SKIPPER Andrew Sutton was left disappointed by some ‘unintelligent’ cricket which did not help Barnt Green’s cause in their 55-run defeat to Moseley, courtesy of the Duckworth Lewis system.
Moseley won the toss and elected to bat, with a second wicket partnership of 91 between Rob Yates and Bhavik Patel as well as 94-run stand between Alex Thomson and Kishen Patel the highlights of the host’s innings.
They then collapsed from 207-5 to 218 all out with Green’s Zain Ul-Hassan (5-32) and Sutton (3-37) ripping through the Moseley tail.
In reply Green were given a flying start as Moseley conceded 28 extras inside the first eight overs before the introduction of Thomson stemmed the flow.
Thomson put on a man-of-the-match performance as he claimed the wickets of his Warwickshire colleagues Ed Pollock and Matt Lamb in quick succession in a spell of three wickets at the cost of just eight runs.
With Usman Awan (2-14) also stemming the flow of runs, Green struggled to 114-7 off 26 overs before rain brought the game to a premature end to give Moseley victory.
“I was a little bit disappointed because we bowled superbly and fielded very well,” said Sutton.
“We wanted to bat first but despite that, I think we did really well to restrict Moseley to a total we felt we could keep in touch with for when DLS came into play.
“In reply we got off to a good start in the opening ten or 11 overs but then we seemed to play some unintelligent cricket.
“If you are losing wickets it adds 15 to 20 runs to the total so it’s all about being smarter.
“You have got to keep wickets in hand so it was disappointing we were out of the game when the rain arrived.”
Green will hope to claim a positive result on Saturday when they make the trip to Ombersley.
Sutton’s side are 25 points adrift of safety with six games remaining.