1:48pm Thursday 25th July 2013
HAGLEY recovered from an horrific start to hammer bottom side Oldswinford by 156 runs in Division One of the Worcestershire League.
The result keeps Hagley six points clear of Astwood Bank in top-spot but skipper Paul Morgan remains under no illusions of the task ahead.
He said: “We’ll need to win most of our remaining games to stand any chance of taking the title, because I can’t see Astwood Bank or Bromyard slipping up much.”
Hagley made the worst possible start against Oldswinford when they had opener James Spavin removed with the second ball of the game.
From that point, it all went downhill for Oldswinford as Joe Lennon and James Trinham tore the bowling apart.
The pair put on 207 for the second wicket before Trinham finally departed for 86.
Lennon went onto carry his bat for a fabulous 153 not out.
Further punishment was provided by Amjad Ali who came in with six overs remaining and smashed 68 not out, his 50 arriving from just 19 balls.
It took Hagley to a huge total of 387-3 and though Oldswinford tried to give chase, they lost wickets at regular intervals before being bowled out for 231.
Morgan said: “We had to bowl very well at the death to get them out.”
Amjad Ali took 4-60, while David Hurst (3-24) and Simon Burgess (2-43) claimed the remaining wickets.
Oldswinford skipper Tom Blunt led from the front with 40, but it proved to no avail.
Hagley host Herefordshire side Burghill and Tillington this Saturday boosted by the return of all-rounder Dave Painter.
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