Skipper Tom turns tide for Bablake; WARWICKSHIRE LEAGUE.
Byline: Alan Poole Sport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
A CAPTAIN'S innings from Tom Cowley led Bablake Old Boys to their four-wicket victory at Ambleside.
Responding to a modest home total of 142, Old Boys lost half their side for just 26 as Matthew Purdy produced a 7-5-22-3 burst.
But Cowley compiled an unbeaten 75 and, having seen the total slip to 60-6, combined with Sam Eames (34no) to nurse the visitors home at 143-6 in 44.4 overs.
Ambleside's innings was a stop-start affair, Darun Kaliray (32) and Lee Burridge (24) putting on 58 for the first wicket but Mohammed Nadeem (12-5-20-4) reducing them to 84-6 before David Mills (46) and Matthew Purdy (16) added 44. Matt Payne finished with 6.3-1-21-3. Bedworth had to settle for a home draw against Marston Green in a match that produced three outstanding batting performances.
Bedworth's 286-8 total was based on an exhilarating thirdwicket alliance of 157 between Matt Pickering, who reeled off 16 fours and a six in his run-aball 108 and Jason Jakeman, who added a six to his 12 fours as he hit 80 off 85 deliveries.
Lewis Peacock (25) and skipper Scott Friswell (30) chipped in with valuable runs and Bedworth looked as if they were on course for maximum points as they reduced the visitors to 112-5. But Green captain Zaheer Suliman led from the front, smashing 15 fours and six sixes in a buccaneering 133 that steered them to 240-7 at the close despite the best efforts of Jason Jakeman (3-39) and co.
Nuneaton also shared the spoils in a game at Four Oaks Saints that could have gone either way.
Nuneaton elected to bat and posted 213-9 from their 50 overs, Marco Higgins leading the way with 53 that included useful partnerships with Ruban Field (31) and Martin Cox (21).
Russell Rice weighed in with 39 as Carleon Brome (10-1-42-3) proved the most consistent Saints bowler.
The home side lost three early wickets as Liam Benn launched his 12-3-28-1 analysis but Nuneaton's victory hopes foundered on a fine 113 from No.4 Greg Henderson.
Skipper Brome (39) and George Gibbons (26no) then raised Saints' hopes of claiming the decision but time ran out at 209-7 giving Nuneaton the lion's share of the points.
Matt Ewer's all-round skills made the difference as Rugby surged to a six-wicket verdict at Kenilworth.
Ewer first posted a 12-2-52-3 return, removing Chris Prophet (43) and David Edmunds (22) after the openers had shared a threatening 56 partnership.
Two quick wickets for Tom Wilkins reduced Kenilworth to 71-4 before Neil Goodman (52) and Jorget Singh (51) got stuck in to lead them to 212-8 at the end of their 50 overs. And although Rugby lost their first three wickets for 43 - Jake Sunderland removing both openers - Ewer then displayed his batting skills to turn the tide.
He picked off 11 boundaries in his unbeaten 72 and, having put on 51 with Lee James (27), was happy to fill the supporting role as Edwards unleashed a ferocious assault that yielded nine fours and four sixes in a 45-ball 75 that added 111 and saw Rugby home at 215-5 in 38.4 overs.
Bablake Skipper Tom |Cowley had limited success with the ball but shone with the bat to lead his side to victory at Ambleside. PICTURES: JAMIE GRAY