September 26th, 2016

Pollock hits century as Green close with victory

EDWARD Pollock finished his season with a flourish as his ton inspired Barnt Green to victory over Wolverhampton in the Birmingham League Premier Division.

The talented batsman’s unbeaten 106, which was his fifth century of the season, helped Green post an impressive 263 from their allotted 38 overs.

After losing three early wickets, the visitors rebuilt their innings thanks to brave performances from Matthew Kleinveldt (71) and Adam Lawley (77).

But four wickets from Andrew Sutton helped scupper Wolverhampton’s bid as Green held on to win the match by 11 runs and seal eighth spot in the top flight.

After winning the toss and putting the hosts into bat first, Wolverhampton would have been keen to make some early in-roads, but Sam Cheshire and Tom Brown dug in.

The pair made 81 before Cheshire (32) was trapped LBW by James Hammond and Brown (48) was undone in similar fashion as Kleinveldt stopped him from completing his half century.

Although Luke Radford was bowled by Ben Twohig, Green looked largely untroubled, with Pollock leading from the front and Sutton providing support.

Pollock swept to his 50 before charging towards his 100 thanks to 12 fours which put his side in a commanding position.

All the momentum was with Green whose bowling attack then tore into Wolverhampton’s batting line up. Sutton took two wickets, while Hammond was caught out by Pollock.

With the score on 34-3, the home side were firmly in control. but their opponents refused to give up and fought back bravely.

Kleinveldt steered his side to 120 before he fell for 71 and Wolverhampton were closing in on 200 when Sutton claimed his third wicket of the match, dismissing Dan Bowyer for 29.

Sutton added another to his haul as the visitors were left on 221-6, but they still made Green work for it, with Lawley making a battling 77.

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