4:33pm Thursday 22nd August 2013
HALESOWEN skipper Wes Griffiths had no complaints about his side’s seven wicket defeat to Eastnor in Birmingham League Division Two despite being on the wrong end of a couple of untimely rain breaks.
Mo Ishtiaq laid the foundation for a Halesowen total of 202-8 with a well compiled 52.
Kester Moseley managed to add 56 while Charlie Tromans got himself run out for 32 as Halesowen threw the bat.
Griffiths said: “I was quite content with a score over 200 because it was quite a difficult wicket.
“Mo Ishtiaq batted really well and got us into a good position where we could chase the runs.
“But then it rained again when Eastnor replied and they lost 10 overs giving them a revised target in 40 overs.”
Former Old Hill batsman Andrew Fisher came back to haunt Halesowen by making 72 not out and found plenty of support from Eastnor’s Pakistan overseas player Atiq Ur Rehman who struck a further 50.
They helped the Herefordshire side reach 177 for three in 34 overs and Griffiths said: “Ultimately they deserved to win. “The rain breaks didn’t do us any favours, but I’m not going to offer that as an excuse.”
Halesowen have a huge local derby game on their hands this Saturday when they visit Stourbridge.
On Monday, Halesowen entertain rock bottom Fordhouses in a game Griffiths insists they must win.
He added: “We’ve been so inconsistent all season, but I know that if we play well, then we can beat anyone in this league.
“My only concern is that we don’t get dragged into the relegation battle, which is why it’s so important we pick up points from the next two games.”
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