22nd Oct, 2019

Avoncroft anguish despite Anson's heroics

Ben Tyler 19th Sep, 2019

AVONCROFT ended their Worcestershire County League Division Three campaign on a sour note, after losing by 56 runs to Old Hill Seconds to finish in seventh.

An unbeaten century from opener Iftikar Ali (122no) set the visitors on the road to a 275-5 score, at which point Old Hill declared.

Avoncroft made inroads into challenging the 276 target, in part to a century by number five David Anson (100), though the hosts’ challenge eventually lost steam.

Batting first after electing to bat, Ali and opening partner Harry Sekhon (24) put on 51 before the first wicket, while number three Thomas Genders (22) made a solid contribution to take Old Hill to 86-2.

Andy Pittam (2-29) took the next two wickets to dismiss Fahad Mahmood (8) and Suhayl Iqbal (15), though he, like his fellow bowlers, was unable to remove Old Hill talisman Ali.

The Croft were further tormented when number six Izmah Khan (45) arrived at the crease to smash 92 alongside Ali, with the former’s dismissal resulting in Old Hill’s innings being declared.

A slow start led to the hosts slipping to 60-4 in reply, with Amar Nagra (3-38) making life difficult for Josh Cound (1), Tom Murray (0) and Ben Warwick (0).

Opener Daniel Elliott (33) began to find his rhythm until his dismissal in the 13th over, though Anson came into his stride when forming a partnership of 65 with Craig Hughes (28).

Anson followed up with a stand of 53 alongside Matthew Palmer (10) prior to his dismissal at 178-6, at which point momentum was drastically lost.

Captain Paul Athey (26) tried in vain to rescue the game for Avoncroft, but without suitable support, was dismissed in the 42nd over, followed by his brother Matthew Athey (0) three balls later to finish on 219.

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