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Harris inspires victory
11:00am Saturday 30th June 2012 in Cricket
A FINE individual performance from Phil Harris led Barnards Green to a convincing Birmingham League Division Two win over local rivals Eastnor.
Harris was the mainstay of the Barnards Green innings with a superb 103 off 94 balls, which included eight fours and seven sixes, in their total of 214-7, while Mark Hooper (21) and Rurawhe (34) also weighed in with useful contributions.
Eastnor’s innings started poorly with Shahid Ahmed caught behind off Harris in the third over for a duck, before smart fielding from Hennessy at mid-wicket ran out Jabran Khalid for four.
Atiq Ur-Rehman was also caught behind off Harris for 0, leaving Eastnor 12-3 fromseven overs.
Clive Chandhani came to the crease with a captain’s innings needed, but Eastnor were soon struggling on 52-6 with 26 overs to bat through.
This quickly became 64-8 as Smedley claimed his second and third wickets.
Harris (4-31) topped off a brilliant performance with a fine pick up and throw to run out Sharafat Hussain for five before returning to the attack to take his third wicket.
Eastnor were bowled out for 85 in the 43rd over to hand Barnards Green victory by 129 runs and another maximum 24 points.
Barnards Green will be looking to continue their good form when they head to Brewood for a league clash tomorrow.
Tthe clash between the second teams of both Barnards Green and Eastnor in Birmingham and District League Division Two Second XI (South) was abandoned.
Barnards Green thirds (141 all out) defeated Old Hill (130 all out) by 11 runs in Worcestershire League Division Four (First XI).