19th May, 2019

Fiaz: Removing dangerman George Worker early doors will boost Ombersley's chances of gaining a positive result

Craig Gibbons 29th Jun, 2017

SKIPPER Arti Fiaz believes removing New Zealand international George Worker early doors could boost Ombersley’s chances of beating Birmingham League Premier Division leaders Knowle & Dorridge on Saturday.

The 27-year-old all rounder has been in incredible form over the last four games, scoring 466 runs which includes three centuries.

Worker’s quick-fire scoring began with a sensational 183 against Brockhampton at the start of the month.

He then crashed an unbeaten 169 against Kidderminster a fortnight ago before smashing an unbroken 104 at mid-table Walsall on Saturday.

“It’s certainly going to be an interesting game for us knowing we are coming up against a guy who has hit three centuries in as many games,” said Fiaz.

“The game is a big one for us and I think if we can get George out sooner rather than later it gives us a much better chance of getting the victory.

“However, getting him out does not mean the game is done.

“K&D are a very good side and we will have to work hard to come away with a positive result.”

Fourth placed Ombersley go into the encounter on the back of Saturday’s nine-wicket romp against Brockhampton.

Ashley Bullock (96) and Henry Langford (50) played well for the Herefordshire side who posted 270-6 but the inclusion of Worcestershire’s Brett D’Oliveira in the Ombersley side paid dividends.

He took 3-56 with the ball before stroking an unbeaten 158 from 133 balls to see the visitors home with ten overs to spare.

Fine supporting roles were played by Liam Gwynne (53) in an opening stand of 106 before overseas signing Uday Kaul stroked 56 in an unbroken second-wicket stand of 165 as Ombersley cruised to 271-1.

“I was quite excited about last week’s game because even though I had one or two players missing, it was one of the best teams I have ever put out,” Fiaz told the Standard.

“We had the likes of county players D’Oliveira and Ben Cox in the batting line-up but unfortunately the latter was not even given the chance to score some runs.

“I put Brockhampton into bat on a dry and decent track and the logic was to chase down whatever they scored as our batting attack was very strong.

“They reached 270 but our response was very professional and it helped having D’Oliveira around as he is just imperious.

“There was great support from Liam and Uday too who played very well.”

Fiaz will once again have Worcestershire’s D’Oliveira and Cox at his disposal this weekend.

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