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Accurate Azam put the skids under Water Orton
1:41pm Thursday 8th August 2013 in Local Sport
SUBLIME slow left arm bowling by Mahroof Azam put Halesowen on the road to a maximum points victory over Water Orton in Birmingham League Division Two.
Azam drew praise from his skipper Wes Griffiths after obtaining figures of 5-35 from 16.3 overs.
Griffiths said: “He bowled absolutely beautifully and turned the ball a long way. “He kept beating the bat and not getting the edge as much as he deserved to.
“It’s the second week running that Azam has picked up five wickets and he’s becoming a very big player for us.”
Azam’s efforts helped Halesowen remove Water Orton for 162 all out. Then Halesowen made heavy weather of chasing down that total.
Mo Ishtiaq steadied the nerves with a half-century but Halesdowen continued to lose wickets before Griffiths, with 18 not out, guided them home from 48 overs.
Griffiths added: “We made hard work of it — but it was an important win. “At one stage I thought I was going to be left stranded!
“Because we left it so close, it felt like a big win and we want to carry that momentum into Saturday’s game at Whitchurch”.
Halesowen have climbed to sixth following their victory at Water Orton, just two points adrift of Whitchurch where Griffiths will stick with the same side.
n Old Hill find themselves back in the relegation mire after suffering a crushing 10 wicket beating at Division One table-toppers Kenilworth Wardens.
After electing to bat first, Old Hill collapsed to 75 all out following 32 tortuous overs.
Only Jared Daniels escaped with any credit when making 42 before becoming one of James Jordan’s victims as he finished with figures of 6-32 from 16 overs.
Shitansu Kotak then came on to mop up the tail when taking 3- 9 off six overs.
Wardens opening batsmen Keith Bell and James Seager then showed there were no demons in the wicket when they raced to 78-0.
The result means Old Hill have slipped to just one point above the drop zone ahead of Saturday’s trip to Shifnal.
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