IT WAS another frustrating day for high-scoring Edward Pollock and his Barnt Green side as they slipped to a five-wicket defeat at Kenilworth Wardens.
Pollock backed up his 119 against Wolverhampton with an innings of 122 from 135 balls as Green recovered from 129-4 to finish on 274 all out.
But like last week, Pollock’s efforts were not enough as strong performances with the bat from Nick Seager (77) and Sitanshu Kotak (80) steered Kenilworth to victory.
After winning the toss and choosing to bat, Green began positively, but they were soon handed with a double blow. Sam Cheshire and Will Baker were both removed as the visitors slumped to 41-2.
The responsibility then fell on the shoulders of Pollock, but he seemed to be relishing his role as he and Matthew Lamb rebuilt their side’s innings.
After pushing past 100, they suffered a couple of set backs again, with Lamb (31) and Tom Banton (9) losing their wickets.
But Pollock remained on the front foot while Andrew Sutton did not take long to find his feet as the duo increased Green’s score.
Pollock made his hundred and looked to push on to 150, but he fell victim to Udit Talati who picked up four wickets for Kenilworth.
Sitanshu Kotak followed suit with the ball as he removed Sutton, Luke Radford, Joshua Poysden and Tom Brown to give Wardens a better chance of chasing down their opponent’s total.
Sutton bounced back by getting Ryan Parnell out for a duck, but Kenilworth soon established themselves at the crease thanks to Arjun Bath and Seager.
A brace of wickets from Tom Brown got his side back in the match as they had Wardens 117-3, but the wickets did not come regularly enough for Green.
Kotak, meanwhile, took the game by the scruff of the neck as he got the remaining runs needed for victory along with help from Nathan Edwards (33) and Martin Donald (30).