Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Westbury Amongst The Runs As Shrews Finish Runners-Up

Worcestershire’s players have featured prominently in the Birmingham and District League this summer when county commitments have allowed and several of them have made telling contributions for their respective clubs.

Opener Ollie Westbury was the leading run-scorer amongst the Worcestershire contingent with 736 at an average of 40.89 for Shrewsbury.

Westbury hit one century and six fifties and was also held the fourth highest number of catches in the league with 19.

His efforts helped Shrewsbury to finish runners-up in the Premier Division after they were pipped for the title in the final match by Knowle and Dorridge.

Zen Malik (Wolverhampton) was the next highest scorer with 642 at 42.80 with one hundred and five half centuries.

Zain Ul Hassan (Stourbridge) – 604 at 30.20 – and George Rhodes (Barnards Green) – 582 at 44.77 – were next in line.

Worcestershire’s regular opening pair of Brett D’Oliveira and Daryl Mitchell performed with distinction for Ombersley and Brockhampton respectively.

D’Oliveira scored 572 runs at an average of 63.56 and Mitchell 549 at 68.63 although his efforts were unable to save Brockhampton from relegation.

Alex Hepburn (Berkswell) – 516 at 36.86 – and Tom Fell (Wolverhampton) – 351 at 27.00 – also played regularly for their clubs.

Josh Tongue’s brother Ryan Tongue, who recently had a trial for the Seconds against Surrey at Kidderminster, had a season to remember with 1206 runs for Barnards Green – the second highest tally in the league this summer.

On the bowling front, Jack Shantry returned the best bowling average of the Worcestershire players as his 29 wickets for Wellington cost just 11.86 runs apiece.

Ul-Hassan picked up 33 wickets at 19.45 and Ben Twohig (Wolverhampton) 28 at 29.96.

Rhodes and Dillon Pennington (Shrewsbury) finished with 26 wickets apiece at averages of 19.19 and 16.04 respectively.

Other players to top the 20 wicket mark were Pat Brown (Kidderminster) – 22 at 25.27 – and Hepburn – 21 at 25.10.