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Fight pledge as Olton face the drop

OLTON and West Warwicks skipper Marc Webb has vowed his side won’t drop out of the Birmingham Cricket League without a fight.

OLTON and West Warwicks skipper Marc Webb has vowed his side won’t drop out of the Birmingham Cricket League without a fight.

The Grange Road side’s fate was all but sealed over the August Bank Holiday weekend when held to draws against fellow strugglers Sutton Coldfield and Pershore. It leaves Olton 33 points adrift of safety with only two games remaining.

Mathematically they could still escape dropping into the Warwickshire League - but they would need to win their final two games and hope other results went in their favour.

Ill luck certainly played a huge part in Olton’s fortunes over the past weekend.

Rain reduced Olton’s reply to just 19 overs as they set about chasing down Sutton’s target of 145 for five on Saturday.

Olton threw the bat, but could only manage 91 for seven at close.

However Olton had no problem piling on the runs against Pershore.

Webb led from the front with 62 while Gareth Simpson smacked a further 53 as Olton reached 242 for six.

Xavior Grabriel grabbed six wickets in reply but Pershore’s last pair survived four and a half overs to close on 211 for nine.

Webb said: “We went into the Pershore game under no pressure, it was like a release and we did really well.

“We’re likely to go down now, but we’re going to enjoy our last two games and give it our best shot against Oswestry and Brewood. Whatever will happen, will happen!

 

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