HIMBLETON moved a step closer towards promotion from Worcestershire County League Division Three with a winning draw at basement boys Himley.
After batting first and posting an impressive 263 all out, it turned out to be a frustrating day for the Meadow Boys attempting to bowl Himley out on an unresponsive wicket.
The visitors tried everything in their armoury to tempt the hosts into chasing a target of 264 in 55 overs but could only bowl seven of the youngsters out.
Himbleton’s major contributors were opener Rich Pretty (57) and vice captain Jamie Alford (66).
Pretty’s innings contained some textbook cover drives as he returned to form in style whilst Alford’s innings was a rescue act as Himbleton had collapsed to 136-5, losing three wickets in ten balls.
Himbleton lost their final wicket just as skipper Stuart Dickenson was about to declare giving Himley 55 overs to reach their target.
The hosts seemed intent only on batting the full 55 overs and securing as many bonus points as possible.
With the seamers struggling to get the ball to carry to the wicketkeeper it was left to spinners Jon Critchlow (2-34) and Sean Jenkins (1-36) to get the hosts to give a chance.
Alford (2-13) was the only seamer to extract anything out the pitch as he picked up two quick wickets in the middle order.
The Meadow Boys left with a healthy return of 17 points and now need 16 points from the last three games to secure promotion and 46 to take the title.
Dickenson’s side travel to second-from-bottom Martley on Satirday