Final day in the 2011 WCL
At the start of the day the Division 1 title was still up for grabs with
Four Oaks Saint having to travel to Warwick. It was a tense affair and with rain around Warwick batted, Wynn Evans the pick of their efforts with 55 in a total of 170 all out in the 45th over. Saints struggles early on losing 3 quick wickets and knowing they needed 8 pts to be certain of winning the league ended up hanging on 8 down after 38 overs.
Crucially this was a rain affect match, the run rate for Warwick calculated based on the 50 overs they could have received was 3.4 and saints although not up with the rate had made that vital 75% for the 4 point draw. Southam meanwhile had already secured their 24 points away to Old Eds, Coel mahoney making 73 of their 127 target for victory after Tom Wilkins had already contributed 4 for 22 with
The WCL web site league tables have been adjusted to award Four Oaks Saints an additional point as this forces them to the top of the table. The results sheets etc will need to be checked of course before results become official.
The Premier Division title race was over last week and with Olton and West Warks and Bablake OB both winning second place goes to Olton and WW. At the other end of the table aware that 3rd Bottom was potentially going to lead to relegation as both Handsworth and Sutton Coldfield appear to be relegated from the Birmingham League, Kenilworth and Nuneaton started the day 1 point apart. That is the way it stayed, both clubs gaining 9 points on the day. The final fixture were two intriguing match ups with Nuneaton at Weddington Road against local rivals Bedworth. Bedworth chasing in this one obtained a
winning draw based on run rate, Nuneaton claimed 9 valuable points.
At Kenilworth they hosted champions elect Streetly who were in no mood to make things easy for their opponents. Batting First Streetly had 281 for 9 on the board. The most it appear Kenilworth could hope for was the draw and seven down at 183 they got there to also obtain 9 points.
In Division 2 Rugby hosted bottom club North Warwicks and closed the door out on their rivals for second place with an emphatic victory. Rugby steadily lost wickets from the off, Robard with 25 top scored only 3 other reach double figures and 121 all out is under par at Webb Ellis road. Enter Matthew Ewer and Riv Monsell. Ewer 9 overs 6 for 14 and Monsell 9 overs 3 for 8 demolished North Warwicks no one getting near double figures for just 26. At the bottom of the division Massey Fergusson saved themselves with a 24 point win at Sheldon MarlBro meaning Aston Unity's late run may not have been enough to save them
Winners Runners up
Premier 1sts Streetly Olton and WW
Premier 2nds Highway Southam
Div 1 1sts Four Oaks Saints (*) Southam
Div 1 2nds Kings Heath Streetly
Div 2 1sts Marston Green Rugby
Div 2 2nds Massey Fergusson Marston Green
Top team score Massey Ferguson 367 for 10 against Solihull Blossomfield in Division 2 2nd XI
Lowest team score North Warwickshire 26 all out against Rugby in Division 2 1st XI
M Nazakat 228, for Massey Ferguson against Solihull Blossomfield, in
Division 2 2nd XI
C Langford 150, for Knowle Village against Lyndworth, in Division 2 1st XI
R Heath 133, for Southam against Old Edwardians, in Premier Division 2nd XI
Ewer 6 for 14, for Rugby against North Warwickshire, in Division 2 1st XI
S Gardner 5 for 4, for Fillongley against Ansley Sports, in Premier Division 1st XI
P Jackson 5 for 29, for Warwick against Four Oaks Saints, in Division 1 1st XI
Twenty 20 Champions
On a very enjoyable Twenty 20 finals day at Hampton and Solihull CC a couple of hundred spectators witnessed 2 good finals. Streetly CC added the T20 title to their premier league title defeating Marston Green CC, whilst in the other final Knowle and Dorridge CC defeated Walmley CC. Both matches were played in great spirit and the Hampton and Solihull club did us proud in providing excellent hospitality and facilities on the day.