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28th Jun, 2022

CRICKET - Hammond century secures losing draw for Ombersley at Halesowen

OMBERSLEY CC batted their way to a losing draw against Halesowen thanks to a fine century from Nick Hammond as they remain bottom of the Birmingham and District Premier League Premier Division One table.

Hammond’s timely knock of 100 off 131 balls helped steady Ombersley’s innings before he was eventually run out by Shane Setia.

That allowed Ombersley to finish on 186-8 from their 55 overs in chase of Halesowen’s huge score of 299-5.

Ombersley won the toss and elected to field and were justified in their decision when George Panayi removed opener Alex Bingham for two runs.

However, after Setia (26) was caught off the bowling of Fahad Sabir to leave Halesowen on 63-2 a huge 129-run partnership helped assert the home side’s dominance.

Halesowen captain Alexei Kervezee starred with the bat as he finished on 122 not out from just 107 balls which included 14 four’s and three maximums.

And Kervezee built a solid partnership with Billy Cox who struck 87 before he fell victim to Gareth Andrew who also accounted for the wicket of Edward Bragg (8).

A late flourish from Simon Gregory (34) came to an end when he was caught by Andrew off the bowling of Elliot Mason as Ombersley needed to produce their highest total of the season to claim victory.

And Ombersley made a promising start to the run chase despite losing openers Tom Oakley (10) and Declan Lines (20) to find themselves on 72-2 with Hammond now at the crease.

Hammond hit 13 fours on route to his ton but was unable to build a meaningful partnership as Ombersley’s batters struggled to reach double figures.

Liam Gwynne (13) offered the best support to Hammond before Panayi (7), Andrew (3), Sabir (9) and Jake Howl (12) all came and went to leave Ombersley on 186-8 with the latter bowled on the final ball of the innings.

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