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Brockhampton defeated after great start at Himley
5:00pm Wednesday 27th June 2012 in Sport
BROCKHAMPTON were unable to profit from a great start as they went down to a 40-run defeat at Himley in the Birmingham League Premier Division.
After winning the toss and inserting the hosts, Brockhampton seamers Chris Boroughs (3-41) and Callum Stewart (4-39), helped by three catches from wicket-keeper Chris Powell, made good use of some tricky batting conditions to reduce Himley to 42-5.
But a battling 80 from overseas player Rajat Bhatia, who struck five fours and five sixes in his 80, moved the home side on to 180.
Brockhampton suffered a blow when Ben Stebbings was dismissed without a run on the board but Boroughs (46) struck nine boundaries to get the score moving.
Wickets, however, fell at regular intervals and although teenager Joe Crichard, with five fours and two sixes in his 42, did his best to support the tail, the villagers were dismissed for 140 in the 40th over.
Former Herefordshire seamer Stuart Wedge (4-33) took the honours for Himley.
Herefordshire all-rounder Phil Harris shot down Division Two leaders Eastnor with a fine all-round display for neighbours Barnards Green.
A 94-ball century, including eight fours and seven sixes, helped the home side to 214-7 from their 55 overs despite accurate bowling from Shahid Ahmed, who returned 2-23 from 12 overs.
Most effective Eastnor bowler, however, was Atiq Ur Rehman (3-44) but it was runs that Eastnor needed from the overseas star in their reply, but he was one of three top order failures as Harris (4-31) cut through the early batting.
With Atiq and Shahid out for ducks to the county all-rounder and Jabran Khalid run out for four, Eastnor were in trouble at 12-3 and never really recovered.
Chris Smedley chipped in with 3-7 from 10 overs as, despite double-figure contributions from Arshad Hussain (18), skipper Clive Chadhani (15), Faisal Khalid (13) and Josh Emery (10), Eastnor were out for 85.