Run chase fails as Feckenham fall 50 short

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OUT-of-form Feckenham suffered a 50-run defeat at the hands of Oldswinford and Stourbridge Social in Worcestershire League Division Two on Saturday.

The Millers were batted out of the game by their opponents from the Black Country.

Oldswinford took what was a tight game and swung it in their favour with two sterling individual batting displays.

The visitors won the toss and opted to bat first and they got off to a good start as they made 89 before Neil Evans caught and bowled Thomas Blunt for 48.

Fellow opener David Hayward hit a crucial innings for Feckenham’s opponents with 103 not out.

Evans struck again when he had Lee Nightingale caught by Jamie Reddish.

Matt Sidaway (19) and Ian Hatton (6) did not stay long as Feckenham battled back into the game and had their opponents 130-4.

But Waqas Ahmed’s 71 runs off 40 balls turned the game in Oldswinford’s favour as they reached 277-9. Evans (4-54), Matt Kings (3-56) and Matt Henning (2-53) were Feckenham’s wicket-takers.

Henning then top-scored with 40 as Feckenham were all out for 227 in 47.4 overs.

Third-from-bottom Feckenham entertain Wormelow on Saturday (1pm start).

In Division Three, Alvechurch and Hopwood went down by eight wickets to relegation-battling Alveley.

Put into bat after losing the toss, they were dismissed for 191 in the 46 overs.

Opening bat Matt Hayward top-scored with 67, but only Liam Hall (21) and Bilal Malik (22) really contributed.

Alveley were guided to victory by openers Will Rodenhurst, who retired hurt on 103, and Jimmy Glazer (50) as they reached 195-2.

Alvechurch are home to Avoncroft on Saturday (1pm).

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