1:31pm Thursday 15th August 2013
STOURBRIDGE snatched defeat from the jaws of victory when losing by 31 runs at Eastnor in Birmingham League Division Two.
Chasing down a modest target of 139, Stourbridge slumped from 80-2 to 108 all out.
Skipper Richard Bradley said: “We’ve only got ourselves to blame.
“The wicket was poor, so batting wasn’t as straightforward as it looked. But at 80-2, it was a giveaway.
“In truth, we’d probably given them 20 to 30 runs too many when they batted — but it was our batting that was at fault.
“They put us under a bit of pressure but we should have done better.
“It was one bad day at the office and we mustn’t allow that to affect us. “I still think we are part of the promotion shake-up”.
Highlight of the game for Stourbridge was another hat-trick from Matt Bradley, who finished with figures of 3-19, while Audy Alexander, pictured left, claimed 3-38, while James Wood returned 4-37.
Stourbridge were then undone by Shahid Ahmed’s second spell as he picked up 4-29 and triggered the collapse.
This Saturday, Stourbridge travel to Attock and Bradley must decide whether to recall James Winders, who picked up seven wickets for the seconds.
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