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Moseley go top in Birmingham cricket league first division

Moseley 240 Old Hill 152 a/o

Moseley 240 Old Hill 152 a/o

A SPARKLING performance with both bat and ball delivered Moseley a priceless 20 points against Old Hill on Saturday to put them at the top of the Birmingham first division.

Put into bat, opener Usman Shabir hit a superb 64 supported by Simon Chase with 32 before Abdul Hafeez purred into action with 66 not out, backed by Jason Robertson who enjoyed a knock of 42.

Having posted 240 for six off their alloted 55 overs, strike bowler Freddie Eburah was quickly amongst the Old Hill openers ending the day on two for 36 with Usman Awan the pick of the Solihull attack collecting five for 41.

Stand-in skipper Tom Watts was quick to praise the collective of the Streetsbrook Road outfit.

“It was a really good performance both with the bat and from the bowlers,” he said. “The key is the consistency we’re starting to see from 1 to 11, it means that if someone is struggling someone else is sticking their hand up, coming forward and putting in a performance.

“Two teams will be going up at the end of the season and they’ll be the ones that have got the right balance and the winning habit at the right time.”

Shabir’s opening spell got Moseley off to the perfect start giving Hafeez the time and space to move the innings on and away from the home side.

“Abdul is superb at keeping the score ticking over and he’s probably the only batsmen in the league who’s got the gears from first to fourth to do that effectively.”

Awan meanwhile has hit a purple patch with the ball.

“The conditions favoured the slow bowlers and standing at slip I could here it fizzing out of his hand - he’s coming into good form just at the right time,” said Watts.

On Saturday Moseley play Smethwick - always an unknown quantity - at home, while Dorridge, currently lying third, play Ombersley.

 

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