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Cox heaps praise on promising Jared
4:53pm Thursday 15th August 2013 in Sport
OLD Hill skipper Danny Cox produced his best batting display of the season in Birmingham League Division Two and then heaped praise on team mate Jared Daniels for helping him achieve it.
Cox smashed an unbeaten 133 as he put Shifnal’s bowling attack to the sword.
At the same time, Daniels was producing a similar effect at the opposite end on his way to 113.
The pair plundered runs at will as Old Hill reached a formidable total of 301-4, which the Shropshire outfit declined to chase in reply as they closed on 203-5.
Cox said: “Jared has been fantastic since he’s come into the side and has proved a real find.
“He’s been knocking at the door of the first team for sometime and some have said he should have been in the side earlier.
“He’s played well in every game since coming in and we don’t want him to become complacent.
“He batted really well against Shifnal and took the pressure off me.”
Shifnal also supplied a centurion in Shropshire skipper Richard Oliver who scored 120.
Cox said: “I was a bit surprised that Shifnal didn’t make more of an effort to go for the runs.”
Old Hill host Ombersley this Saturday at Haden Hill when the league returns to a win or lose format.
n Halesowen recovered from a dreadful start to give Whitchurch a real run for their money in Division Two.
The result went right to the penultimate ball before Whitchurch were able to claim a two wicket win.
Halesowen had survived an early collapse with the bat, having been reduced to 26-4 at one stage but rallied to reach 172 all out.
Kester Moseley got the innings back on track with 46, while promising Charlie Tromans kept him company with 28.
Skipper Wes Griffiths consolidated the position with a further 43 in the face of some accurate bowling by Behram Ali, who captured figures of 5-56, while Omar Ali claimed 3-23.
Omar Ali then came back to haunt Halesowen with the bat.
He struck 79 and took Whitchurch to the verge of victory at 144-2.
His departure triggered a collapse as Mahroof Azam got his slow left-arm bowling to take effect.
Azam claimed 6-36 off 14.5 overs as Whitchurch just crawled over the winning line on 173-8 with just one ball to spare.
Halesowen play hosts to Eastnor this Saturday.
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