Oswestry 174 all out lost to Pelsall 176-4 by six wickets

Oswestry are now staring relegation in the face as bottom side Pelsall lifted themselves off the foot of the second division the Birmingham and District Premier League to leapfrog the Bordermen on Saturday.

This was a must win game for Oswestry but once again their batting, with the exception of captain Warrick Fynn, failed as they crashed to their third successive defeat to leave them well and truly in the relegation mire

Fynn, who chose to bat after winning the toss, stood alone against the Pelsall attack as wickets tumbled around him with only Josh Coleridge (16) and David Laird (11) reaching double figures

When the South African all rounder became the sixth wicket to fall, being trapped LBW by spinner Jujhar Johal, the scoreboard stood at 139 with Fynn contributing 91 off just 88 balls, including 15 fours.

With the Oswestry skipper departed, the end of the Oswestry innings was in sight, but schoolboy Tommy Bromage struck a defiant 23, before the Bordermen were finally bowled out for 174 in the 46th over.

Johal returned figures of 5-40 including that of 15 year old Ellesmere College debutant, Ewan Tulloch while Todd Henderson also impressed by claiming three wickets.

The Staffordshire side were never seriously troubled in reply and strolled to a comprehensive margin of victory.

David Laird (3-58) gave brief hope when he took two wickets in the space of four balls with the home team still 84 short of their target.

However Henderson, with an unbeaten half century and an undefeated 70 from opener Jake Lea, steered Pelsall to a comprehensive victory with plenty of overs to spare as Oswestry were left propping up the league table with time running out.