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Strike bowlers Smith and Turner torment Wombourne
11:49am Thursday 5th September 2013 in Sport
ANYONE turning up to watch Wombourne take on local rivals Himley last Saturday after 1.30pm would have been hugely disappointed.
By that stage of proceedings, play had already come to a conclusion with Himley having obtained an embarrassingly easy nine wicket win.
The match, if you can call it that, only lasted a matter of 15.5 overs. By that stage Himley had bowled out Wombourne for just 34 runs and then taken 4.3 overs in reply to knock off the required total.
Himley strike bowlers Danny Smith and Jamie Turner created carnage to cause all the damage.
Smith’s left arm pace prised out figures of four for 23 while ‘Dodge’ Turner took six for 11 from 5.2 overs.
Himley skipper Greg Wright claimed: “It was a combination of good bowling, poor shots and the fact we didn’t let them off the hook. We were very professional to the end.
“Obviously there’s a fair bit of local rivalry between the sides and it’s ironic that we played poorly against them in the earlier league meeting and the National Knockout, so we wanted to do ourselves justice.
“But I’ve always impressed upon the players to take victory or defeat in the right spirit and we made a point of staying behind for a beer with Wombourne, but then we were left twiddling our thumbs a bit”, Danny Smith’s four wicket haul has now made him Himley’s leading wicket taker this season ahead of off-spinner Ryan Brown while Turner continues to catch the eye.
Wright paid tribute to both Brown and Turner claiming: “They both came up from the Second’s this season and have done a great job.
“Dodge’s bowling style in particular is perfect for league cricket. He just keeps hitting the right spot and gets rid of all the key left handers in this league”.
Wright expects a much tougher task this week when Himley visit Barnt Green, where they’ll be reinforced by the return of former Worcestershire batsman Ben Smith.
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