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Bank closing in on league crown
6:02pm Wednesday 21st August 2013 in Sport
ASTWOOD Bank extended their lead at the top of Worcestershire League Division One to 35 points by beating Pedmore.
With three bowlers unavailable and rain on the radar, skipper Steve Adshead had no hesitation in asking the visitors to make first use of damp wicket.
Dan Thomas claimed the first wicket as he trapped opener Matt Porter lbw for a duck before leading wicket-taker Andrzej Jagielski claimed the second with a ball that bounced viciously to have Danny McDonnell caught by Adshead.
When Adam Watson ran out Kevin Truswell, the visitors slumped to 35-3, but James Musk supported Paul Pickering as he counter-attacked, pouncing on anything loose adding 57 together before Watson pinned for former lbw for 16.
Twenty runs later, Pickering top edged a pull from the same bowler to be well caught by Joel Haslam for 44.
Jagielski then removed Dave Skelding for nine and Watson beat Wasim Ashiq for pace to claim his third scalp.
Pedmore captain James Burgoyne found some support from Paul Taylor and the pair added 40 but when Sam Thomas had him lbw for 22 the innings wrapped up pretty quickly as Burgoyne was run out.
Thomas finished things off bowling Richard Musk for four, leaving the Bank needing 187 for victory in 56 overs.
With one end of the pitch still damp and the experienced Skelding finding a nagging length, Bank decided to be positive with James Musk conceding a string of boundaries as his seven overs went for 51.
Skelding was finding more success, however, and bowled Adshead (21) with the team at 30 before he also ended a 41-run partnership between Thomas and Tom Pedley as he found a gap in the former’s defences to bowl him for 20.
With their tails up Pedmore then removed Pedley (25) and Iain Morgan (0) to leave the home team wobbling at 72-4.
Pete Alexander and Vince Valenete steadied the ship as they added 31 before the former was run out for 11 and Mike Desmond fell soon after as Bank were reduced to 119-6.
Valente was then joined by Jagielski and the pair added 23 before the former was dismissed lbw by Richard Musk for 28.
With the Bank still needing 45 for victory and only three wickets left the odds were against them.
But Jagielski found support from 16-year-old Joel Haslam, who calmly and selectively picked off singles and ran well between the wickets as his senior partner struck 39 off only 32 balls as the pair cruised over the line with 12 overs to spare.
Bank go to Oldswinford on Saturday and then entertain second-placed Hagley on Monday.
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