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Nuneaton miss a trick! LEAGUE CRICKET.

NUNEATON had to settle for a share of the Warwickshire League spoils at home to Marston Green after Russell Rice's hat-trick had bowled them to the brink of victory.

Chasing the home side's tally of 207-7, Green slumped from 171-5 to 174-8 when Rice (3-40) bowled Dean Tune and Asim Sohail with the final two balls of one over and launched the next with a return catch that removed main man Asif Ali for 64. They then slid to 174-9 but their last pair survived a total of 29 balls to coax them home at 180-9. Rice had earlier contributed 17 runs as Marco Higgins held the innings together with an 83 that spanned 131 deliveries and featured nine fours and two sixes.

Bedworth cantered to a ninewicket victory against Bablake Old Boys.

Matthew Naylor (37) and Mark Eames (32) made a promising start but once they departed, Tom Holley (12-6-26-5) and Jason Jakeman (9-2-20-4) ripped through the home order for 135. And Bedworth put that effort into context by cantering to 137-1 in 18.1 overs - Luke Reeves stumped for a swashbuckling 69 before Sam Smart (47no) and Jakeman (12no) finished the job.

A superb century by Matthew Ewer put Rugby on course for their 168-run rout of Hampton & Solihull.

Charles Robards (41) set the stage for a third-wicket surge of 166 - Ewer piling up five fours and nine sixes in his 113 while Michael Powell carried on to finish with an unbeaten 84 containing eight boundaries.

Hampton never looked remotely capable of matching that total, Ewer (3-18) and Owen Edwards (3-14) leading the way as they lost half their side for 16 runs before being cut short on 90.

Kenilworth suffered a 138-run reverse at Four Oaks Saints after the home side had piled up 269-3 in 40 overs.

Imran Qadir dominated the home innings with an unbeaten 154, Glen Westlake (58) and Adam Breakspear (39) keeping him company.

And Kenilworth were bowled out for 131 in 23.2 overs, Carleon Brome (5-35) led a Saints onslaught that would have been even more wounding but for a belligerent 49 not out from No.10 Michael Watts.

Berkswell slumped to a three-wicket reverse against Birmingham League visitors Knowle & Dorridge after being bowled out for 107.

They owed that meagre tally to skipper Dominic Ostler, who joined the fray at 43-4 and was last man out after picking off 11 boundaries in a 104-ball 62 - Alexander Keath the Knowle spearhead with sumptuous figures of 8.1-2-19-6. Berkswell hopes soared when David Brignull (3-22) removed both Knowle openers for ducks and, despite an excellent 53 from David Myers, Nick James weighed in with a couple of wickets that reduced them to 77-7. But that was as good as it got as eighth-wicket pair Ben Brookes and William Mottram nursed them home at 110 in 38.4 overs.

Kenilworth Wardens went down by five wickets in their home match against Walmley having totalled 204 in 48.4 overs after electing to bat.

The innings got off to a disastrous start as they lost both openers inside three balls but Ryan Parnell (22) and Sitanshu Kotak steadied the ship and the captain carried on to notch 80 from 113 deliveries, notching 12 fours in the process.

Nathan Edwards (34) and Tom Brammer (36) offered valuable support but Walmley No.3 Tom Buton then stamped his authority of proceedings, reeling off eight fours and five sixes in a 59-ball 82 that carried them to 122-2. And although Udit Talati (3-36) did his best to turn the tide, an unbroken sixth-wicket stand between Carlos Prowse (27) and skipper Kaiser Shah (31) settled the issue off the penultimate ball of the 46th over.

Leamington Spa tumbled to a 142-run defeat against Oswestry after the visitors had amassed 311-6 in their 50 overs.

Joe Clarke thrashed 14 fours and two sixes in his 91-ball 104 while a marginally more circumspect Michael Johnson, who shared a second-wicket stand of 112, totted up 16 boundaries in his 110 from 130 deliveries Leamington were never in contention, despite the best efforts of Ollie Currell (41) and David Bailey (34) who were both included in Robbie Clarke's 5-38 return as they folded on 168 to the first ball of the 41st over.

Coventry & North Warwickshire missed out by 18 runs in a competitive duel with Tamworth.

The Staffordshire side recovered from a sticky start to score 257-4 in their 50 overs on the back of an unbeaten stand of 183 between Ben Maddox (69) and Dean Van Deventer who blasted nine fours and five sixes to reach his 106 off 96 balls.

Coventry looked as if they might be capable of reaching their target when No.5 Tony Bristow was at the crease. But, having lifted them from 74-4 to 190-6, he fell to Jacob Flower (4-31) for a 98-ball 86 that featured nine fours and a six and despite some spirited tailend resistance, C&NW were bowled out for 239.

A brilliant century by Ben Cooper couldn't save Stratfordupon-Avon from a 39-run defeat against Pelsall.

The home side looked in some trouble at 89-5 against Adrian Witts (3-27) and Mike Brown (3-48) but a trenchant counter-attack from Alex Jones (63) and Tom Boyd (50) lifted them to 244-9 at the end of their 50 overs.

Todd Henderson (9.3-1-43-6) made early inroads into the Stratford innings and although Cooper smashed 15 fours and two sixes in his thrilling 109, the visitors were halted at 205 midway through the 43rd over.

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:May 7, 2015
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