Studley ruing ‘naive’ batting in run chase

First published in Sport

CAPTAIN Steve Rose felt Studley paid the price for some naive batting during Saturday’s defeat to Solihull Municipal in the Warwickshire League Division One.

Studley fell 40 runs short after the table toppers had been restricted to 194 all out in the 49th over.

Bowler Craig Moss was the star of the show as he took the team’s first five-wicket haul of the season.

In reply, Mark Swannick produced a sensible innings as he put together a well constructed 63, while Barrie Forest Smith (40) contributed but also got himself out as Studley fell short on 154.

“We paid the price for naive batting,” said Rose.

“Too many players were trying to go for their big shots before they had really got themselves settled, but the team is very young and they will learn.

“Mark Swannick produced his most accomplished innings yet.”

Studley bounced back to defeat local rivals Redditch by 39 runs in the Worcestershire Sunday League.

Barrie Forrester-Smith smashed an unbeaten 101 runs, while Chris Perrins hit 55 as they made 285-4.

Redditch’s Francois Mostert took three wickets.

The Kingfishers replied with 246-5 in their 40 overs, with Mostert (64) and Ghulam Moyhuddin (77) getting among the runs.

Studley go to Bronze on Saturday (1pm start).

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