Tenbury Cricket Club surprise Enville in Worcestershire County League Division Two (From Ludlow Advertiser)
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Tenbury Cricket Club surprise Enville in Worcestershire County League Division Two
10:00am Friday 16th August 2013 in Sport
TENBURY picked up just their third losing draw of the season, holding out against fourth-placed Enville, and with a more promising list of fixtures remaining, the winless side are looking to finish strongly.
The draw effectively ends Enville’s own promotion hopes, while it will give bottom-placed Tenbury muchneeded momentum going into winnable games against three of the lower sides in the Worcestershire County League Division Two.
A disciplined and varied attack from opening bowlers Zack Yarranton and Ed Corfield set the tone on Saturday, keeping the runrate slow and pressure on Enville’s openers.
“It was the best I’ve seen Zack bowl,” said Tenbury skipper Aaron Morris. But with the middle order hitting the accelerator – en route to posting a total of 285-5 – the home side knew they would be forced to play out a patient innings with the bat.
Solid starts by the top three – Tom Pugh (21), Tom Gloster (11) and Jonathan Pearson (31) – failed to materialise into a big score.
However, following a pair of quick wickets, Ian Bowkett answered the call, holding the innings together with an impressive 73 not out.
Bowkett was joined by Ben Thompson, and the pair – much to the frustration of Enville’s close fielders – saw out the innings with confidence.
Enville were top of the table when the sides met earlier in the year, and this is not the first time Tenbury have surprised a leading side – holding out for a draw against Bewdley.
Looking forward, they are now targeting upcoming games against the likes of fellow bottom-three side Cookley as potential opportunities to build momentum going in to next season.
“Cookley would be a game we would look to win,” said Tenbury’s Tom Rawlings. “We beat them by 10 wickets 12 months ago at Penlu – and we were in the game this year.
We need to grind out the results we can do and see if we can find ourselves next season.”