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Olton & WW 172ao (5 pts) lost to Streetly 174-8 (20 pts)

Olton & WW 172ao (5 pts) lost to Streetly 174-8 (20 pts)

Olton fell to their first defeat of the season to top of the table Streetly in a tight game in a Warwickshire League Premier Division clash at Streetly with plenty of twists.

Olton lost the toss and were put into bat on a track which had plenty of life and bounce in it.

Wajid Hussain and Liam Gatley made a healthy start for the visitors, putting on 55 before Gatley fell for 20 caught behind.

Two balls later the in-form Gareth Simpson ran himself out for a duck after a mix up in the middle which left him stranded.

Nathan Docker eased any immediate worries – but first ball after drinks bought an end to the Australian’s innings for 20.

A bizarre over then ensued with two dubious wickets falling to leave Olton on 107-5 with Wajid Hussain (54) caught behind and Michael Ceillam given lbw without scoring.

Ex-captain Marc Webb then showed resistance with Jamie Hawkins (18no) after Scott Ellis (3) was caught off a top edge.

Webb (26) fell to leg-spinner Findlay which bought Phil Ceillam to the crease to hit a quick 18.

Sunil Vyakaranam (0) and Steven du Crôs (4) could only manage to push the target on to a below-par score of 172.

Streetly spinners Lloyd and Findlay picked up four wickets apiece.

Olton came out of the break fired up and with Hawkins and du Cros (1-16) bowling on a bouncy deck made life hard for the Streetly batsmen.

The pair put pressure on the hosts who struggled bringing it to 39-3.

And Olton’s score seemed even further away when Vyakaranam (1-20) and Hussain (1-20) grabbed a wicket a piece to leave Streetly on 70-5.

Unfortunately Olton couldn’t capitalise and gave away too many boundary balls with Steve Eastham of Streetly putting on a match-winning 59.

Olton made a fight of it with Phil Ceillam (2-18) and Hawkins (3-64) picking up late wickets.

But Streetly held out to win the match by two wickets.

Olton knew they weren’t at their best and face bottom of the table Ansley Sports tomorrow (1.30pm).

The Seconds faced local rivals Old Edwardians and managed a winning draw against the Streetsbrook Road side.

Olton, batting first, made 256-6 with Ed Sykes (75), Gareth Stratford (71) and Chris Joiner scoring the bulk of the runs.

In reply Old Eds could only make 200-6 off the revised 40 overs, and fell short of the winning draw target.

Olton’s Chris Chapman returned best figures of the game with 3-58.

Olton now lie second in the Premier Division second XI table.

Olton Third XI held out to a losing draw against Elford First XI after Elford made a big total of 283-5.

Olton did their best to chase the score down after Callum Lamb and Amir Shabir both scored 64, but could only manage 269-9 to leave them mid-table in Division Six.

The Fourth XI were the only team of the weekend to win with a crushing 126 run victory over Bulkington.

Olton made 248-7 with captain Pete Suthons (43) and Dave Adams (45) scoring the runs.

Leg spinners Rishi Patel (7-48)and Mohammed Abbas (3-10) then produced some great bowling to skittle Bulkington for 122.

The Fourth XI are now third in Division Five.



Cathrina Hulse
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