4:35pm Thursday 22nd August 2013
OLD Hill eased their relegation worries with a six wicket win over fellow strugglers Ombersley thanks to a scintillating opening spell of bowling by Worcestershire’s Jack Shantry.
The unorthodox left arm bowler destroyed Ombersley’s top-order and eventually finished with fabulous figures of five for 16 from 10 overs.
Shantry included his Worcestershire team-mate Brett D’Oliveira and former New Road player Duncan Catterall among his early victims.
Only Minor Counties batsman Ted Baylis managed to make any impression by scoring 46 before Shantry came back to clean bowl him.
Ombersley were eventually removed for 141 but Old Hill still had plenty of work to do in reply as the clouds gathered.
Skipper Danny Cox claimed: “We kept thinking it was going to rain, so we had to try and keep pushing the score along, which meant batsmen were forced to play shots they wouldn’t normally go for.”
It was 18-year-old opener Mike Hingley who stood tall, carrying his bat for an unbeaten 75 not out.
A delighted Cox said: “It’s the best I’ve seen Mike bat for the past two years. He played really well.
“Mike’s in really good form at the moment after making 120 for Warwickshire Under-19s against Yorkshire.
“He’s worked extremely hard on his game and deserved that score against Ombersley”.
With Hingley holding firm, Old Hill were able to reach a winning 142 for four in 32.1 overs — a result which takes them 21 points clear of the Birmingham League Division One drop zone.
Old Hill face a tough weekend ahead when they travel to third place Smethwick on Saturday and then host next-to-bottom Leamington on Bank Holiday Monday at Haden Hill.
Cox will find out today if he’ll have Shantry available for the bank holiday weekend.
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