3:52pm Thursday 29th August 2013
STOURBRIDGE skipper Richard Bradley believes his side’s prospects of promotion from Birmingham League Division Two are all but over following Bank Holiday Monday’s 82 run reverse against Oswestry.
The weekend had began in wonderful fashion with Stourbridge winning the Black Country Twenty20 competition followed by Saturday’s overwhelming seven wicket success over Halesowen.
But the beating by Oswestry coupled with Harborne’s recent upsurge in form has left Stourbridge with a mountain to climb as they find themselcves 38 points adrift of the top two with three games to play.
Stourbridge head for Harborne on Saturday.
Bradley said: “Harborne have come good at the right time, but we’ll go flat out and if we could beat them, then it might unsettle them.
“Realistically our chances are over and the best we can hope for is third place.
“It’s not the Oswestry defeat that cost us, but the fact we’ve lost three of the last four league games.
“We did a good job on Halesowen restricting them to 177-8 and then knocking off the runs with more than 12 overs to spare.
“But we didn’t get the rub of the green against Oswestry. We had two very strong lbw shouts early on which we didn’t get and they took full advantage.
“Oswestry are a good side and I expect them to be champions.
“They got 250 which was too many for us, because their bowling attack is so strong, they have no weak links”.
Stourbridge’s prospects were hindered further when Jitesh Patel collided with an advertising hoarding and tore his knee ligaments and forced him out of the match.
Stourbridge reached 168-9 in pursuit of Oswestry’s 250-7, Josh Banks scoring a defiant 43.
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