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Frustrated Olton rue rain delays

OLTON and West Warwicks were frustrated in their efforts to pick up vital points in their fight to avoid relegation from the Birmingham League.

OLTON and West Warwicks were frustrated in their efforts to pick up vital points in their fight to avoid relegation from the Birmingham League.

Their Division Three contest with Studley was repeatedly interrupted by rain before the game was finally abandoned.

Almost two hours were lost before play could commence, when Olton soon had Studley in trouble at 37 for four.

Further rain saw Olton lose their momentum as Studley recovered to reach 201 for eight off a reduced 40 overs.

Olton were only able to receive 13 overs back in reply, which saw them close on 37 for one.

Skipper Marc Webb said: “It only seemed to be games around the Solihull area that were affected by the rain.

“It was a blow because I’m convinced that if we could have kept going, we could have got them all out for 100.

“The fact we were only going to get 13 overs back appeared to take the incentive out of our bowling towards the end of their innings and didn’t really show the true nature of the game”.

Olton will be boosted by the inclusion of Sunil Vyakarinam and experienced Mike Ceillam for the visit of Lichfield to Grange Road on Saturday.

 

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