BARNT Green CC remain second in Division One of the Birmingham Premier League despite slipping to a losing draw against Kenilworth Wardens in a match limited to 22-overs per innings.
Green looked well-placed to win after restricting the home side to 32-3 only for Kenilworth to post a commanding 181-6 total.
And Green struggled with the bat as Ben Chapman-Lilley’s half-century steered them to a losing draw on a tricky wicket with the match heavily affected by rain.
The visitors made a good start with the ball as Andrew Sutton (3-44) took three early wickets to put Green in command.
However, Kenilworth captain Ali Zaryab produced a sensational knock of 98 from just 48 balls as he hit nine fours and seven sixes to turn the game in Wardens’ favour before he was eventually run out by Adam Hines.
Hines (1-60) would go on to claim the wicket of Harry Butler (13) whilst Rheedyi Amin (1-28) accounted for Josh Baker (25) as Kenilworth finished on a daunting 181-6.
And Green made a disastrous start to the run chase when opener Edward Pollock was caught for a duck before Jacques Banton fell for 14 to leave the visitors on 19-2.
Amin (12) added some stability before Chapman-Lilley top scored with an impressive 53 not out despite struggling to form a meaningful partnership.
Amrinder Brar (11) was the only other batter to reach double figures with Dominic Harding (1), Daniel Meredith (7) and Sutton (0) all falling as Green finished on 102-7 to take eight points from the fixture.
Green are next in action at home to Smethwick CC on Saturday, July 9 with the game set to start at midday at Cherry Hill Road.