15th Sep, 2019

Hughes plays starring role for the Croft with five-for

Ben Tyler 30th Aug, 2019

A FIVE-FOR by Craig Hughes helped Avoncroft claim maximum points against Stourbridge Seconds in Worcestershire County League Division Three.

Having dismissed the visitors for 179, the Croft reached their target in the 33rd over to win by eight wickets.

Stourbridge struggled initially after electing to bat, slipping to 4-2 after a couple of early wickets for Jonathan Hunter (2-37), who then ran out Vikesh Patel (47) to leave them 92-3.

The visitors continued to steadily build their score, but noticeably lost momentum when talisman Ali Rashid (56) was bowled by Josh Cound for the fourth wicket.

Up stepped bowler Hughes (5-39) to speed up the Stourbridge decline, swiftly claiming five of the final six wickets to bring the visitors’ innings to an end.

Avoncroft openers Cound (67) and Daniel Elliott (62) steamed on in search of victory, putting together a partnership of 127 before Elliott’s dismissal.

Cound also failed to last the entirety of the innings, falling just before the hosts seized victory, with Tom Murray (29no) notching the necessary runs for a welcome 24 points.

The Croft remain seventh in the league, but will be confident of improving their position when they visit lowly Rushwick on Saturday (1pm).

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