BARNT Green’s wretched run of form in the Birmingham League Premier Division came to an end as they defeated Ombersley on Saturday.
Alastair Pollock and Tom Banton took three wickets apiece as the home side fell for 122, with Oliver Uffindall top scoring with 27.
Tom Brown was Green’s highest scorer with the same amount, but the difference was his side’s top order had more staying power as they steered the visitors to a four-wicket win.
After losing the toss, Ombersley were immediately on the back foot as Liam Gwynne was removed before Nicholas Hammond was bowled by Pollock.
Two devastating spells of bowling then saw Ombersley slip to 74-6. Brett D’Oliveira and Ollie Steele were dismissed in quick succession before an impressive over from Darrel Williams saw him get rid of Frederick Wynn and Edward Baylis.
Uffindall and Arti Fiaz put together a partnership which helped Ombersley move to 113. But once Uffindall fell, the hosts’ tail tumbled.
Green’s batsman, meanwhile, looked like they had a point to prove following their disastrous 53 all out display last week. Openers Sam Cheshire hit three sixes on his way to 26 while Tom Brown made 27 before he was also dismissed.
With the score on 84-3 after Edward Pollock went for four, Green were in a strong position and despite a middle order wobble they got the job done.
After Matthew Lamb (25), Tom Banton (0) and Oliver Butts (17) were sent back to the pavilion, Williams and Andrew Sutton held their nerve to score the remaining runs.