12:51pm Thursday 1st August 2013
HIMLEY had good cause to curse the rain this week as it robbed them of almost certain victory at Berkswell in the Birmingham League Premier Division.
The Stourbridge Road side had already been disturbed once as they set about chasing down Berkswell’s total of 234-6.
But persistent rain finally ruined things to leave Himley stranded on 184 for four with 14.2 overs to spare.
Acting skipper Nathan Round said: “We were cruising. We’d already been off for half an hour early into the innings and been set a revised target of 192 for the winning draw.
“Another five or six overs and I’m sure we would have got there. It was a real shame because we’d got ourselves into a great position.”
Former Warwickshire all-rounder Dominic Ostler stood between Himley and victory.
He rescued Berkswell’s batting by smashing a boundary laden 117 not out which included 10 fours and 6 sixes.
Together with Mo Akhlaq, who made 22, they put on 134 for an unbroken seven wicket partnership after Berkswell had been reduced to 68-4 at one stage.
Round said: “We dropped Dominic when he was on 64 and that was to prove the difference.”
Himley took up the chase in reply with former Worcestershire captain Ben Smith showing a welcome return to form with 75, while Jamie Harris on 37 and Tom Kohler-Cadmore with 32 supplying support until the game was cut short.
Himley paraded West Indian overseas all-rounder Segio Fedee for the first time, who felt the full force of Ostler’s onslaught when he bowled at the end of the innings.
Captain Greg Smith is set to return this Saturday when Himley host runaway leaders Shrewsbury at Stourbridge Road but Ben Smith is unlikely to play owing to his commitments as Leicestershire’s batting coach The match coincides with an open day taking place at the club where visitors can join in a game of Kwik Cricket, or practise their batting skills against a bowling machine.
There’s also free training vouchers for youngster and ECB t-shirts being given away while the less energetic can watch the Ashes live on the club’s TV screen. The fun starts at 11am.
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