MOSELEY’S makeshift bowling attack really came up trumps this week as the Steeetbrook Road side secured a 47 run success over Walsall in the Birmingham League Premier Division.
With Moseley missing some of their strike bowlers, 17 year old Ricardo Gordon was brought into open the attack along with Tom Watts, who was promoted from the Second XI.
Initially the pair struggled against the batting prowess of Worcestershire’s rising star Jack Manuel who smashed a superb 102 for Walsall.
However wickets began to fall at the opposite end as Sharkey Hussein snapped up three for 42 including the key wicket of New Zealand’s Brad Wilson.
Both Gordon and Watts were recalled for second spells and that proved the difference.
Gordon clean bowled Manuel when trying to sweep and the pair promptly mopped up the tail between them.
Gordon finished with four for 53 while Watts claimed two for 56 as Walsall were removed for 193 all out with eight overs to spare.
Moseley had earlier laid a solid foundation with the bat by setting a target of 240 for five.
Everyone contributed with the bat, opener Ian Stokes making his highest score of the season with a half century while Warwickshire’s Calum MacLeod made 46.
Moseley skipper Huw Jones praised the performance of his bowlers and claimed:
“I pinched Ricardo from Handsworth two years ago. He’s quick, athletic and has a great deal of potential. He’s been on Warwickshire’s books, but they didn’t keep him on”.
Moseley host Walmley this Saturday (12 noon) when they should have strike bowler Freddie Eburah back available from wedding duty.