STRUGGLERS Studley produced their best display of the season when they held joint leaders Bedworth to a closely contested draw in the Warwickshire League Premier Division.

Set to chase a Bedworth total of 252 for seven, Studley recovered from a precarious start to finish on 211 for six.

Studley had to thank an unbeaten seventh wicket partnership of 110 between Dale Edwards and Chris Moss for turning matters around.

Edwards struck 67 not out, while Moss, who is second XI skipper, added 43 not out as they took the total from 101 for six.

Studley skipper Andy Rhodes said: "It's the best we've played all season. If we hadn't lost a couple of early wickets which put us on the back foot, we could have pushed them a great deal closer but we had to steady the ship first. In the end, we just ran out of overs".

Earlier in the game, Bedworth looked set for a huge total thanks to the efforts of Ross Parnell 57, Abdul Hafeez 61 and Matt Pickering 46.

But the combined bowling efforts of experienced seamer Stuart Harris, together with off-spinner Ashley Freeman, helped keep the innings in check.

Andy Rhodes added: "Asley is our groundsman and sometimes turns out for the seconds. If he continues to bowl like he did against Bedworth, he could find himself in the firsts on a regular basis."

Studley have now moved to within three points of second from bottom Highway Spartans and will look to improve their position still further when they travel to Rugby this Saturday.