Batting bonus for S9s

An improved batting display was the highlight for Cricket Shropshire’s S9s when they travelled to Castle Bromwich CC to take on Warwickshire in a rain-affected game.

Yet another episode of a very late cry-off (9am) meant Shropshire travelled with nine players, but the hosts sportingly agreed to play 10-a-side and allow 12-year-old Adam Woodhouse to help out the squad. 

Skipper Damon Morris lost the toss and Shropshire were invited to bat. The score had reached 38-2 off ten overs when a very heavy storm drove the players off the field. 

On the resumption, umpires Leo Kerr and Mike Stocker ruled that the innings could now only last 26 of the usual 30 overs. 

Shropshire proceeded to 135-4 with top scorers Ewan Woodhouse (38) Dave Ingram (31 not out) and Damon (23) with Damon and Ewan sharing a stand of 63. 

In reply, both host openers were dismissed reasonably quickly but a score of 48 had been reached by the end of 10 overs when a further tremendous storm prevented play from continuing. 

After a long delay, and the prospect of an abandonment looming, some much extended deliberation by the umpires resulted in their ruling of a resumption with the hosts now requiring a revised total of 86 to be reached within the next eight overs. 

Shropshire couldn’t contain the belligerent batting from Kyron Loxton (37 not out) and Junaid Ali who took Warwicks home in 3.1 overs without further loss. 

Coach Graham Furber said: “It was a disappointing end to the game but there was some much-needed improvement in our batting to savour. 

“The S9 programme now concludes in a month’s time (August 4th) with a fixture postponed from the very wet start of season, with Staffordshire hosting us at Betley CC. 

“Our sincerest thanks to all at Castle Bromwich CC for their hospitality on a very difficult weather-affected day of cricket.”

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