Two games for the under 19s, and two wins as they went to the top of their group in the Vitality National Club T20 competition. Tuesday saw them beat Cannock, with Will Hinder (24), Callum Morrell (28), Jack Pope (46) and Ross Parker (51 not out) in the runs as we posted 183-4 before bowling Cannock out for 131. Benji Lawrence (2-29), Hinder (2-12) and Joe Oakley (2-6) amongst the wickets.
Wightwick and Finchfield were the opponents on Thursday as we recorded a narrow 13 run win after making 145 all out with Morrell (25), Hinder (32) and Parker (33) again contributing with the bat. Joe Oakley (2-17), Tom Porter (3-18) and Hinder again with 4-26 ensured our 100% record after three games remained intact.
The first team were involved in a thrilling game on Saturday, as their game at Coventry and North Warwickshire ended in a draw with the score level, both sides posting 222-9 from their 55 overs. Batting first, we were in some trouble at 106-6, but handy efforts from Nihal Shilar (55), Attiq Chishti (61) and Ishaq Mohammed (65 not out) gave the innings a degree of respectability. Shilar then took 4-43, with Aqab Ahmed (3-68) providing him with good support before the run out of Maduranga Zoysa for exactly 100 off the last ball of the game ensured the tightest of finishes as both teams shared the spoils.
Coventry were our visitors for the return second team fixture, and with Callum Morrell (3-61) and Matt Jenkinson (4-53) both amongst the wickets early on we looked to be in the ascendancy before Jack Horsley (104) and Arron Sharp (101 not out) put together a sixth-wicket partnership of 179 to see their team to 258-7. After a longer than usual tea break to allow for the watching of England’s World Cup game, and despite useful innings from Sam Horobin (26), Richard James (29 not out), Ross Parker (30), Michael Hartwell (45) and Callum Morrell (48), we never really threatened victory and closed our innings on 211-8 for a losing draw.
Whittington was the destination for the third team, who saw their hosts rack up 315-9 from their 50 overs, aided and abetted somewhat by 90 extras which included 66 wides! Nathan Taylor (2-30) and Ollie Deakin (3-37) were the best performers with the ball for us before we were bowled out for 227 in return. Chris Green, Harry Turnbull, Myles Davis, Ollie Deakin and Benji Lawrence all made scores in the twenties for us, with Thomas Axcell continuing his recent good form in making 48.
On Sunday, the first team entertained Aldridge and restricted their visitors to 230-6 from 40 overs as Callum Morrell (2-36) and Joe Oakley (2-26) got amongst the wickets. Just 24 overs were needed to reach the victory target as Joe Marson (58), Callum Morrell (59) and Ross Parker (81 not out) enjoyed the perfect batting conditions for us.
The second team travelled to Hammerwich, and saw their hosts post 233-8 from their allocated overs as Richard James (2-20), Richard Birch (2-25) and Sam Beeken (3-46) all performed well with the ball. Sam Horobin (36) got the reply off to a good start, and with Mohammed Shafiq (32 not out) also contributing well, it was left to youngster Harry Turnbull to be the star of the innings before eventually falling for a superb 132, his second century in just a few weeks as we recorded a six-wicket victory – Harry’s century being the eighth already this season for the club, seven of which have come in senior games from players eligible for the under 19s.
Unfortunately, I had to miss the games this weekend for the third week in succession, this time due to a pretty nasty sickness bug that started on Tuesday and continued for several days. Not pleasant! Hopefully I can get back on the pitch this weekend for the first time in a month if selected!