Oswestry 158 all out lost to Himley 161-5 by five wickets

Another disappointing batting and fielding performance saw Oswestry slip to defeat at the hands of Himley on Saturday.

Failing to take advantage of a benign batting surface at the Stonehouse Oval, the Oswestry top six with the exception of skipper Warrick Fynn failed to deliver.

A score of 250 was never likely as the Bordermen lost regular wickets and were reduced to 95-6, and then 114-7 when Fynn was finally dismissed for a feisty 65 off 113 balls which included five fours.

Keenan Oakley showed some resistance, clouting off-spinner Ben Robinson for two huge sixes before Robinson had the last laugh, trapping the teenager LBW for 18.

Youngsters Harry Darley and Alex Selby showed plenty of application and added 27 for the last wicket before the Oswestry innings finally closed on 158 in the 53rd over.

Himley were always in the driving seat as Oswestry's search for early wickets never materialised, despite the best efforts of Darley and Selby.

Darley had to be withdrawn from the attack with a foot problem after 6.4 overs having kept former Worcestershire player Ollie Westbury quiet .

Westbury finally fell to Fynn caught behind by Josh Coleridge for a laboured 16 off 73 balls, but fellow opener Callum Lee steered the Staffordshire side to its victory target.

After being dropped no less than three times, Lee was trapped LBW by Selby for 73 to reduce the visitors to 125-3.

Two late wickets for Oswestry masked the margin of defeat as dropped catches, missed run outs and basic fielding errors allowed Himley to run out five wicket wickets and 10 overs to spare.

Fynn 2-37 and Selby 2-59 were the Oswestry wicket takers, the other wicket to fall was a run out by Mattie Davies.