Home games now the key, says Wright

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HIMLEY skipper Greg Wright says his side must win all their home games if they are to avoid the drop.

The Stourbridge Road club stay rooted to the foot of the Birmingham Premier League after last Saturday's losing draw away against Shrewsbury.

The result was a return to earlier season disappointments following a number of improved displays in recent weeks.

Wright said: "We were poor with the ball and in the field. They played really well and deserved their points.

"We can only put it behind us and move on because every game from now on is vital for us.

"I think we need to win four out of our last six games if we are going to stay up. That will mean winning all of our remaining three home matches.

"We are capable of beating anyone in this league on our day. We have put in good batting and bowling performances this season but never at the same time.

"If we are going to have to put them together, especially at home, if we are going to get out of trouble."

The league will now return to the win-lose format that was in place at the start of the campaign.

Against Shrewsbury, Himley won the toss and elected to field.

However, openers Ed Foster (112) and Steve Leach (33) put on 89 for the first wicket before Leach fell to the bowling of Ryan Brown.

Himley's joy at breaking the dangerous partnership was short lived when number three Rob Foster (113) helped take the score to 245-2 before Ed Foster was dismissed by Jamie Harris.

The home side eventually finished their innings on 352.

In reply, Himley started reasonable well until Harris was trapped lbw by Sam Griffiths. Wright (42) top scored for the visitors who then lost wickets at regular intervals.

They did manage to hang on for a losing draw as they finished 171-7.

Himley will now face Walmley at home this Saturday as they look for a survival lifeline.

Meanwhile, the club will once again host its popular Floodlit T20 contest next week.

The competition, which takes place from Monday, August 18 - Friday, August 22, will see hosts Himley face holders Stourbridge and former winners Wolverhampton, with a Birmingham League quartet of entrants made up by Brewood.

The concept sees all the regular T20 offerings of coloured clothing and balls, floodlights, music and fireworks as team battle it out for the JW Brandrick Trophy.

To add to the spectacle, this year’s Thursday night feature game see the pick of the Birmingham and District Premier League host the stars of the North Staffs and South Cheshire Premier League for the bragging rights in Midlands T20 cricket.

Further details are available by calling 01902 898239. Entry is free and parking, a licensed bar, food and soft drinks available every night.

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