
 
Iain Wingfield
b. S Joseph
41
4
 
Christopher Jones
ct. S Joseph, b. A Harris
34
5
 
Chris Webber
b. A Harris
38
7
 
Naqeeb Majid
Not Out
16
2
 
Mohamed Bhanji
b. S Bowen
17
2
 
James White
Not Out
1
 
Nick Porter
 
 
Sabir Ahamedzah
 
 
Alan Dabbs
 
 
Extras
18w, 3b, 6lb, 2nb
29
Total
for 6 wickets 45 overs
247

Bartestree & Lugwardine CC - 2nd XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Sam Bowen
9
1
46
2
5.1
2w
Alex Harris
9
0
61
2
6.8
7w
Lloyd Davies
9
2
44
0
4.9
Chaminda Koralalage
9
2
26
1
2.9
1w
Sinoy Joseph
6
0
42
1
7.0
8w
Owen Spink
3
0
19
0
6.3
2nb

Bartestree & Lugwardine CC - 2nd XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Chris Tulacz
ct. S Ahamedzah, b. M Bhanji
17
38
1
44.7
Owen Spink
ct. M Bhanji, b. N Porter
7
28
0
25.0
Alun Evans
st. C Webber, b. I Wingfield
21
36
2
58.3
Gary Hattingh
ct. S Ahamedzah, b. M Bhanji
31
12
4
2
258.3
Paul Monteath
ct. C Jones, b. S Ahamedzah
36
62
4
58.1
Alex Harris
b. A Dabbs
0
3
0.0
Lloyd Davies
ct. A Hemraj, b. I Wingfield
5
4
1
125.0
Chaminda Koralalage
ro. N Porter
1
10
10.0
Richard Fisher
b. N Porter
11
22
1
50.0
Sinoy Joseph
b. S Ahamedzah
10
8
2
125.0
Sam Bowen
Not Out
0
5
0.0
Extras
17w, 3b, 4lb
24
Total
for 10 wickets 40.1 overs
163

Five Ways Old Edwardians CC - Saturday 2nd XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Sabir Ahamedzah
7
2
12
2
1.7
Mohamed Bhanji
9
2
33
2
3.7
Nick Porter
6.1
1
35
2
5.8
Iain Wingfield
9
3
29
2
3.2
Alan Dabbs
6
1
18
1
3.0
James White
3
0
29
0
9.7

Team selection

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League table

# Team Pts
1. Rushwick CC - 2nd XI 301
2. Old Vigornians CC - 2nd XI 247
3. Bredon CC - 2nd XI 231
4. Alvechurch & Hopwood CC - 2nd XI 218
5. Five Ways Old Edwardians CC - Saturday 2nd XI 200
6. Avoncroft CC - 2nd XI 190
7. Stourport-On-Severn CC - 4th XI 189

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