Another win for Oswestry on the road - now let's start winning at home too

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Staff reporter (Border Counties)

Oswestry skipper Jonathan Miles hopes Saturday’s impressive victory at Stratford-upon-Avon can be the springboard to a successful push towards the top of the Birmingham League Division Two table.

“That makes it two wins out of two away from home,” said Miles.

“Now it’s time to see if we can start picking up some victories at Morda Road.”

Oswestry will be without former skipper Mark Robinson for Saturday’s home game with Halesowen but have a ready replacement in Shropshire all-rounder Robbie Clarke, who is available for the first time at the end of his first year at university in Swansea. 

It was Miles himself who led the way on Saturday, hitting 71 as Oswestry reached 237-6 in 50 overs at the picturesque Swan’s Nest Lane ground. He shared a six-wicket stand of 120 with Joe Carrasco (66), himself making his seasonal debut after returning from university.

Earlier Warrick Fynn had got the innings off to a good start with 55.

Miles went on to take two early wickets in the Stratford reply, finishing with 2-18 off his 10 overs.

Spinners Charlie Morris (4-29) and Mark Robinson (2-35) then kept a tight grip on the Stratford innings, which ended with two-run outs and a total of 156 on the board.

Oswestry Seconds continued their good run with a comprehensive success against a weak Shrewsbury Seconds side at Morda Road.

There were two wickets each for Sam Davies, Josh Coleridge (both 2-25) and Ben Parker-Marshall (2-47) as Shrewsbury were bowled out for 180. 

That total was never going to be enough on a good Morda Road track, and with Alun Morris hitting 82 and Coleridge 55no, Oswestry reached 182 with eight wickets and nearly 20 overs to spare.

Oswestry Thirds went down by 37 runs at Wellington Fifths on Sunday.

Wellington were bowled out for 197, with Owen Aspinall taking 6-48.

Oswestry were then dismissed for 160, despite fine innings by Matty Davies (33no), Alex Roberts (33), Matt Whitthread and Martin Chambers (both 27).

n Oswestry’s game against Halesowen gets under way at midday on Saturday, while the Seconds travel to Astwood Bank (12.30pm).

Oswestry Thirds visit Sentinel Thirds on Sunday, while the Fourths – who had no game this weekend – take on Wellington Sixths at Morda Road on Sunday (both 1.30pm).

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