September 29th, 2016

In-form Uffindall consigns Green to defeat

IT WAS an afternoon to forget for Barnt Green as they suffered a heavy eight-wicket defeat to Ombersley in the Birmingham League Premier Division.

Oliver Uffindall was the star of the show as he finished with figures of 6-34 while Green struggled to get going, making just 118 runs before losing their last man.

Despite an early breakthrough from Andrew Sutton, the home side failed to trouble Ombersley who swept to victory, with the loss of just two wickets.

After losing the toss, Green did not get off to the best of starts as William Baker was dismissed for just two runs. His fellow opener Tom Brown also fell cheaply as he was run out.

But fortunately for Green, Edward Pollock looked in good form and when he was joined at the crease by Matthew Lamb they began to rebuild their side’s innings.

The pair took them to 87-2, but this was where things began to fall apart for Green as Uffindall wreaked havoc. He caught and bowled Pollock before producing a devastating spell with the ball.

After Lamb was run out, Uffindall started to claim wickets at regular intervals. Darrel Williams (5), Aadil Rashid (0), Miles Garrett (0), Sutton (3) and Simon Jackson (5) all fell victim to Uffindall’s bowling as Green went from 93-4 to 104-9.

William Neale provided some resistance, but with still 15 overs left he was removed after being stumped by Uday Kaul following the bowling of Brett D’Oliveira.

This left Green with a mammoth task of salvaging any points, but they at least made a positive start as Sutton got bowling hero Uffindall’s wicket.

The hosts would have hoped to have kicked on from here, but Ombersley continued to play positively, with Liam Gwynne firing a half century.

Sutton got his second wicket of the day when his throw led to a catch from Williams to dismiss Gwynne for 61.

Their Worcestershire rivals needed a further 41 runs to win and they soon reached their total with Kaul (32) and D’Oliveira (19) steering the ship.

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