10:10am Tuesday 13th August 2013
WORCESTER Nomads gave their Birmingham League Division Three survival hopes a massive boost with an impressive win over second- placed Tamworth.
The Bransford-based side saw their visitors post a competitive total of 244-9 off their 55 overs, which was built around Jacob Flower’s 70.
Ben Schifmann and Richard Henry took three wickets apiece.
However, all-rounder Liam O’Driscoll was Nomads’ match-winner as he struck an unbeaten 134 off 129 balls to lead his relegation-battling side to a much-needed victory.
He said: “The step up to the Birmingham League has been tough and the extra distances to travel have caught us on the hop a bit.
“The quality of the bowling attacks we face is much better and we have struggled to get over 200 regularly.
“It has been a good experience for a few of the younger players, though, and playing at this higher standard will stand them in good stead for future seasons.”
Meanwhile, Nomads seconds travelled to Berkswell in Birmingham League Second XI Division Two South and came unstuck against an excellent bowling attack.
Nomads were bowled out for a paltry 120 on a flat, lowbouncing track at Berkswell, who knocked the runs off for the loss of three wickets.
On a wet afternoon, Nomads captain Malcolm Jones lost the toss and were asked to bat first.
Roger Dixon and Jones opened up against Sultan Kahn (4-26), Maddy (1-18) and K Zaman (2-5) and found runs hard to come by.
Only Paul Gardner showed any resistence to the accurate Berkswell attack, scoring a controlled 37 but, as his partners were falling by the wayside, perished himself trying to push on.
Nic Lloyd and Tom Baker put on 29 for the last wicket to move Nomads up to 120, which was never going to be enough unless Nomads could take early wickets.
A Khan had other ideas and gave Berkswell a flying start, before Baker trapped him lbw for 20.
However, I Mohammed (26) and Kizar (36 not out) put together a match-winning partnership of 42 to take Berkswell within sight.
Dominic Badger took two wickets, but Gasper and Kizar saw Berkswell home by seven wickets.
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